The win on Pride Night at Yankee Stadium also extended the home side’s unbeaten streak to 10 (5 wins, 5 draws).
New York got goals from Héber (2), Alexandru Mitriță, Maxi Moralez and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, with Moralez also adding two assists. Ironically, no Cincinnati player was on the score sheet as the visitor’s two tallies came via NYCFC own goals.
New York City jumped out to a 3-0 within 29 minutes on goals from Mitriță, Héber and Tajouri-Shradi. While head coach Doménec Torrent was pleased with the start of the match, he took issue with the team’s play after it secured the three-goal lead.
“I’m happy just in the first 20 minutes. We were able to create chances and score a few goals,” he said. “But after that, we didn’t play well because there was too much ‘rabona.’ We have to respect the game. I say to them in the second half, we have to respect the game because (Cincinnati is) a good team.”
An own goal credited to Héber scored from a corner kick would cut New York City’s lead to two. But four minutes after halftime, Héber would put one in the correct goal to extend NYCFC’s lead to 4-1.
A 76th-minute own goal again cut the lead to two, but Moralez closed out the scoring with a tally in the 90th minute.
“The important thing is that we won and we did it in good form,” he said. “In the first half, the first 20 minutes we managed the ball well, but that intensity and scoring three goals made us relax a little. However, over the 90 minutes, I think we played a good game.”
New York City will next be on the pitch June 29 at Yankee Stadium when they take on Eastern Conference leaders the Philadelphia Union. Game time is 7 p.m.