NYCFC Extends Unbeaten Streak In Draw At Chicago

NYCFC Alexandru Mitrita. Photo: Mike DiNovo-USA Today Sports

New York City FC (NYCFC) extended its unbeaten streak to a team record eight matches with a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire.

Dome Torrent made one change to the lineup that started the 2-0 win at LA Galaxy in the team’s most recent game, bringing in Alexandru Mitriță for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.

While NYCFC soaked up pressure from the home side during the first 10 minutes, it was the visitors that had the game’s first meaningful opportunity.

In the 11th minute, Maxi Moralez’s first touch served to open up the final third. The Argentine picked out Héber who was through on goal but his chipped shot found only the crossbar.

Chicago would take the lead in the 28th minute as C.J. Sapong would find the back of the net. The goal was City’s first away concession in more than 270 minutes of play.

Torrent’s men were able to recover and hit back just before the half-time break, thanks to Mitriță. The Romanian let rip from distance to level the match five minutes before the interval, for his third goal.

Neither team was able to find the tie-breaking goal and the points would be shared.

Sean Johnson faced 11 Chicago shots (5 on target) and made four saves.

“(Chicago) deserved, in the first half, to win the game,” said Torrent. “I think in the second half we played much better than them, that’s in my opinion. It’s a fair result for both but maybe, it’s not about the result.”

New York City will be back on the road Saturday, June 1, when they meet the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.