NYCFC Stay Hot With Clean Sheet Win Over Seattle

NYCFC, Jesus Medina, Anton Tinnerholm
Jesus Medina (right) celebrates with defender Anton Tinnerholm (3) after scoring a goal against the Seattle Sounders. Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports

The unbeaten streak now sits at 14 as New York City FC (NYCFC) defeated the Seattle Sounders 3-0 Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. 

Scoreless through the first 45 minutes, the home side would dominate the second half with the usual suspects leading the offensive effort. 

The initial breakthrough came in the 58th minute with Maxi Moralez in the middle of the action. The 2019 MLS All-Star started the move, feeding the ball into the box to second-half substitute Jesus Medina. He quickly returned the ball to Moralez who beat Stefan Frei for a 1-0 lead.

The goal was the sixth of the season for Moralez and ninth goal he has either scored or assisted on over his past three games.

In the 77th minute, New York City’s Argentine connection made the difference once again. Moralez crossed the ball to Valentin Castellanos who hammered the ball across goal for Jesus Medina to put a finishing touch on it at the back post. The goal was Medina’s first MLS goal of the season.  

Ebenezer Ofori closed out the scoring in the 87th minute, hammering an unstoppable strike from 35 yards out to secure the win.

NYCFC keeper Brad Stuver made four saves to earn the clean sheet. 

Doménec Torrent, New York City head coach, noted the differences in his team’s play between the first half and second half. 

“Mainly the difference was, we created more opportunities in the first half tonight [compared] to the last game,” he said. “The same today though, my feeling was we start[ed] to play soft.”