Two Late Goals Lead NYCFC Past New England

Jonathan Lewis, NYCFC
NYCFC forward Jonathan Lewis and New England defender Andrew Farrell fight for the ball. Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York City FC 2
New England Revolution 1

Goals: NYCFC: 77’ David Villa, 90’+4 Jonathan Lewis (assists Ben Sweat, David Villa); NE: 57’ Teal Bunbury

Key Points: New York City FC won its third match in a row with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Eastern Conference rivals the New England Revolution. With the Citizens knowing three points would give them a solid hold on second place in the conference, the boys in blue nonetheless came out flat and the match finished the first 45 scoreless. New England would strike first 12 minutes past halftime as Teal Bunbury capitalized on a rare Sean Johnson error to put the visitors up 1-0. Following the entry of Khiry Shelton and Sean Okoli, it would once again be the captain, David Villa, who leveled the match. After New England failed to clear a set-piece, Villa would find the back of the net for his 19th goal of the season. As the clock went deep into stoppage time a shot by Ben Sweat found its way to Jonathan Lewis at the back post and the rookie hit a piercing shot into the top corner for his second goal in two games.

NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira…
“I think we tried to play, but we played against a team that worked really hard and was very organized and they made it really difficult for us. Through the game, I think we were getting really frustrated because there wasn’t a lot of space for us to play, and I think New England made it very difficult for us. I think it was good to win because I believe that it’s always good to get close to Toronto, but I believe that Toronto is already the champions. The other teams, we’re going to fight for the second spot, and Toronto will win the league because they are really strong and I don’t think anyone will catch them. I think really this kind of game, you have to show quality and a lot of desire. I think today we didn’t play our best football because of New England, but at the same time, I think we wanted to win and we had a positive attitude. We tried to create chances. We tried to play forward, and we can do it, and in the end, we scored the goal and our strength came from the bench players who bring something to the team.

What’s next:
New York City travels west to Harrison, N.J., for the final regular season meeting with the New York Red Bulls. Game time is 7 p.m.