New York City made the long voyage west to Seattle. They’ll be returning with all three points, as Frank Lampard scored his second goal in two games, staking the Blues to a second straight win. Left back Ronald Matarrita notched his first MLS goal to seal the win.
There was a bit of controversy in Lampard’s goal. Andrea Pirlo delivered the ball into the box from a corner kick. RJ Allen was first to it, popping it up to an opportunistic Lampard, who appeared to chest the ball into the goal. Further replays showed that the ball actually came off Lampard’s left hand; but since Lampard had actively sought to tuck his left arm away as he made contact, referee Alan Kelly let the goal stand, correctly.
Seattle fans and players were incensed. As Sounders players kept arguing with Kelly, they nearly surrendered a second goal, but keeper Stefan Frei made a fingertip save to deny the onrushing Lampard.
The Blues held on throughout the second half. With three minutes left in regulation, New York City pounced on a turnover by the Sounders deep in their own half. As Frei came out of his goal to challenge David Villa, Mikey Lopez fed the ball to Matarrita, who then slotted the ball past Frei to secure the victory.
The win makes the Blues the best road team in the league, with a 4-2-1 record. They’ll need to keep their road performance up if they’re going to make the playoffs, but New York City looks utterly comfortable playing away from home.
Next up for the Blues: a rematch with the Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium. They’ll look to win their first-ever game against a local rival on July 3.