FT: NEW YORK CITY WINS! A 2-1 COMEBACK WIN! Patrick Vieira made the necessary adjustments to set up New York City for victory at half-time, and it showed. Tinnerholm scored the equalizer in the 49th, followed by Maxi Moralez’s winner in the 60th.
The Pigeons continue their unbeaten start to the season. They’ve won 13 out of a possible 15 points to start the year. After five games, it’s becoming clear that they’re the class of the Eastern Conference. Columbus trails them by three points, and no other team has more than six total.
New York City now have a lengthy break ahead of them; their next game won’t be until Wednesday, April 11, against Real Salt Lake. That gives them time to get key players - like David Villa - up to snuff.
94’: The Pigeons kill off nearly two minutes of the six. A free kick opportunity results in Moralez taking a free shot at goal, but it’s blocked off the line by San Jose’s Lima. And New York City makes their final sub — Kwame Awuah for Jesus Medina.
89’: There was a bit of tussling and arguing and fussing over...it’s unclear what, exactly? Anyway, in the midst of it, New York City makes a substitution: Cedric Hountondji for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.
And we’ve got six minutes of stoppage time as a result.
79’: San Jose are throwing everyone forward, and they think they’ve equalized...but with five players offside, they haven’t. Still, the Quakes are desperate to find a tying goal, and you sense that maybe that might happen if New York City don’t find a way to maintain possession.
73’: Scary collision between Yangel Herrera and San Jose’s Cummings. Cummings is literally knocked out, and has to come off. He’s replaced by Quincy Amarikwa. Herrera is cleared to come back in, and does.
69’: Berget comes off for Sebastian Ibeagha, as manager Patrick Vieira looks to lock down the road win. Berget performed creditably in an emergency start, replacing David Villa. It’s the first sub for the Pigeons.
60’: GOOOOOALLLL MAXI MORALEZ!!! NEW YORK CITY 2 - SAN JOSE 1!!! What a run by Ismael Tajouri-Shradi! The Libyan winger absolutely rockets down the right side, then picks his head up and delivers a pin-point cross to the feet of Maxi Moralez. All Moralez has to do is chip the ball into the net, which he does with aplomb.
Just like that, the Pigeons lead on the road.
49’: GOOOOOOOALLLL ANTON TINNERHOLM!!! NEW YORK CITY 1 - SAN JOSE 1! A darting run by Jo-Inge Berget results in a corner. Moralez delivers the set piece, and the Swede scores an absolute screamer. We’re square at one apiece, and New York City are clearly in the ascendancy.
HT: A quiet first half after the early Quakes goal. New York City came closest to scoring in the 34th minute, as Saad Abdul-Salaam teed up a scoring opportunity. One thing to watch for — Abdul-Salaam pulled up limping shortly afterwards, and signaled to the bench that he might need to come off. He played out the half, but might be replaced.
The Pigeons are clearly missing Villa, but you could see momentum shift as they broke the high press at times late in the half. We’ll see if they can get an equalizer in the second half.
23’: Aside from the early Quakes goal, it’s been a pretty quiet affair. Berget has grown into the game, serving as a target man for New York City. That said, the San Jose high press has done a good job of stalling out the Pigeons offense.
Additionally, it’s clear that New York City really miss Alexander Ring. Both Ebenezer Ofori and Yangel Herrera are primarily defensive midfielders, and they’re missing his metronomic passing,
2’: Goal, Earthquakes. Yeferson Quintana with the set-piece header. Zonal marking has its detractors, and part of the reason is that players can float in unmarked. A slow start for the Pigeons becomes disastrous as an unmarked Jefferson Quintana snaps home the header off a corner.
Well, this isn’t good. Minutes before kickoff, David Villa felt a small twinge and scratched himself from starting the game. Jo-Inge Berget replaces him up top.
Rosters are out, and both David Villa and Anton Tinnerholm have returned to the lineup. Tinnerholm gets the start at left back in lieu of Ben Sweat, who’s a late scratch due to the flu. Meanwhile, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi gets the start at left wing in place of Rodney Wallace. Many fans will welcome that particular move, since Wallace hasn’t scored since May of last year.
New York City Starting XI (4-3-3, R-to-L): Johnson; Abdul-Salaam, Chanot, Callens, Tinnerholm; Ofori, Moralez, Herrera; Tajouri-Shradi, Villa (c), Medina.
Bench: Stuver; Hountondji, Awuah, Sands, Ibeagha, McNamara, Berget
- Suspended: None
- Injury: OUT: Ronald Matarrita (hamstring), Alex Ring (knee); QUESTIONABLE: David Villa (calf)
San Jose Starting XI (4-4-2, R-to-L): Tarbell; Lima, Quintana, Cummings, Salinas; Eriksson, Godoy, Jungwirth, Vako; Hoesen, Wondolowski (c).
Bench: Bersano, Qwiberg, Affolter, Hyka, Yueill, Alashe, Amarikwa
- Suspended: None
- Injury: None
Referees: Armando Villarreal (referee); Ian Anderson, Brian Poeschel (asst. referees); Alejandro Mariscal (4th official); Younes Marrakchi (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: March 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m. EST
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA
Online streaming: ESPN3, MLS LIVE (out of blackout)
TV: ESPN2 in the U.S.; TSN2 in Canada
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English (Crooks, Kolker, Masur, Lawrence); WADO 1280 AM — Spanish (Abramowitz, Judas).
All-time series: New York City and San Jose have squared off three times in total. The Pigeons have won twice and drawn once. That draw came in their last meeting, a drab 0-0 game that was also their last trip out to San Jose. New York City have lost just one of their last eight league road games; they’ve won three and drawn four in that stretch.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.