FT: New York City 3, Dallas 1
It’s all over here in The Bronx. The Pigeons earn a well-deserved, but hard, win over FC Dallas. David Villa scored twice - including his 400th career goal - along with Jesus Medina, and that’s all it took.
This was the kind of gritty win that New York City needed going into the Hudson River Derby next Saturday. They’ll be playing their archrivals in Harrison, NJ, at 2 pm. That game will be on ESPN.
90’: Three minutes of added time
Barring a miracle, FC Dallas will no longer be unbeaten. And New York City will earn their first-ever win over the Toros.
85’: Substitution — David Villa off for Saad Abdul-Salaam
It’s been a historic night for the Spanish legend, and Vieira subs him off so he can receive a justly-deserved ovation.
82’: New York City are in control here, with about eight minutes plus stoppage time left to play. Dallas are still threatening, and have come close a number of times, but every chance comes after incredible effort, and more often than not, leads to a turnover. Dallas simply cannot maintain possession.
73’: Substitutions — Ebenezer Ofori for Jesus Medina, Rodney Wallace for Jo Inge Berget
Real talk: if I’m Jon Lewis, I’m demanding a trade. There is no apparent reason for Wallace to keep on getting the minutes he’s getting. Ofori for Medina is a defensive sub, as Vieira looks to shut down the game.
69’: GOOOOOOALLLL DAVID VILLA!!! NEW YORK CITY 3 - DALLAS 1!!!
Alex Ring intercepts the ball neatly at midfield, and feeds David Villa with the long pass. Villa intersects two Dallas defenders, who are left to gaze helplessly as he slides the ball past a despairing Maurer.
It’s Villa’s fourth goal of the season, and brings him level with Moralez and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.
63’: We’re more than an hour into this match, and Dallas is still looking for that equalizer. But New York City’s doing an effective job of pressing and harassing FCD’s offensive players, and that’s making them work extra hard for their chances.
52’: In contrast to the first half, the second has had a herky-jerky quality to it. Moralez has had the one clear chance for New York City, getting a beautiful ball on a plate from Villa, only to shoot it straight at Jimmy Maurer’s chest.
Dallas has had more chances, but they haven’t been good chances, and they’ve already burnt through two substitutions; Jacori Hayes just came off for Carlos Gruezo.
46’: Right off the bat, FC Dallas is threatening, and Sean Johnson has to scramble to make the save. FCD made a halftime sub -- Mauro Diaz came on for Maxi Urruti. Diaz is the leader of this Dallas team, and if they’re going to be full-on contenders, Diaz needs to be in the mix.
HT: New York City 2, Dallas 1
It very nearly could’ve been 3-1 at the half, as Maxi Moralez lined it up and nearly scored a rocket from distance. Dallas keeper Jimmy Maurer (who used to play for the Pigeons nemesis, the New York Cosmos) had to stretch out all the way just to push it off the crossbar.
For the most part, that was a good half from the Pigeons. They took the early lead, and they generally controlled the pace of the game. But they’ll be concerned about how passively Moralez played during long stretches of the half, and how often they had to scramble in defense. They clearly miss Chanot, and will hope to have him back for the Derby.
44’: So close! David Villa gets the ball in the touchline and feeds Jesus Medina high...but Medina went to ground, expecting the ball down low.
The fourth official indicates there will be three minutes of added time. New York City are back in control, but would welcome a third goal before the half.
36’ GOOOAL DAVID VILLA!!! HIS 400TH GOAL!!!
Referee Ismail Elfath decides to consult the VAR official. Replays convince him that Ziegler did commit a handball foul in the box, and he awards the penalty kick.
There’s no question at all that Villa will take this one. He does, and he scores his 400th goal for club and country.
33’: Is there a handball? FCD’s Ziegler may have possibly committed a handball foul.
25’: One thing to keep an eye on — the next yellow card that Alexander Ring receives will result in a suspension. Vieira will dearly want to avoid that situation with the Hudson River Derby happening next week.
17’: New York City are a little shell-shocked after that goal, and it shows. They’ve let Dallas control the pace of the game for the last few minutes, and while it hasn’t resulted in scoring chances, it’s had the Pigeons scrambling in response. New York City aren’t exactly a team known for improvising on the fly, and it shows.
10’: Goal, Santiago Mosquera, Dallas. FC Dallas 1 - New York City 1.
Good lord, that was a howler of a bad pass from Yangel Herrera. He passes directly to Maxi Urruti, who calmly feeds Mosquera, who makes a run without anyone marking him. He has all the time and space in the world to line up his shot - and he doesn’t miss.
So much for that early lead. And it’s a reminder of why FCD is unbeaten.
3’: GOOOOOOOALLLL JESUS MEDINA!!! 1-0 NEW YORK CITY!
It’s a dream start for New York City! The Pigeons were up for the fight from jump, and this goal is deserved. David Villa — who’s looking for his 400th goal for club and country — shakes off a couple of Dallas defenders, then feeds the ball to Jo Inge Berget. Berget shoots, but the ball rebounds off the post. Medina is the man on the spot, though, and he nudges home the goal. It’s his second of the season, to go with his five assists.
More importantly, it means that New York City lead early, and can continue dictating the pace of the game.
1’: We’re off!
TOROS ON A RAMPAGE. FC Dallas are unbeaten in their last seven games. Last season, FCD were a hipstery pick as a MLS Cup contender, combining attractive attacking displays with a roster packed with young, homegrown players. Then, mysteriously and catastrophically, they fell apart. They finished the season on 46 points, just outside the playoffs.
Their start this season has been quiet, yet potent. They’ve outscored opponents 14-4, and they’ve had three clean sheets in this streak. This is a tough opponent for New York City, and if the Pigeons play as awfully as they did against Portland, they’ll lose to Dallas.
We’re about five minutes away from kickoff. It’s a cool, breezy night at Yankee Stadium. The conditions are perfect for soccer in the city.
JONATHAN LEWIS KLAXON!!! For the first time this season, Jonathan Lewis has made a game-day roster. His absence from the lineup — and Rodney Wallace’s persistence in it — has perplexed and frustrated Pigeons fans. We’ll see if he’s sufficiently out of manager Patrick Vieira’s doghouse to actually make an appearance on the field.
Defensive stalwart Maxime Chanot is missing tonight’s game for “personal reasons”. Sebastian Ibeagha takes his place in the backline. Ben Sweat gets the start over Ronald Matarrita at left back, with the Costa Rican absent from the 18-man roster. This is presumably for rotation and health reasons.
New York City Starting XI (4-3-3, L-to-R): Johnson; Sweat, Callens, Ibeagha, Tinnerholm; Ring, Herrera, Moralez; Berget, Villa (c), Medina
Bench: Stuver; Abdul-Salaam, Hountondji; Ofori, McNamara, Wallace, Lewis
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: MF Alexander Ring
- Injury: OUT: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (hamstring)
FC Dallas Starting XI (4-4-2, L-to-R): Maurer; Nedyalkov, Ziegler, Hedges (c), Cannon; Lamah, Ulloa, Hayes, Mosquera; Urruti, Colmán.
Bench: Zobeck, Reaves, Gruezo, Acosta, Barrios, Diaz, Akindele
- Suspended: None
- Injury: OUT: MF - Brandon Servania (compartment syndrome), F - Jesus Ferreira (core muscle repair surgery), MF - Paxton Pomykal (right meniscus surgery), D - Maynor Figueroa (right knee strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF - Kellyn Acosta (sports hernia surgery), GK - Jesse Gonzalez (finger strain)
Referees: Ismail Elfath (referee); Kathryn Nesbitt, Eric Weisbrod (assistant referees); Marcos Deoliveira (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: April 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m. EST
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: FOX Sports Go, ESPN+ (out of blackout)
TV: YES, DAZN (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 has never beaten FC Dallas. The two teams have played three times; their last two encounters have ended in draws. Their last meeting in Frisco, TX, was a fairly drab 1-1 tie. Kellyn Acosta scored in the 20th minute, but in the 68th minute, Tommy McNamara notched a rebound goal off a David Villa free kick.
Their last game in The Bronx was a goal-strewn affair, though. That was a 2-2 draw that saw McNamara score eight minutes in, before Dallas scored twice to take the lead. Khiry Shelton - who’s now with Sporting KC - scored the equalizer in the 78th minute.
Things are different now. New York City got off to a roaring start this season, going seven games unbeaten before delivering an utterly lifeless performance against Portland, losing 3-1. They’ll be looking to find their groove again by playing a Dallas team that, while unbeaten, is still trying to find its rhythm. But the Toros have won two tough road games — against New England and Philadelphia — coming into this one.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.