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NYCFC win their fourth straight against the Lions and pull within striking distance of Atlanta!

MLS: New York City FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

FT: NYCFC defeat Orlando City 2-0.

It wasn’t pretty, and it may have come at a high price, but it’ll do for now. City was in control for most of the match, though they did let Orlando gain some momentum late in the second half. Fortunately for us, the Lions didn’t come to play tonight.

Alex Ring’s boneheaded booking late in the game will force him to miss the club’s trip to Seattle. To make matters worse, Maxi Moralez didn’t look good after the O’Neil challenge which saw the latter get sent off. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and won’t require to miss time with the club. The race for the Shield is heating up, and NYCFC is gonna need all hands on deck to make it work.


86’: Maxi Moralez comes off for Jo Inge Berget.

It was a quality game for Moralez who bagged a goal and nearly a second. Unfortunately, after Shane O’Neil’s reckless tackle, he is hurt and will finish watching the game from the sidelines. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious.


83’: Yep. That’s an Orlando red card.


75’: Maxi Moralez nearly bags his brace, but his goal is unfortunately ruled offsides


70’: Jonathan Lewis comes on for Rodney Wallace. The Rodfather wasn’t the difference tonight, but it wasn’t a poor shift. Let’s see if Lewis can inject some energy into this game.


61’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi returns! The Libyan winger comes on for T-Mac


58’: NYCFC looks better than they did early on in the first half. They’ve controlled the game and have kept Orlando at bay.


The second half is underway!


45’: GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Anton Tinnerholm ends the half with a gorgeous curling goal to put NYCFC up 2-0. The Swedish right back has certainly made his impact this year and continues to be integral to the Blues’ success.


40’: GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! Maxi Moralez!

The Argentinean playmaker cleans up the trash in front of the net following some bizarre poor touches in the box and a rouge ball off the post. 1-0 NYC!


36’: No communication in the midfield whatsoever. City needs to make Orlando pay for their recklessness.


30’: NYCFC is gonna have to start delivering on attacking opportunities


15’: So far, there is no true aggressor.

City looks discombobulated, while Orlando doesn’t look all that better.


1’: And we’re off in Orlando! City wears the famous blue Etihad shirt, while the Lions don their signature purple.


Rosters

New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Alex Ring
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M - Yangel Herrera (ankle surgery), D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury); QUESTIONABLE: F - David Villa (right knee injury)

Orlando City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: GK - Mason Stajduhar (Localized Ewing Sarcoma), D - Lamine Sane (quad injury), D - Jonathan Spector (hamstring injury)

Referees: Robert Sibiga (referee); Nick Uranga, Eric Weisbrod (assistant referees); Marcos Deoliveira(4th official); Chris Penso (VAR)


How To Watch

Match date & time: July 26th, 2018, 8 p.m. EST

Venue: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL

Online streaming: WatchESPN

TV: ESPN

Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English (Crooks, Wingert); WADO 1280 AM — Spanish (Abramowitz, Judas).

All-time series: New York City trails Orlanoo four wins to five with two draws. However, the Blues have won two straight against their fellow 2015 MLS expansion side.

Orlando has had a rough go at it in 2018, In 20 games, the Lions have only managed 22 points and are currently 6 points off of a playoff spot. Surely, it could be worse. But it could be a lot better as well.

For NYCFC, things couldn’t be any more different. Under new manager Domé Torrent, City have won four of their last five games including three straight. City currently trail the first place Atlanta United by four points with two games in hand. Should they be able to correct their 2018 road woes against a severely struggling OCSC side, NYCFC will be poised to take a huge stab at the Five Stripes moving forward.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.