Clinching the Eastern Conference and guaranteeing not just a first-round bye and home-field advantage for the playoffs, but also a berth into the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League is by far the news of the week for New York City FC fans. That much is obvious.
But, something has also happened at the youth level that is exciting in it’s own right.
NYCFC’s U-19 team — still early on in their system — faced off against the New York Red Bulls youth club on the road on Saturday. As it has been between their respective senior teams, NYCFC and RBNY’s youth teams had a close battle with the game only being won at the very end.
After a scoreless first half, the Red Bulls were the first to strike when in the 61st minute, attacker Nicola Rosamilia scored a tap-in on a pass across the face of goal.
NYCFC would answer back fifteen minutes later when City forward Osaze De Rosario scored in nearly identical fashion, leveling the game at 1-1.
After some back and forth, the Baby Blues would have the last word when in the 90th minute, Tijani Fatah scored the game winning goal following a sublime backheel from a teammate in the box.
Joe Scally — NYCFC’s newest Homegrown Player who has missed much of this season due to injury — started for the U-19’s at right back and played the entirety of the first half. Tayvon Gray, one of City’s most touted prospects, also got a full half’s worth of playing time, coming on as a sub in the second half.
Good work, kids! Way to remind everyone that New York is undoubtedly blue.