FT: NYCFC soundly defeat D.C. United 2-0 by way of goals from Héber and Alexandru Mitrita.
It was a textbook performance from the Boys in Blue on this Easter afternoon. And though they started a bit shaky out of the gate, City asserted themselves and played very well on the road. Héber looked great in his first start and James Sands shined particuarly bright as the middle center back in a three-back/five-back hybrid.
Should they continue to build off of this performance, this game could be a turning point for NYCFC.
90’: Five minutes of extra time will be played. Also, James Sands is a beast.
75’: Everything has gone right for NYCFC today. Offensively, they’ve been fluent. Defensively, they’ve been stingy. And they’ve won every significant battle in the midfield due to some brilliant work from both Ebe Ofori and Alex Ring.
63’: Héber comes off for Jesus Medina
It was a great first start for the Brazilian as he assisted on City’s first goal and scored the second himself. If this was anything to gauge Héber’s productivity off of, then the future is bright so long as he’s in the team sheet.
56’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!! Héber scores in his first start with NYCFC and gives City a 2-0 lead.
@Heber__Araujo #ForTheCity pic.twitter.com/nbrftSGJmP— New York City FC (@NYCFC) April 21, 2019
47’: Alexandru Mitrita comes off for Jonathan Lewis. Presumably for an ankle injury.
Second half is underway! NYCFC have the lead. The only question is: can they hold it? Furthermore, can they add to it?
HT: NYCFC lead 1-0 against D.C. after the first half.
Overall, it was a good half for the Boys in Blue. They created several chances and got the go-ahead goal on a nice connection between Héber and Mitrita. However, they’ll be kicking themselves for missing a penalty at the death. Hopefully, that doesn’t come back to bite them in the end.
45’+3: IT’S A PENALTY! Referee Allen Chapman points to the spot after Anton Tinnerholm is brought down in the box.
Maxi Moralez steps up to take it and clangs it off the post. Wasteful.
35’: GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!! Alexandru Mitrita
Héber did well to get himself into a good position with skill before laying it off to Mitrita who tidily taps it past Bill Hamid to put NYCFC up 1-0
Tidiest of finishes from Mitri #NYCFC pic.twitter.com/NXbvyY8ts8— New York City FC (@NYCFC) April 21, 2019
27’: Héber has looked great in his first start thus far. He’s finding all the passes, running into the channels... everything is just looking really good. Now, if he can find a goal, that would be great!
16’: Nobody seems to want to pass today. That’s three straight low-percentage shots on golden opportunities where the extra pass was there.
11’: That was close! Good attacking sequence leads to a stunning shot from distance from Alexandru Mitrita. The shot is just wide.
8’: NYCFC seems to be playing a hybrid of a 3-5-2 and a 5-3-2. Not much in the way of action thus far.
We’re off in the Capital! It’s “Parley for the Oceans” throughout MLS. Therefore, NYCFC line up wearing black while DCU rocks the light blues.
Rosters are out! Héber makes his first start of the season while Alex Callens returns from injury. James Sands seems to be lining up as the middle center back in either a five-back or three-back.
Something worth mentioning, though, is that Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is completely absent from the team sheet one week removed from an amazing performance against Minnesota. Very interesting to say the least.
New York City Starting XI:
| Starting XI @dcunited #NYCFC pic.twitter.com/cdgGacCTmD— New York City FC (@NYCFC) April 21, 2019
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: Taty Castellanos (F) - concussion
- D.C. United Starting XI: TBA
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Oniel Fisher (D) - knee surgery; Chris Odoi-Atsem (D) - Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Antonio Bustamante (M) - knee injury; Joseph Mora (M) - broken jaw; Chris McCann (D) - hamstring injury; QUESTIONABLE: Leonardo Jara (D) - shoulder injury
Referees: Allen Chapman (referee); Jeremy Hanson, Nick Uranga (assistant referees); Marcos DeOliveira (4th official); Daniel Radford (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: April 21, 2019, 4:00 pm.
Venue: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Online streaming: ESPN+
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English
All-time series: It’s crazy to think that New York City FC have started off 2019 winless in seven straight games. But, it’s happened. And with each passing contest, NYCFC inches closer and closer to a hole that cannot climb out of.
This is the part where I’ll usually say that this atrocious string of results will only grow until manager Domé Torrent is fired. But obviously, that’s not happening any time soon so I’m not gonna waste my breath.
Fresh off a scrappy and sloppy 3-3 draw against Minnesota United, NYCFC heads to the nation’s capital to take on a dangerous D.C. United squad on the road in the first of three games to be played this week. And as much as I’d like to say that this game could be the Blues’ turning point for the season, odds are that’s more wishful thinking than anything.
Despite my reservations going into this, I’m hoping for a good Easter win for the Boys in Blue. We desperately need it.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.