FT: NYCFC defeat the LA Galaxy 2-0 in a contest that was decided way back in the first half. Héber and Maxi Moralez were the goalscorers in this one. with the former scoring a tap-in and the latter scoring a penalty.
I must admit, this Blues team we’ve seen these past few weeks have looked like a completely different team than the one we saw in March. They were stingy on defense, dominant in the midfield, and opportunistic on offense.
This is a great way to go into an off week.
90’: NYCFCdefense.exe: EXECUTED!!!
LAG has obviously become frustrated by the defensive clinic that has been put forth in this game. Zlatan should probably have been sent off minutes ago and now, the Galaxy are taking some liberties when the opportunity arises.
80’: Alex Callens keeps the game scoreless by clearing a Zlatan chip off the line
75’: Keaton Parks comes on for Maxi Moralez
74’: Sebastien Ibeagha comes on for Ronald Matarrita
72’: Defensively speaking, NYCFC has been world class in this game
65’: Alexandru Mitrita comes in for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
56’: Right now, NYCFC is doing exactly what I was worried about.
Just ten minutes into this half, the Blues have let their foot off the gas and have relinquished at least some pressure in the midfield.
Second half has begun! Can NYCFC continue to mount the pressure and keep Zlatan at bay?
45’+4: PENALTY!!! Referee Chris Penso consults with the VAR, which determines the ball was handled in the box.
Maxi steps up to take it and... SINKS IT!!! 2-0 NYCFC
That should be the end of the first half.
44’: GOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! Héber taps it in on the rebound to give the Pigeons the lead!
It was a beautifully curled run by Anton Tinnerholm and brilliant pass from Alex Ring which spawned his initial shot on goal. David Bingham was able to parry the shot, but the opportunistic Héber was right there to send it into the back of the net.
34’: NYCFC just can’t find that last pass. defensively, they’ve been sound. On the offesive side of the ball, however, the Blues have controlled the ball but have failed to get a good chance on goal.
28’: LAG’s goal is waved off as being offside. Still 0-0.
10’: So far, so good. NYCFC are controlling the play, possessing the ball, and have looked more dangerous. They just need some shots
We’re off in Carson! City are in the Blues, Galaxy in the whites.
Rosters are out! Shockingly, Tony Rocha is starting. I don’t get it.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxime Chanot (D)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Ebenezer Ofori (M) - core; QUESTIONABLE: Ronald Matarrita (D) - calf, Alexandru Mitrita (F) - ankle, James Sands (D) - adductor, Ben Sweat (D) - adductor
LA Galaxy Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Perry Kitchen (M) - foot injury, Romain Alessandrini (M) - knee surgery; QUESTIONABLE: Julian Araujo (D) - foot injury
Referees: Chris Penso (referee); Brian Poeschel, Felisha Mariscal (assistant referees); Ismir Pekmic (4th official); Ricardo Salazar (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: May 11, 2019, 4:00 pm.
Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA
Online streaming: ESPN+
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: Coming off a big 2-0 win against the Montreal Impact, New York City FC take a trip to the West Coast to take on the LA Galaxy, who are led by the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Galaxy started off the season as hot as anyone, but have lost their last two against the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew respectively. NYCFC, on the other hand, have gone unbeaten in their last six games with three of those games being wins.
All-time, City have fared well against their LA-based counterparts, having won three of the four contests between the two with LAG’s sole win coming in the two clubs’ first-ever meeting back in 2015.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.