FT: NYCFC defeat the Impact 2-0 in a fairly one-sided contest.
Two goals — both within the first ten minutes of each half — were the difference in this one. Outside of said two goals, the Boys in Blue were in firm control of this one from whistle to whistle and the result never seemed to be much in doubt. Overall, a solid performance that gives them their third win of the season.
86’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes off for Taty Castellanos
68’: Tony Rocha comes on for Ebe Ofori. Yikes.
63’: Jesus Medina comes on for Maxi Moralez
60’: Sean Johnson is finally called to action on a well=placed cross, but he deals with it easily enough.
49’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! Ismael Tajouri-Shradi collects the loose ball in the box and curls it past a helpless Evan Bush to give NYCFC a 2-0 lead!
The second half is underway! Can the Boys in Blue maintain their lead and collect all three points in Montreal?
HT: NYCFC lead Montreal 1-0 at the half.
Thus far, Maxi’s rebound goal within the first 10 minutes really the only point of significance for City’s attack. But, a lead’s a lead and the Blues have defended just well enough to escape the first half with a narrow advantage.
39’: Héber has struggled thus far. The Brazilian forward has been practically sure-handed since his arrival, but hasn’t been effective in the final third thus far. Still, plenty of time left in this one.
36’: NYCFC get away with some poor defensive positioning. Taider’s 1-v-1 header is wide of goal.
32’: Wow. This game has really slowed down.
I don’t think either team has had a shot since Maxi’s goal.
16’: Since scoring the go-ahead goal, the game has settled greatly. I don’t know if it’s City playing keep away or just becoming complacent, but the game’s pace has shifted from being wide open for the Blues to being a bit more slow in the buildup.
6’: GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Maxi Moralez taps in the rebound to put City 1-0!
The Pigeons had been very dangerous on the attack and finally get their tally. Anton Tinnerholm spurred the chance, putting a great pass into space for Ben Sweat on left. The left midfielder put a shot on goal that was initially dealt with, but Maxi was there to capitalize for his first goal of the season.
4’: What a chance for NYCFC!
Tajouri-Shradi and Maxi combine with a series of impressive one-two passes, but the Argentinean’s shot is wide of the mark.
Kick off! The Pigeons wear their signature City Blue, while the Impact wear their home stripes.
Rosters are out! As expected, Sebastien Ibeagha steps in to replace James Sands at CB. To my surprise, Daniel Bedoya makes the bench for this one.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxime Chanot (D)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: Ronald Matarrita (D) - calf, Alexandru Mitrita (F) - ankle
Montreal Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: Clement Bayiha (M) - undisclosed injury; OUT: Ignacio Piatti (M) - knee injury, Ken Krolicki (M) - dislocated right elbow
Referees: Baldomero Toledo (referee); Eric Boria, Jason White (assistant referees); Kevin Broadley (4th official); Ekaterina Koroleva (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: May 4, 2019, 5:00 pm.
Venue: Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: New York City FC’s form is either pretty good or pretty mediocre depending upon who you ask. On one hand, NYCFC have gone five straight games unbeaten. On the other, they barely squeaked a 1-0 win past an underwhelming Chicago Fire and drew with Orlando City at home in a stinker of a game.
Opposing the Boys in Blue on this beautiful springtime afternoon is the Montreal Impact who, unlike City, have a good form that is a bit more telling. Off the heels of a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Sporting Kansas City in March, the Quebeckers posted three straight clean sheets before falling to the Philadelphia Union 3-0. Since then, the Impact have won two straight against the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire respectively.
Historically, NYCFC have dominated Montreal since the former’s inaugural 2015 season. In 10 matches, the Pigeons have won five games and have suffered only one defeat, with the remaining four fixtures being draws. It’s also worth noting that NYCFC has never lost a game in Montreal, registering 3 wins and 1 draw in four total matches a Stade Saputo.
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