I’m bored and I assume you are too. So, in the spirit of boredom, let’s make a list!
I decided to sit down and try to remember my favorite goals for New York City FC going back to the inaugural season back in 2015. I couldn’t put them in order because it was too difficult, so it’s just whatever popped up into my head. I also know I forgot some, so feel free to add your favorite goals in the comments down below or on Twitter. Also, this is my opinion and for fun, so before you decide to be a dick, think.
Anton Tinnerholm is one of the most hated players in MLS, if he’s not on your team. His arrival in New York marked the start of a new age of grit for the club. It also marked the age of TinnerBoom. I couldn’t chose only one goal, so I decided to nominate two bangers from Tinnerholm. Enjoy this YouTube compilation of two sweet volleys that kissed the crossbar from early in the 2019 season.
Heber ‘megs Robles (Heber vs New York Red Bulls 2019)
There are a couple goals from the Hudson River Derby in this one. Take it back to last year and this absolutely sweet touch by Héber to put it through Luis Robles’ legs. This goal would ultimately be the game winner in a 2-1 contest.
The Boy Wonder wins NYCFC their first Hudson River Derby (Jack Harrison vs New York Red Bulls 2016)
Another one from the derby. City had yet to win a game against their cross-river rivals until this game. NYCFC boy wonder Jack Harrison drilled one in just under Robles earlyinto the game, giving City the lead and ultimately the game-winning goal. It’s not the most impressive goal in club history, but it marked a significant change in how competitive the derby would become from that day on.
The cult hero strikes again (Kwadwo Poku vs Toronto FC 2016)
Poku was an NYCFC legend of sorts that came from nothing. Poku initially looked like the ultimate diamond-in-the-rough signing after emerging for City in the summer of 2015. His hot run of form seemed to continue into 2016 after banging in this absolutely beautiful curler early in the 2016 campaign. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for Poku as he was ousted by Patrick Viera following 2016. He has since bounced around, playing for Miami FC, Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, and is now with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in USL. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
A piss missile of epic proportions (Valentin Castellanos vs Columbus 2019)
Not much to this goal other than its beauty. It’s a jaw dropping strike from Taty during the club’s historic 2019 campaign.
The first goal in club history (Mix Diskerud vs Orlando City 2015)
The first goal in club history deserves a shout. The story of Mix Diskerud and NYCFC is a better tragedy than any Shakespeare book, but he’ll always have this. The goal marked not only the first in club history, but the start of my fandom for the club. It holds a special space in my heart, despite the disappointment of a career that followed Mix afterwards.
A T-Mac special (Thomas McNamara vs Portland Timbers 2016)
One of my favorite players in club history was a long range specialist, scoring long range bangers for fun. This one vs the Timbers stuck out for me as my favorite goal he ever scored. Long live Tommy Mac, West Nyack’s finest!
Harrison puts Oyongo in a blender (Jack Harrison vs Montreal 2016)
I love T-Mac, but Jack Harrison will forever be my favorite NYCFC player. He was dynamic along the wing and bought a great attacking threat to the field that complemented David Villa. This goal against Montreal will always stick in my memory. My favorite part about this goal may be the fact that he destroyed a good player in Ambroise Oyongo en route to curling a ball around one of the most solid goalies in MLS, Evan Bush. Basque in the glory of the great Jack Harrison.
Lampard completes the comeback (Frank Lampard vs DC United 2016)
Moments after conceding a heartbreaking goal in second half stoppage time, enter Frank Lampard. This goal was classic Lampard and capped off a great comeback victory for the club. Lampard’s time in New York will always be polarizing, but he was one of the best midfielders in the league when he was on the field.
Villa chips Blake from 50 (David Villa vs Philadelphia Union 2017)
Need I say anything? It’s still an absolutely ridiculous foal from Villa even to this day. Take a bow, David Villa, the best player in club history.
What did I miss? The answer is probably a lot, but you can’t win them all. Feel free to comment below or tweet us your favorite goals in club history. In the meantime, stay healthy, practice social distancing, and come on New York.