FT: NYCFC breezes past Montreal in a tidy 1-0 contest!
It wasn’t a barnburner by any means. But NYCFC had a very good performance that got better as the game progressed. I feel that most fans will be satisfied with it.
The only thing that remains a concern is the finishing — it needs to be better. One goal was good enough for three points tonight, but it won’t be a majority of the time. Taty needs to get out of his head or take a seat.
Three minutes of stoppage time!
82’: Double substitution! Thiago comes on for Taty Castellanos while Malte Amundsen comes on for Gudi Thorarinsson.
72’: First change. Keaton Parks comes on for Cacha Acevedo.
56’: Another big chance! Medina feigns a big touch and lays it off to Shradi. He takes a a good shot on goal, but it strikes the bar. Very unlucky.
54' Brilliant cross from Maxi on the free kick, but Maxime Chanot can't strike it cleanly. Definitely should've been a goal. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) July 22, 2021
48’: City almost double their lead! Tajouri-Shradi crosses the ball to the far post. Maxi Moralez is there to head it into the middle where Medina meets the ball, but can’t force it past the keeper.
The second half has begun. Does City have the juice to keep the goals coming?
HT: NYCFC go into the halftime break with a 1-0 advantage over Montreal.
It was an up-and-down first half for City. Both teams had significant chances to grab the opening goal. But ultimately, it was Ismael Tajouri-Shradi who found the net first and gave his club a much-needed 1-0 advantage.
But NYCFC cannot afford to take their foot off the gas. Scoring multiple goals has been an issue for the past two matchups. Distance is needed.
34’: Big save from Barraza to stop the shot on the counter. He’s having quite the night tonight. I hope I didn’t just jinx him.
29’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!! Shroddy Doddy nets the first!
Luis Barraza lays a big ball down the pitch on a goal kick. The Montreal defender misjudges it, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi bodies him, then chips the keeper to give City the much-needed 1-0 advantage.
27' City are building some momentum and pressing well in the midfield. Literally the only thing missing from this team is the final product. Everything else has been class. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) July 22, 2021
11’: Early on, and both teams are still feeling each other out. Both City and Montreal have threatened, but nobody has seized control of the pace of play yet.
We’re off in Jersey. I really hate saying that.
Rosters are out! After sitting last week in place of Thiago, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi returns to the starting lineup against Montreal. Elsewhere, Alfredo Morales gets the start at the 8 over Keaton Parks.
The only real surprise is seeing Luis Barraza back in the lineup. He’s been a bit suspect in Sean Johnson’s absence and maybe tonight would’ve been a good time to see how Mizell does.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International Duty: Sean Johnson, James Sands
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Heber (knee)
- OUT: Talles Magno (knee)
CF Montreal Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Kiki Struna, Rudy Camacho
- International duty: Samuel Piette, Kamal Miller, Romell Quioto
- Injury Report: N/A
Referees: Ted Unkel (referee); Adam Wienckowski, Ryan Graves (assistant referees); Joshua Encarnacion (4th official); Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: July 21, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Online streaming: YES App (live stream), ESPN+ (out of market)
TV: YES (tape delay)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: New York City FC are a team in desperate need of a win. Having lost their last two games, NYCFC currently find themselves in 7th just barely holding on to a playoff spot. Yes, there is plenty of season left. But should City go into a funk over the summer, it could be difficult to challenge the higher seeds come the fall.
CF Montreal, on the other hand, have had a bit of a turnaround recently. Their current form finds them in 4th place in the Easter Conference and a win tonight could see them go as high as 2nd. Montreal defeated City in a scrappy 2-1 contest a few weeks ago. Expect NYCFC to be seeking revenge.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.