FT: Denied of a clean sheet in the dying moments due to a frivolous penalty, NYCFC ease past the Columbus Crew 4-1 in their third straight win!
It was a thorough and dominant win for the Boys in Blue that saw goals from Taty Castellanos, Thiago, Keaton Parks, and Santi Rodriguez. It’s the team’s second straight big win and right now, hope is rising in the Bronx!
89’: Room makes a double save.
81’: Andres Jasson and Tony Rocha come on for Maxi Moralez and Jesus Medina
71’: GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Santi gets his first!
Taty takes a strike from distance that’s parried by Room. Maxi runs onto it and centers it for Santi Rodriguez who taps home his first MLS goal! It’s another blowout! 4-0 NYCFC!!!!
64' Malte Amundsen comes on for Gudi Thorarinsson. Santi Rodriguez comes on for Thiago. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) July 31, 2021
51’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! City triples their lead!
Jesus Medina is denied a goal. Thiago pounces on the loose ball, sizes up his mark, then slips it through for Keaton Parks who taps it home! I LOVE THIS!!!!
We’re back for the second half! Can City continue their dominance over this game and achieve a second straight blowout win?
HT: NYCFC lead 2-0 over the Crew going into halftime!
Not the prettiest half you’ll ever see, but the job is getting done. City got off to a good start with Taty’s goal on a corner in the first 15 minutes. And despite coming on as a sub in place of Cacha Acevedo, Alfredo Morales made an immediate impact with a long ball to the pacy Thiago before the Brazilian topped it off with a beautiful chipped goal to double NYCFC’s advantage.
So far, so good!
35’: ThiaGOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! And what a goal it was!
Moments after coming on, Alfredo Morales sends Thiago down the left flank. In a brilliant display of incendiary speed, Thiago burns Columbus’ defense and chips Room from an acute angle. It’s 2-0 NYCFC!
What a pickup this kid has been!
Alfredo Morales said it's GO TIME ⚽️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/MRzUMlKjjN— New York City FC (@NYCFC) July 31, 2021
33’: Cacha Acevedo comes off early for Alfredo Morales. It seems Acevedo has picked up an injury.
30’: It’s great that NYCFC are ahead right now. But ever since the goal, the game has become a stalemate.
21' Zelarayan finally misses a free kick! #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) July 30, 2021
14’: GOOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!! NYCFC strike first!
City draw a corner. The delivery from Jesus Medina is exquisite as Taty Castellanos rises above the defense to head it past Room to grab a goal in his second consecutive game. 1-0 NYCFC!
We’re off in the Bronx! Can City make it three in a row>
Rosters are out! Interestingly, Gudi Thorarinsson returns to the lineup at left back while Malte Amundsen starts on the bench, despite the latter having a brilliant performance last weekend. Thiago also starts while Ismael Tajouri-Shradi has been left off the team sheet entirely, presumably due to injury.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Cacha Acevedo
- International Duty: Sean Johnson, James Sands
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Heber (knee)
- OUT: Talles Magno (knee)
Columbus Crew Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International duty: Gyasi Zardes, Liam Fraser
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Aidan Morris
Referees: Alan Kelly (referee); Matthew Nelson, Gjovalin Bori (assistant referees); Elton Garcia (4th official); Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: July 30, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: YES App, ESPN+ (out of market)
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: The last two times NYCFC has faced off against the Columbus Crew, they’ve both ended in City being defeated 2-1 by way of conceding free kicks to one Lucas Zelarayan. It’s the recurring nightmare that has haunted NYCFC and have kept them from competing at the top of the Eastern Conference table.
But going into this one, the momentum is on NYCFC’s side. Fresh off a dominant 5-0 blowout win against Orlando City, the Boys in Blue will host the Crew at Yankee Stadium in search of their third straight win. Beating City on the road is one thing, as is beating them at Red Bull Arena. But beating NYCFC at Yankee Stadium is a tall task given their history at the notorious makeshift football venue.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.