The game in 100 words (or less): New York City FC opened up MLS play at Yankee Stadium with the first win in club history, defeating defending Eastern Conference champion New England Revolution 2-0. Over 43,000 fans packed the historic ballpark and were not disappointed, as David Villa put the hosts ahead within 20 minutes. It was Villa’s first goal in MLS and highlighted a great day for the NYCFC skipper, as he looked dangerous for all 90 minutes. The margin of victory could have been greater if not for a stellar performance by Revs’ keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Three moments that mattered
19′ — David Villa scores his first MLS goal: If NYCFC wants to compete as an expansion franchise, they’re going to need David Villa to find the back of the net. Often. Villa looked dangerous throughout the match, playing a quick one-two with Mix Diskerud before cooly slotting home. It was Villa’s first in MLS and the first league goal scored at Yankee Stadium.
66′ — Jose Goncalves sees red for NE: Khiry Shelton came on for NYC and immediately made an impact for his club. The young striker used his speed to breeze by the New England defense and found himself on the break before being taken down from behind by Goncalves. Referee Mark Geiger showed the defender a straight red card, but NYC was unable to convert from the free kick that was just inches outside of the penalty area.
85′ — Patrick Mullins scores on his first touch: Mullins went to MLS Cup with New England last season, but was picked up by NYCFC in the expansion draft. The University of Maryland product came on late in the match and sealed the win on his first touch, easily tapping home a David Villa cross as he went unmarked at the back post.
Man of the match: David Villa — The captain gets the nod as man of the match as he tallied the first ever MLS goal at Yankee Stadium before assisting on Mullins’ later on. All of New York City’s attack went through the Spaniard, and Villa simply looked a class above the competition throughout the night.
New York City FC: Saunders, Brovksy, Wingert, Hernandez, Williams (Facey 79′), Jacobsen, Diskerud, Grabavoy, Velasquez (Shelton 66′), Villa, Nemec (Mullins 84′)
Goals: Villa (19′), Mullins (84′)
New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Tierney, Goncalves, Farrell, Alston (Barnes 59′), Dorman, Fagundez, Nguyen (Caldwell 71′), Kobayashi, Rowe, Agudelo (Davies 65′)
Red card: Goncalves (66′)