One game in 100 words: Again, New York City FC is lacking the consistent midfield presence to fully utilize the potential of former Barcelona forward David Villa, but regardless, it was an early red card that put NYC in a difficult position. In the second half, down only 2-1, Mix Diskerud and the entire squad was pushing hard for the equalizer, but down a man, one goal, and susceptible to the counterattack, it was far from the ideal match to gain three points for Jason Kreis’ side. However, Villa and Shelton would come up big as time was running thin, and NYC, slotted at eight place in the East with seven points, was able to escape with a point. The Fire moved up to fifth place over Toronto FC, who plays the red-hot Revolution tomorrow.
New York City: Mehdi Ballouchy 45’+1′, Khiry Shelton 90’+1′
Chicago: Razvan Cocis 14′, Jeff Larentowicz 27′
Three moments that mattered
14’ — Cocis aware to open scoring with header — Razvan Cocis made a fast diagonal run right when he saw NYC’s defense standing flat-footed as Shaun Maloney wounded up to cross a set-piece effort into the penalty area. Cocis caught the ball on the side of his head, but luckily the ball loopped high into the back of the net, while Josh Saunders was caught far off his line. For the Chicago Fire, it was exactly the start they wanted.
27’ — Red card, PK conversion has Fire sitting pretty — A clear-cut red card was dished out to NYCFC’s RJ Allen after he fouled midfielder David Accam in the penalty area, and Chicago had captured both the man advantage and an easy opportunity for a score. Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz stepped up to the penalty spot and fired right at the middle of the net while New York goalkeeper Josh Saunders dove to his right. Up 2-0, fans at Yankee Stadium fell silent.
90’ + 1’ — Shelton, Villa combine for the late conversion — Anguish for Chicago Fire fans. Jubilation for NYCFC supporters. Khiry Shelton took a feed from David Villa and struck his left-footer tightly into the bottom corner of the net, making it exceedingly difficult for Johnson to stop. The goal was Shelton’s first in MLS, and at this juncture, New York City’s four-game losing streak looked like a thing of the past.
NYC: Patrick Mullins (Khiry Shelton 60’), David Villa; Josh Saunders, RJ Allen, Jason Hernandez, Chris Wingert, Jeb Brovsky (Thomas McNamara 79’); Mehdi Ballouchy, Andrew Jacobson, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Alvarez (Shay Facey 30’)
Chicago: Kennedy Igoboananike (Quincy Amarikwa 68’); Sean Johnson; Lovel Palmer, Jeff Larentowicz, Adailton, Joevin Jones; Matt Polster, Razvan Cocis, David Accam (Jason Johnson 88’), Shaun Maloney, Harrison Shipp (Michael Stephens 71’)