One game in 100 words: As the match wound down, entering the final ten minutes and then into stoppage time, a sense that NYCFC would pull through for the game-winner was palpable. For the most of this contest, the flow of the game was deadlocked. The goalkeepers came up huge for both sides, principally Tyler Deric, who made several excellent saves to keep the score level as Mullins, Brovsky and the rest of the NYC pushed on; the atmosphere inside Yankee Stadium was electric. Jason Kreis’ side remain at last place in the Eastern Conference–on an 11-game winless run–while the Houston Dynamo, with 17 points, improve to seventh place in the West.
NYC: David Villa 45′ +1′ (PK)
Houston: Will Bruin 16′
Three moments that mattered
16’ — Bruin knocks it in — Midfielder Alexander Lopez set up the corner kick and curled it into the box, apparently aiming for David Horst, and his consequent header wasn’t directed on frame, taking a hard downward angle right to Will Bruin’s feet on the outskirts of the six-yard box. The Missouri native’s first touch drove the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the match. NYCFC goalie Josh Saunders was stunned as he laid on the ground.
45’ +1’ — Villa nets PK — Adam Nemec scuffed what appeared to be a routine header in the box, and it ended up hitting the hand of Houston’s Raul Rodriquez, forcing the penalty kick. This occurrence was severely unfortunate for the Dynamo at this point, and netminder Tyler Deric had to face David Villa, 1-on-1, on the PK. The Dynamo goalkeeper guessed the right side but didn’t have the speed to meet the Spanish forward’s shot, tucked into the lower-left corner.
89’ — Deric with the magnificent stop — Substitute Kwadwo Poku made a strong run forward into the teeth of the Houston back line and was cornered on the end line when the Dynamo recovered. Still, he delivered a well-intended ball toward the center of the penalty area, and Jeb Brovsky dove to meet it with his head. Somehow, Deric managed to make the stop on the speeding strike, pushing the endeavor off the post to maintain the 1-1 result.
New York City: David Villa, Adam Nemec (Patrick Mullins 79′); Josh Saunders; Jeb Brovsky, Jason Hernandez, Shay Facey, Chris Wingert; Andrew Jacobson, Mix Diskerud, Mehdi Ballouchy (Kwadwo Poku 68′), Sebastian Velasquez (Khiry Shelton 58′)
Houston: Giles Barnes, Will Bruin; Tyler Deric; Raul Rodriguez, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, DaMarcus Beasley; Oscar Garcia (Rob Lovejoy 78′), Luis Garrido, Ricardo Clark, Alexander Lopez