The game in 100 words (or less/more): Games played at Yankee Stadium, while rarely resembling “good” soccer, sure are entertaining, aren’t they? So entertaining, in fact, that Saturday’s 3-2 goal fest between the Montreal Impact and New York City FC actually brought down the goals-per-game average over NYCFC’s last three home games (previously 8, now just 7). Horrid defending bit once again undid Jason Kreis’s side, as the Impact burned the NYCFC defense twice in the opening 35 minutes with simple long balls over the top. A pair of phantom penalty kick calls in the second half (one for each side) made the score 3-1 before Thomas McNamara scored an all-around beautiful team goal which, of course, featured the brilliance of David Villa. Andrea Pirlo made his first MLS start and played all 90 minutes, while Frank Lampard came off the bench in the 69th minute and made his MLS debut. NYCFC are three points back on Montreal for the sixth and final playoff place in the East, having already played three more games.
The moments that mattered
5′ — Oduro gets in behind and opens the scoring — Long ball over the top, Oduro gets behind the NYCFC defense, nutmegs goalkeeper Josh Saunders and slides the ball into an empty goal.
32′ — Piatti gets in behind and doubles the lead — Long ball over the top, Piatti gets behind the NYCFC defense, chips Saunders and watches the ball bounce into an empty goal.
85′ — Villa’s backheel flick sets up McNamara — Moments after Montreal went up 3-1, NYCFC hit back with a beautiful team goal. The vision and ensuing backheel flick from David Villa was pure class.
New York City FC: Saunders, Angelino, Mena, Hernandez, Iraola, Pirlo, Jacobson (Lampard 69′), Calle (Diskerud 59′), Grabavoy (Poku 59′), McNamara, Villa
Goals: Villa (68′ – PK), McNamara (85′)
Montreal Impact: Bush, Toia, Ciman, Cabrera, Oyongo, Donadel, Mallace (Reo-Coker 69′), Duka (Alexander 79′), Piatti, Romero (Tissot 86′), Oduro
Goals: Oduro (5′), Piatti (32′, 84′ – PK)