The game in 100 words (or less): Perhaps there’s life just yet in those there New Yorkers. With a 2-0 home victory over a suddenly spiraling-out-of-control Toronto FC on Wednesday night, New York City FC snapped a three-game losing streak and — I’m just presenting the cold, hard facts here — and now find themselves just one point behind the Montreal Impact, who have four games in hand, for the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference. Frank Lampard scored his first MLS goal on the night, sending the Yankee Stadium faithful into raptures and causing the 37-year-old Chelsea legend to smile and celebrate just like the good old days back home. TFC, on the other hand, have been just about the worst, most lifeless team in MLS the last couple weeks. They’ll be a playoff team because they did enough early on this season, but when they play their first playoff game in club history away from home and are knocked out after 90 minutes, will it really feel like they “made it?”
Three moments that mattered
20′ — Lampard’s first MLS goal gives NYCFC the lead — He remembers how to score goals, huh? That’s a welcome development, considering he’s got a $6-million-per-year contract. The initial ball from Andrea Pirlo was exquisite. The finish was somewhat fortunate from Lampard, but NYCFC need wins — and it takes goals to win — in the worst way, so who cares? (WATCH HERE)
60′ — Saunders lays out to stop Giovinco’s free kick — Sebastian Giovinco got a fortunate deflection off the wall that had his right-footed free kick making a beeline for Josh Saunders right-hand post, but the 34-year-old goalkeeper scrambled across his goal quickly and palm the ball away.
77′ — Mullins heads home Pirlo’s corner kick — So it was a two-assist from Pirlo, who placed his 77th-minute corner kick ever so perfectly onto the head of Patrick Mullins.
Man of the match: Andrea Pirlo
Goalscorers: Lampard (20′), Mullins (77′)