The game in 100 words (or less): Let’s have a conversation about New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira. (Disclaimer: it’s only been two games) He seems like a pretty good coach who’s capable of drastically changing his team and tactics from week to week in an attempt to pick up results. For most of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC, his 3-4-3 (super-duper old-school W-M?) did well choke the life out of the game and had NYCFC 2-1 up with 15 minutes left to play. Then Sebastian Giovinco happened, and, well, we know what that means (in this instance, it means a goal and an assist). Regardless, it’s still a solid point for NYCFC, and though Greg Vanney will be disappointed with the way his side defended in the first half, you’re always happy with picking up a point from a losing position.
Three moments that mattered
24′ — McNamara taken down in the box, Villa converts PK — It wasn’t a dive by Tommy McNamara, but it sure was professional embellishment. Regardless, it was a lazy, sloppy challenge from Marco Delgado, and he probably deserved to be punished for it.
45′ — Perquis pokes home from Giovinco’s free kick — Giovinco’s set-piece service really is spectacular. There was nothing Josh Saunders could do here — come off his line … no way, it’s too far out; stay on his line … just as screwed, it’s point-blank range and a tap from going over the line.
76′ — Giovinco charges forward, finishes from top of the box — Give Giovinco an inch, he’ll take a mile. Translation: if your first step is away from him, he’s going to run at you until he can shoot. Lesson learned by the NYCFC backline.
Man of the match: Sebastian Giovinco
Goalscorers: Villa (24′ – PK, 28′), Perquis (45′), Giovinco (76′)