The game in 100 words (or less): The cult of McNamara grows stronger and stronger with each contribution New York City FC receives from Tommy McNamara, the former Chivas USA midfielder and least-professional-soccer-player-looking, regular dude in all of MLS. On Saturday, McNamara scored the opening goal very early on in NYCFC’s 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at
The House That McNamara Built Yankee Stadium. Chris Tierney scored via a deflected free kick shortly before halftime, but a Gershon Koffie red card pretty well consigned the visitors to settling for their third draw of the still-young 2016 season (winless in four games played). As for NYCFC, it’s a win and two draws from their first four games of the season, and the no. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference at the end of the month.
Three moments that mattered
10′ — McNamara heads home Villa’s rebound — McNamara was the right man, in the right place, at the right time. David Villa’s initial effort had beaten Bobby Shuttleworth, but found only the crossbar before caroming back into play. McNamara arrived at the vital moment and headed home for 1-0.
38′ — Tierney’s free kick finds the back of the net — Tierney has one of the best left foots in all of MLS — this much we know already — which is only made better with the aid of fortunate deflections in and around the six-yard box.
51′ — Koffie lunges in, sees red — Gershon Koffie was reckless in his challenge of McNamara, but seemed to be in no way malicious or overly dangerous. Even the NYCFC broadcast team was quick to admonish Ricardo Salazar for his itchy red-card trigger finger.
Man of the match: Federico Bravo
Goalscorers: McNamara (10′), Tierney (38′)