The game in 100 words (or less): Outside of the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, MLS’s Eastern Conference is mostly a dire state these days, which means one or two wins in a row (see: New York City FC, following Sunday’s 2-0 away victory over D.C. United) vaults you from south of the playoff cut line and into “hey, this time might actually have a chance to
win compete not be the worst team in the East,” even if you’re only a week off a seven-game winless run that spanned two full months. *shrug* With Sunday’s win over an abject United side that managed all of 10 shots in total (not a single one on target), Patrick Vieira currently presides over the fourth-“best” team (13 points from 10 games) in the East. Simply beating up on the East’s field-fillers is more than enough to earn a playoff berth. As for United, they’ve dropped five of six points in back-to-back games against the Chicago Fire and NYCFC, and sit seventh in the East, level with the sixth-place New York Red Bulls on points.
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Three moments that mattered
49′ — Villa drives it low, past Worra for 1-0 — Villa has hit this shot — literally, probably — at least 10,000 times between individual and team training sessions throughout his life. When you consider this, you needn’t wonder why he made it look so, so easy.
53′ — Shelton rises above, heads home for 2-0 — In defense of United, they (kind of) tried to put a body on Shelton in an effort to keep him rooted to the ground, but with hops like those, it doesn’t really matter.
61′ — Sarvas smashes a free kick off the post — Marcelo Sarvas didn’t just hit the post … he hit the inside of the post, yet the ball still found a way to stay out of goal. Just that kind of
night week month season a few seasons in a row for United.
Man of the match: David Villa
Goalscorers: Villa (49), Shelton (53′)