MLS Snapshot: Portland Timbers 1-2 New York City FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): New York City FC are tied for the Eastern Conference’s top spot all of two weeks after having failed to win a single game for two months (seven games). A more MLS-y sentence has (probably) never been composed. Two things to note: 1) the East is largely crap, again, and 2) NYCFC have won three in a row (fourth win of the season) after knocking off the defending champions Portland Timbers on Sunday; they didn’t win their fourth game of the 2015 season until June 20. Patrick Vieira has clearly improved this side in two and a half months, and he’s getting the absolute most out of David Villa (of course), who scored again in this one (eight on the season), and even Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard (Vieira swears Lampard is real), but mostly Tommy McNamara because he’s Tommy McNamara and he’s the second- or third-best player on NYCFC’s roster. How’s that for an MLS’y sentence?

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Three moments that mattered

12′ — Villa finishes in traffic for 1-0 — Villa could be encircled by six MLS defenders, and I’d still back the man to find a gap through which to slip his shot and beat the goalkeeper.

55′ — Adi sends Saunders one way, finishes the other — This man, standing 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, has the softest big-man feet in the league. The delicate nature of this strike, totally fooling Josh Saunders, looks more like a David Villa finish than anything.

65′ — McNamara curls an unbelievable ball for 2-1 — Statement: Tommy McNamara is the “most MLS” player in the league right now. That’s in no way a bad thing, and interpret that however you’d like. What a hit, Tommy.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Villa (12′), Adi (51′), McNamara (65′)