The game in 100 words (or less): NYCFC had complete control of the game and had finally taken a deserved lead eleven minutes into the second half. Then, they didn’t. The home side utterly imploded in the final half-hour, and Real Salt Lake left Yankee Stadium with a 3-1 win. Following Jack Harrison’s first MLS goal, NYCFC conceded a pair of poorly defended goals, and unraveled when a head-scratching own-goal saw any chance of a comeback evaporate, slumping to their third loss in four matches, winless in their last five.
Four moments that mattered:
56′ – David Villa and NYCFC had punished Nick Rimando’s goal all first half, but it produced no fruit. After 15 shots, NYCFC finally had a goal. Young Jack Harrison bagged his first MLS goal as he burst through the middle, ripping a shot from the top of the box that clipped the inside of Justen Glad’s shin and went in, with the deflection stranding Rimando.
59′ – After all the NYCFC domination and goal just after halftime, the visitors struck back just three minutes later to level the score. Yura Movsisyan took possession at the top of the box and used his strength to muscle Jason Hernandez to the ground before burying the chance.
67′ – Things went from bad to worse for the home side after dominating much of the match. RSL took the lead off a set-piece as Juan Manuel Martinez settled a ball in the box and ripped an outside of the foot shot that rippled the back of the net. In NYCFC’s 26th home match since joining MLS, the goal is the 23rd conceded off set pieces.
74′ – Oh no. NYCFC came completely undone with an own-goal from Frederic Brilliant. Good possession work from Movsisyan sprung Javier Morales down the right. He sent in a cross for nobody in particular, and goalkeeper Joe Saunders had it covered perfectly. Except Brilliant had no idea Saunders was going to collect the cross, and his sliding attempt to clear the cross sent it into the back of the net.
Also, this happened towards the end. LOL.
Man of the match: Yura Movsisyan
Goalscorers: Harrison 56′, Movsisyan 59′, Martinez 67′, Brilliant (og) 74′, Villa (pen) 87′