The game in 100 words (or less): It’s time to break up the juggernaut that is New York City FC. With just two losses in their last 10 league games, Patrick Vieira’s side is one of the most in-form sides in MLS. Saturday’s victory over the Seattle Sounders, 2-0 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle thanks to goals scored by Frank Lampard and Ronald Mattarita, sees NYCFC (24 points) climb over their city rivals and into second place in the Eastern Conference, just two points back of the East-leading Philadelphia Union. (How’s that for a sentence you never thought you’d read this season?) With their latest defeat — five in six games now — the Sounders remain locked into ninth place in the Western Conference, five points out of the sixth and final playoff place out west.
Three moments that mattered
38′ — Lampard scores with his … hand? — It’s possible that the ball came off Lampard’s hand (more likely than not, actually) without it being a violation of the handball rule. Not only did the use of his hand/wrist look to be unintentional, but he actively tried to prevent it from occurring by tucking his arm to the side of his body opposite the ball.
50′ — Morris gets in behind, fires just wide — Jordan Morris has an extra gear when running into space, and he put it on display in the 50th minute when he went stride for stride with Jefferson Mena. Morris won the race to the ball, but the Colombian defender ushered him just wide enough for Morris to fire wide of the target.
87′ — Scramble in the box leads to Mattarita’s clincher — When you’re riding a run of results like the Sounders are at the moment, loose-ball scrambles in the box always seem to fall the other team’s way.
Man of the match: David Villa
Goalscorers: Lampard (38′), Mattarita (87′)