The game in 100 words (or less): New York City’s improbable run to the top spot in the Eastern Conference — and league-best points haul away from home — just keeps going and going, as Patrick Vieira’s side topped the fourth-place Montreal Impact, 3-1 at Stade Saputo on Sunday. David Villa, Jack Harrison and Frank Lampard provided the goals for NYCFC, their 13th (Golden Boot leader), third and fifth of the season, respectively. Tommy McNamara assisted on Villa and Harrison’s goals, giving the 25-year-old American midfield eight assists on the season (third-most in MLS). That’s six road wins for NYCFC this season (no other MLS side even has five), giving the side from the Bronx their 17th, 18th and 19th points away from on the season (FC Dallas are second with 13 away points). With the victory, NYCFC (33 points) are four points clear of the Philadelphia Union at the top of the Eastern Conference table, while the Impact (26 points) hold steady in fourth.
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Three moments that mattered
35′ — Villa gets behind, makes it 1-0 — Just a thought: You should probably keep Villa in front of you at all times. Victor Cabrera fell asleep for just a second, and that’s all it takes.
45+2′ — Harrison unleashes a beautiful curler for 2-0 — Harrison spun Ambroise Oyongo like a top, and it was only the second-best part of his stunning goal.
55′ — Shipp’s “shot” is not dealt with, finds pay dirt — That’s two flappy howlers in two weeks for Josh Saunders.
Man of the match: Tommy McNamara
Goalscorers: Villa (35′), Harrison (45+2′), Shipp (55′), Lampard (85′)