The match in 100 words (or less): A first half which saw a whopping two shots on target, both from NYCFC, certainly lived down to expectations with Alex Ring, David Villa, Yangel Herrera, Rodney Wallace, Matt Besler, and Graham Zusi all still returning from international duty or injured on it. The Yankee Stadium Crowd was saved from the nils when Jack Harrison got the job done to keep the East’s two seed safe.
Three moments that mattered
13′ — Melia, Espinoza deny Harrison’s header — Frederic Brillant’s odd pop of Andrea Pirlo’s corner was covered at the back post by a goalkeeper and a veteran teammate.
45′ — Melia parries Moralez’s rip — Might as well show the second shot on target from the miserly half at Yankee Stadium.
85′ — Harrison breaks through — Once denied, not twice with a great finish across Melia, as the ex-Manchester United Academy man gave NYCFC its deserved three points.