The game in 200 words (or less): There are zero doubts about it: Saturday’s officiating at Yankee Stadium highly influenced NYCFC’s 2-1 win over New England Revolution. For instance, Bruce Arena’s meltdown in front of the fourth official in the dying seconds of the game was a testament to role the referees played. Just nine minutes in, the Revs played with 10 players, following a direct red card to defender Antonio Delamea after video review. Of course, like in any game, there was clearly a superior team on the field, regardless of what the scoreline indicated. That team throughout the course of the game was the home side, who eventually separated themselves from the visitors following the substitution of Jesus Medina. The Paraguayan scored two goals, but his second takes us back to square one: officiating and video review. Well into extra time, the home side were awarded a penalty following video review. Medina converted from the penalty spot, lifting NYCFC atop the Eastern Conference table, while delivering another low blow to the Revs’ playoff hopes.
Three moments that mattered
2′ — Caicedo wastes no time to score — It’s been a slow year for Juan Caicedo. This, however, will serve his confidence well.
70′ — Medina makes an instant impact off the bench — Despite a positive game from Maxi Moralez, NYCFC needed someone to step up and score. Jesus Medina did just that 10 minutes after taking the field.
96′ — VAR saves the day for the home side — The sequence leading up to Medina’s second goal will be a talking point all weekend.
Man of the match: Jesus Medina
Goalscorers: Caicedo (2′), Medina (70′), Medina (96′)