On a four-game unbeaten run following the 0-0 draw on the road at D.C. last time out, Head Coach Ronny Deila made one enforced change to the lineup which dominated without reward, bringing in Gudmundur Thórarinsson for the injured Ronald Matarrita at left-back.
The theme of City’s last match in the capital was an inability to take chances to emphasize the superiority of their play, and for long stretches of the first half on this Saturday night match in New Jersey, it looked to be the same story.
Despite failing to take chances which fell for Héber and Moralez in the opening 20’, Deila’s men were certainly the sharper of the two teams and hinted towards a cutting edge to their attacks, with only last ditch defending and good saves from Tyton keeping the home team out.
However, the ebb and flow of the match felt secondary midway through the first half when Moralez was withdrawn with what appeared to by an injury to his knee.
The Argentine initially went down under a challenge from a Cincinnati defender but was able to return to the field, only to break down again shortly thereafter, much to the concern of his teammates.
Gary Mackay-Steven was the player introduced in Maxi’s place and the Scot made his presence known on 39’ when he created the opening goal of the night with an inspired flick.
Alex Ring raced onto that reverse pass and clinically dispatched his third goal of the season and third goal of Phase 1 of the season restart.
Deila’s side remained a goal to the good at the halftime break but one became two on 55’ when Anton Tinnerholm boomed one in with his left foot off a set-piece which was headed back outside the area for the explosive volley.
The Swede was recently voted Etihad Player of the Month and he continued his excellent form with a typically dominant performance down the right flank and an unbelievable finish with his so-called weaker foot.
With a cluster of games in such a short space of time and the stop-start nature of the match, it was perhaps unsurprising that the game lost some of its early bite through the back 30’ or so, but FC Cincinnati were able to strike back with their first goal since the restart on 74'.
Brandon Vazquez got it with a close range finish off a rebound and that goal would have really counted for something if not for a big save by Sean Johnson off a corner on 79’, denying an equalizer which would have made the last 10’ very interesting.
As it was, NYCFC held out for the win and look forward to next weekend’s game in New England as Phase 2 gets under way at the Gillette Stadium.
Altre notizie - Focus
- 23:30 New England Revolution vs. NYCFC - Thórarinsson Preview
- 23:00 New England Revolution vs. NYCFC - Ronny Deila Preview
- 22:34 Injury Report - Maxi Moralez and two others are unavailable
- 23:00 Tinnerholm is decisive: he is the leader of New York
- 21:35 Ronny Deila expressed his satisfaction with the victory against FC Cincinnati
- 19:57 NYCFC, a growing concern for injured Maxi Moralez
- 18:00 NYCFC 2-1 FC Cincinnati - Mackay-Steven Reaction
- 16:00 NYCFC 2-1 FC Cincinnati - Tinnerholm Reaction
- 14:00 NYCFC 2-1 FC Cincinnati - Ronny Reaction on the injuries of Matarrita and Maxi
- 12:00 NYCFC 2-1 FC Cincinnati - Highlights
- 10:26 NYCFC 2-1 FC Cincinnati - Match Recap
- 23:00 NYCFC Announces Latest Support for South Bronx during COVID-19
- 22:18 NYCFC vs. FC Cincinnati - Ronny Deila Preview
- 08:26 Justin Haak Joins Hartford Athletic on Season-Long Loan
- 14:00 Seitz makes 4 saves, DC United ties NYCFC 0-0 without a shot
- 12:00 New York City FC little cynical and unlucky
- 10:00 DC United 0, New York City FC 0 | 2020 MLS Match Recap
- 08:10 D.C. United 0-0 NYCFC - Match Recap
- 18:00 James Sands at risk of disqualification
- 16:00 New York City FC - Only two absent against DC United
- 14:00 DC UNITED vs NYCFC: PROBABLE STARTING XI
- 23:30 Bruce Arena: NYCFC the best team we've played this year
- 22:39 Messi's arrival at New York City FC is postponed
- 23:30 New England Revolution 0-2 NYCFC - Joe Scally's Reaction
- 23:00 NE Revolution 0-2 NYCFC - Héber Reaction
- 22:23 New England Revolution 0-2 NYCFC - Ronny Deila Reaction
- 16:00 Fagundez: "We need to learn from" loss to New York City FC
- 14:00 Turner: "We were physically just dominated all night"
- 12:00 Arena: "On the night we were thoroughly outplayed"
- 10:00 New England Revolution 0, New York City FC 2 | 2020 MLS Match Recap
- 08:21 New England Revolution 0-2 NYCFC - Match Recap
- 16:00 New England Revolution vs. NYCFC - Keaton Parks Preview
- 15:00 New England Revolution vs. NYCFC - Ronny Deila Preview
- 13:00 NYCFC, offer to Benfica for Cristian Lema
- 22:30 Tinnerholm: "We don't have to think we are the best"
- 21:19 Ronny Deila relies on Maxi Moralez for the third win in a row of NYCFC
- 18:43 Arena | "We're going to anticipate some changes on Wednesday" vs. NYCFC
- 19:00 New York City FC finds the best Anton Tinnerholm
- 17:00 NYCFC 3-1 Chicago Fire FC - Maxi Moralez Reaction
- 15:00 NYCFC 3-1 Chicago Fire FC - Tinnerholm Reaction
- 13:00 NYCFC 3-1 Chicago Fire FC - Ronny Deila Reaction
- 21:48 Maxi Moralez is back and NYCFC is amazing
- 20:59 Breaking News: Messi's future first in Manchester then in New York
- 18:00 New York veterans make the Blues shine again
- 17:00 New York City FC vs. Chicago Fire FC - MLS Highlights
- 16:00 With Maxi Moralez back, NYCFC play best 45 minutes of season in 3-1 win over Chicago Fire FC
- 14:26 Messi does not show up for the Barça tests. NYCFC and MLS continue to pray
- 08:19 NYCFC 3-1 Chicago Fire - Match Recap
- 21:30 A British reporter puts Messi away from NYCFC
- 21:00 NYCFC vs Chicago Fire: Here's how it went last time
- 20:36 Johnson: "We are always on the front line"