New York City FC went down early on Saturday afternoon, but David Villa and co. were able to muster a comeback on home turf to earn all three points.
NYCFC won their second match of the season, beating the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The scoring got started early, when Sean Johnson’s tame clearance found Alex Callens. The defender sent a ball into the penalty area, looking for a teammate, but the ball instead found Marco Ureña, who scored just feet from goal.
The visitors’ lead did not last long, though, as NYCFC grabbed an equalizer just four minutes later. David Villa, with a flick of the ball, found Jack Harrison, whose strike barely crossed the line. The home team stayed in control of the match for the remainder of the first half, but neither they nor their opponents created any large opportunities to go ahead by halftime.
After much effort, NYCFC finally got their go-ahead goal, courtesy of substitute Tommy McNamara. Four minutes after coming on for Andrea Pirlo, the home side combined for an excellent team goal, with Villa, Ronald Matarrita, and McNamara coming together for the 67th minute for the goal.
The Earthquakes were dealt another blow in the 80th minute when Victor Bernardez fouled McNamara from behind, leaving his team with ten men to finish the match.
NYCFC ended the match on top, and their home record remains perfect after four matches this season.
MAN OF THE MATCH
David Villa, in his 89 minutes, was directly responsible for both goals and was instrumental in NYCFC keeping control of the match. Providing the elegant flick for the first goal and then beginning what became a stellar team goal for the second, Villa was active and bothering the Quakes defense all afternoon long.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
NYCFC’s game-winner was a splendid team goal that first started with captain David Villa, who registered assists on both goals. Through a slick pass on the edge of the penalty area, he found Ronald Matarrita, who was also credited with the assist. The defender squared the ball to Tommy McNamara on the other side of the box, and the midfielder responded by easily slotting home from close range. McNamara will get the credit, but it was a team effort worth watching over and over again.
Match to Forget
Though the Quakes were in control early on and even scored the game’s first goal, the match quickly shifted NYCFC’s way, showing the weaknesses of the Earthquakes’ defense in the process. Victor Bernardez was implicit in the home side creating chance after chance, and was eventually sent off with ten minutes left to go after a hard tackle on McNamara.