Recap: Orlando City Tops NYCFC 2-1 on Two Larin Goals

by Anthony J. Merced

Cyle Larin and Orlando City SC won their second straight game against NYCFC this season with a 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Larin’s two-goal performance officially makes him a “Blue-killer” as he has scored three goals this season against the Citizens. For NYCFC, they miss their chance to go second in the table alongside the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew.

“I think we created enough chances to win the game or at least take a point,” said Patrick Vieira after the game. “We’re the only ones to blame. We lost today not because they were better, but it was because we didn’t take our chances and we didn’t defend well.”

Vieira might have felt like NYCFC out played the opposition but scoreline reflected otherwise. Yes NYCFC dominated possession with over 60% of the ball and even out-shot Orlando but it was Cyle Larin’s clinical finishing that was the deciding factor. His first goal came in the 31st minute when a low pass into the box Scott Sutter found Larin’s feet. The striker did little more than shovel the ball past keeper Sean Johnson for the game’s opening tally. He would double the lead in the 51st minute after climbing a defender to head a ball from Donny Toia into the net.

NYCFC once again lacked defensive consistency and even looked a bit disjointed moving forward. Much of this may have had something to do with Ronald Matarrita’s injury. The left back injured his ankle in training and was replaced by Rodney Wallace. The controversial move placed Tommy McNamara in  as the left forward but he wasn’t nearly as effective as he was in the midfield. Wallace also looked a bit out of place as the team couldn’t get out of second gear moving forward.

“Something we didn’t do well was create more 2-v-1 on the wing,” said Vieira. “I think Rodney (Wallace) on one side or Ethan (White) on the other side didn’t give support to Tommy (McNamara) or Jack (Harrison) to create the overload on the wing.”

Next up NYCFC will travel to Mapfre Stadium to play the Columbus Crew. Both teams will be hoping to put disappointing losses behind them in  clash to remain in the mix for the top of conference.

Starting XI: Johnson; White, Callens, Chanot, Wallace; Ring, Pirlo, Moralez; Harrison, Villa, McNamara

Scoring Summary:

31′ (Orlando City SC) Cyle Larin assisted by Scott Sutter and Carlos Rivas
51′ (Orlando City SC) Cyle Larin assisted by Tommy Toia
74′ (NYCFC) David Villa assisted by Maxi Moralez

Discipline:

2′ (NYCFC) Maxi Moralez YELLOW CARD
45′ (NYCFC) Andrea Pirlo YELLOW CARD
54′ (NYCFC) David Villa YELLOW CARD
57′ (Orlando City SC) Cristian Higuita YELLOW CARD
59′ (NYCFC) Ethan White YELLOW CARD
72′ (Orlando City SC) Tommy Redding YELLOW CARD
82′ (Orlando City SC) Antonio Nocerino YELLOW CARD
90′ (Orlando City SC) Cyle Larin YELLOW CARD