Recap: Second Half Goals Give NYCFC First Road Win

USA Today

by Anthony J. Merced

Goals by Jack Harrison and David Villa give NYCFC their first road win of the season against the Philadelphia Union on Friday night. The game which saw the same defensive lapses as in games prior didn’t burn the away team as the Union were unable to mount a sustained offense. Both goals came in the second half as Jack Harrison continues to be a danger on the wings for the opposition and a dangerous strike partner for Villa.

The scoreline certainly favored NYCFC but the game itself held many of the same issues the team has faced all season long. The defense continued to fail when trying to play out of the back, surrendering the ball in dangerous areas but scrambling to keep the ball out of the net. The Union can only blame themselves as the team continues to generate chances with a high press but fails to convert with sloppy finishing.

The goal by Jack Harrison in the 52nd minute opened the scoring and alleviated the tension from Philadelphia’s constant pressing. Ronald Matarrita grabbed the assist when he found Harrison who was splitting the defense down the middle. The young Englishman took one touch before firing a shot past Andre Blake. Captain David Villa would double the lead, and solidify the win, in the 90th minute with a shot from just past the halfway line. The Union were caught up field and Villa took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity.

NYCFC has now improved their record to 3-2-1 and tied for first place in the Eastern Conference. Next week the team will return to Orlando City where they lost their first game of the season.

STARTING XI:

Johnson; White, Chanot, Callens, Matarrita; Pirlo (’77 Herrera), Moralez, Ring; Wallace, Villa, Harrison (’71 Shelton)

SCORING SUMMARY

’52 (NYCFC) Jack Harrison assisted by Ronald Matarrita
’90 (NYCFC) David Villa unassisted