Villa Ends Orlando City Home Streak

USA Today

by Anthony J. Merced

NYCFC rebounded from their midweek loss to Real Salt Lake with a dominating 3-0 win over Orlando City on Sunday evening. The win was the first for any away team at Orlando City Stadium, and confirms that New York City won’t lose a majority of their three game road trip. After the game, head coach Patrick Vieira spoke glowingly about his team.

“I’m really proud of the players because it wasn’t easy,” said Vieira. “I think today we came over here with a lot of personality, a lot of desire to compete and at the  end we fully deserved to go back to New York with three points.”

The star of the game was 2016 MLS MVP David Villa. He put NYCFC on the board in the 14th minute, converting a penalty kick, but it was his goal in the 82nd minute that left the crowd in awe. After a back-heel pass to Maxi Moralez, Villa split the defenders and received the return pass with an open chance at goal. The Spaniard drew the goalkeeper in and then cut away from him before shooting the ball into the net.

Villa’s performance was exactly what New York City needed after their lackluster effort in Salt Lake. They controlled possession, had more shots on target, and spread the field to keep Orlando City off balance. Rodney Wallace also added a goal off of a great connection play between Ethan White and Jack Harrison on the right side of the field.

NYCFC will now finish their four game road trip against Atlanta United at Bobby Dodd Stadium next weekend.

Starting XI:

NYCFC: Johnson; White (37′ Allen), Chanot, Callens, Sweat; Moralez, Ring, Lopez; Harrison, Villa (86′ McNamara), Wallace

Orlando City: Bendik; Sutter, Leo Pereira, Spector, Toia; Nocerino (60′ Perez Garcia), Johnson, Higuita (75′ Gil); Kaka (60′ Barnes); Rivas, Larin

Scoring Summary:

14′ (NYCFC) David Villa (7) PK
35′ (NYCFC) Rodney Wallace (4) assisted by Ethan White (2) and Jack Harrison (3)
82′ (NYCFC) David Villa (8) assisted by Maxi Moralez (5)

Discipline:

19′ (NYCFC) Mikey Lopez YELLOW CARD
34′ (ORL) Carlos Rivas YELLOW CARD
45′ (NYCFC) Maxi Moralez YELLOW CARD
90′ (ORL) Leo Pereira YELLOW CARD