Three second-half goals power NYCFC over Impact
Jesus Medina, Maxi Moralez and Tony Rocha each scored second-half goals as New York City FC ended a three-match winless stretch with a 3-1 win over the visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday night.
Medina pounced on a cross that was broken up but not possessed by Montreal defender Rudy Camacho. With full possession just in front of the net, Medina drilled the ball into what was essentially an empty net for the game's first goal in the 68th minute.
Moralez added some insurance for the home side with a goal in the 83rd off a nifty back pass from Anton Tinnerholm. Rocha then put the game out of stretch off a corner with his first MLS goal at the 86th minute.
The victory snapped an 0-2-1 rut for NYCFC (9-8-3, 30 points), which is pushing for a spot in the top four of the Eastern Conference. Montreal (7-11-2, 23 points), which got an 89th-minute score off the goal post from Romell Quioto, has now dropped three of its last four contests.
Prior to the match, NYCFC announced that an unidentified player had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the club's official website, all other City first-team players tested negative. It's uncertain if the concern from both teams over that issue played into the fact that this was not a spirited effort from both sides -- at least early in the contest.
Each club had some relatively solid scoring chances in the first half. However, NYCFC keeper Sean Johnson and Montreal's James Pantemis were more than up for the challenges, as none of their first-half stops were all that strenuous.
Perhaps Johnson's biggest save of the match came just past the hour mark when he stopped a point-blank chance from Quioto near the left post of the goal. Three minutes later, Quioto missed another open opportunity when he went well high of goal from inside the box.
Quioto was eventually rewarded with his seventh goal of the season, but by that time the decision was determined.
--Field Level Media
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