NYCFC Continues CONCACAF Success, thanks in 3-1 To Start Round Two26 de Mayo de 2022 a las 06:33
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Article by Scott Churchson, The Sports Den & The Sports Insiders
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New York. - NYCFC continues it’s success in the CONCACAF Champions league as round two got underway last night with a 3-1 win over Comunicaciones in the “home” portion of the Quarter-Final. On a night played in chilly East Hartford Connecticut (about 100 miles Northeast of Yankee Stadium) the Gents In Blue struggled initially to find their footing by however by and large controlled most of the match, with a 6-2 shot on target advantage and much of the possession time. After a Talles Magno goal was overturned on a VAR offsides, Taty Castellanos got the scoring officially underway shortly afterwards in the 29th minute, taking a header from a Santiago Rodriguez cross pass for his third goal of the tournament. After a Comunicaciones goal in the 60th minute off a corner kick by Manual Gamboa New York retaliated both five and eleven minutes later respectively, first with a Maxi Moralez mid-air volley from Taty followed by a Rodriguez goal inside the near post at minute 71.
Despite a late shot by the team from Guatemala that rang off the post NYCFC maintained control of the match and pulled out a win to put themselves in control heading into the second half of the Quarterfinals match, this time on Tuesday March 15th in Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores Stadium (named after the winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon) in Guatemala City.
Despite being played inside the U.S., the fan base last night was largely in favor of the Comunicaciones team. The evening temperature, a rough 30 degrees before windchill, did little to damper the largely Central American crowd. Not the worst some of them may have dealt with, as Comunicaciones defeated the Colorado Rapids to advance to the quarter finals despite playing in 12 degree weather and Rocky Mountain snow.
NYCFC has maintained an impressive run through three matches in the Champions League, out scoring their opponents by a 9-1 margin. Curious however as the team this far has failed to score a single goal in its first two MLS matches; losing 1-0 to the LA Galaxy followed by a 0-0 tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The winner of this matchup will face either Seattle or Leon somewhere around April 5. The Sounders dominated in their home half, outshooting Leon by a 9-1 margin on route to a 3-0 win.
Talles Magno has continued to impress in year 2 with the team. The 19 year old Brazilian native has two goals this far in CONCACAF with one overturned on offsides last evening but has showed to be an increasing offensive threat. Fans are already showing concern that if he continues to improve, his time with the New York City Football Club may be a short one.
Prior to round two of the quarterfinal they have their MLS home opener against FC Montreal this Saturday at Yankee Stadium at 1pm. This will be the fifteenth matchup between the two teams dating back to 2015 (and Montreal’s time as the Impact) going 8-2-4 previously.