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NYCFC Wins Tight Shutout; Moves To 4th Place

28 de Octubre de 2021 a las 20:19

Photo Courtesy of Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY Sports
Article by Scott Churchson IG: @schurchson
NEW YORK. - In a match that lacked the offensive explosion that was Saturday night, NYCFC picks up 3 points in a 1-0 win over Chicago Fire; putting them in 4th place in the East with two games remaining.
The lone goal came in minute 51 on a Tati Castellanos penalty kick after Fire's Federico Navarro tripped Malte Amundsen along near the far left edge as Amundsen drove the ball toward the end line. Castellanos's goal gives him 16 on the year, 1 behind Ola Kamara of DC United.
Despite the low scoring affair, NYCFC had several chances throughout despite being out shot on target 5 to 4 and having possession of the ball for only 43% of the match. In the 25th minute Thiago's shot rang off the post followed by a called off goal in the 34th minute when Maxi Moralez was declared offside. Early in the second half leading up to the penalty kick, including two saves on Tati shots thanks to 17 year old goalie Gabriel Slonina and a third by Keaton Parks off the crossbar.
Coming up next is their last road match of the year as they take on Inter Miami on Saturday at DRV PNK Stadium in nearby Fort Lauderdale. Inter Miami is all but eliminated from post season contention at this point, trailing by 6 points in the final spot, and currently sitting in 11th place overall. After that it's a week off and one final matchup against current 3rd place team in the East at Yankee Stadium against the Philadelphia Union who currently sit 3 points ahead of NYCFC, also with two matches remaining.
5 Notes:
  1. In the added time at the end of the second half Tati received a yellow card, giving him 3 and putting him in danger of being suspended for the matchup against the Union should be received on Saturday. Just the same, I doubt head coach Ronny Deila will have Tati ride the bench out of fear; instead playing him as normal.
  2. This was the second straight clean sheet for Sean Johnson, putting him at 9 for the season, putting him one off his career high of 10 that he reached in 2018.
  3. New York's record at Yankee Stadium continues to be stellar; having lost only 8 matches in the previous 69.
  4. I say it every time and probably will until the season is over but the East CONTINUES to be a log jam with little guaranteed as yet for the Gents in Blue. Currently NYCFC is in 4th place with 47 points but there are 5 teams underneath them trailing by just 4 points, and two of them (the Red Bulls and Montreal) both have a game in hand.
  5. This will be the second time this season New York has faced Miami; winning back on August 14th at “home” at Red Bull Arena. Miami is playing for pride at this point having been eliminated, but is 7-7-2 at home. With this being the final home match of the season for the Herons, combined with NYCFC's weak record on the road, this match is anyone's guess.