New York City FC 1 – 1 D.C. United
Saturday, September 8, 2018
MLS Regular Season 2018 – Game 29
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Ben Sweat, Alexander Callens, Sebastien Ibeagha, Anton Tinnerholm; James Sands (81’ Jonathan Lewis), Eloi Amagat, Ronald Matarrita, Maxi Moralez; David Villa, Valentin Castellanos
SUBS UNUSED: Brad Stuver, Kwame Awuah, Danny Bedoya, Tommy McNamara, Joe Scally
D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Joseph Mora, Steve Birnbaum, Kofi Opare, Jalen Robinson; Chris Durkin, Russell Canouse, Ulises Segura, Luciano Acosta (91’ Jared Jeffrey), Ian Harkes (79’ Kevin Ellis); Wayne Rooney
SUBS UNUSED: Travis Worra, Dane Kelly
58’ – DC – Steve Birnbaum (Assisted By: Wayne Rooney)
86’ – NYC – David Villa
24’ – NYC – Anton Tinnerholm (YC – Unsporting Behavior)
78’ – NYC – Alexander Callens (YC – Dissent)
90’ – DC – Kofi Opare (YC – Unsporting Behavior)
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England and Spain’s record goal scorers had only shared a field in their storied careers on one previous occasion until Saturday’s showdown in the BX.
Last time Wayne Rooney and David Villa lined up in a tunnel together, it was the 2011 UEFA Champions League final at Wembley and the day ended with a winners’ medal around Villa’s neck.
Though there was no trophy on the line this time, El Guaje and his band of Blues were out to restore form and pride following a bitter defeat to New England on Wednesday night.
The NYCFC captain immediately set about providing the perfect response, volleying into the outside of the post on 4’ from an acute angle, just to state intentions.
On 11’, Taty Castellanos forced a strong save from Bill Hamid, setting the tone for a dominant opening half from Domènec Torrent’s men, who also went close through Alexander Callens from a great cross from Eloi Amagat.
Villa finally forced the ball into the back of the net on 38’ but it was ruled out for a perceived push on a DC defender in the buildup.
It only stayed that way for 13 second half minutes as D.C. United scored with their first attempt on goal, a header by Birnbaum from a Wayne Rooney free-kick.
Maxi Moralez almost found an instant response with a volley from six yards out which flew wide, while Ronald Matarrita forced an outstanding save from Hamid with an arcing effort on 68’.
It was starting to feel like there was a forcefield in front of the opposition goal for the second time this week, with Anton Tinnerholm threatening with a volley on 77’ and Castellanos getting into good positions on multiple occasions but there always seemed to be a D.C. defender or Hamid on hand to smuggle it away last ditch.
It felt like it was going to take something special to break through the D.C. resistance and that’s just what David served up with a brilliant curling free-kick which left Hamid no chance, with just three minutes remaining.
Despite more late pressure, 1-1 was how it stayed.
- James Sands started his second game for NYCFC, just three days after his first start
- Eloi Amagat made his second start for the Boys in Blue
- David Villa scored his 11th goal of the season (tied for team high with Ismael Tajouri-Shradi)
D.C. UNITED FORWARD WAYNE ROONEY
His reaction to today’s draw…
“Obviously, it feels like a bit of a loss at the moment, after conceding the late goal. We wanted to win the game, but the way the game went we ended up defending a lot more than we wanted. The defense was brilliant tonight, unfortunately we conceded the goal, but a point overall away from home is a good point.”
NYCFC HEAD COACH DOMÈNEC TORRENT
On whether he was happy with the way the team played...
"I'm not happy just for the result. I said I'm proud of them because they played really well for me and for the effort until the last moment. We played two games in a few days and it's not easy to play against United. That is the reason why I am very proud of them, of my players because they play much better and were able to create many, many chances but in the end, soccer, when you miss too many chances you bite.
On playing style…
“When I say anytime that I want to create a style, the style is the way they played tonight. Keep the ball, create chances, play inside, after that play outside, but after that the sport in general is about the result and the result is not good for us because we missed five points in the last two games in Yankee Stadium. I think it's not fair for us. We didn't deserve to lose the game and then draw the game but in football if you are able to score, you win, but if you are not able to score you're in trouble. I said to them I'm really proud of you because you played really well. At the end if you are able to play that way every single game, you are ready to play in the playoffs."
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH BEN OLSEN
On only gaining one point…
“I thought it was one of those that we would still get all three, but we will take a point. They certainly had a bunch of chances, very few shots but I told the guys the teams that make playoffs find a ways to grab points. When you're down a man or you're down on your luck and things aren't going real well with the ball. Defensively we were a little out of shape sometimes because a) they're a good team and b) guys aren't well rehearsed in some of their roles. The soccer part wasn't great, so on these days, can you find something out of it through grit and work gradient that's the stuff that's missing. That's what I asked and that's what they gave me, so I'm very proud of the group.
On flow of the game…
“I still think there were times to play the game and secure the ball when we wanted it back, we just did not do a good job with it throughout the night. That added up to wave after wave of pressure from them, Villa to Moralez. To keep them off the board and out of the run of play all night, that's a tough task for any team let alone a team that has a few guys out. It was good to see Durkin get minutes, Ian, Jalen, Ulises another game for him, there's a lot of new faces in there. When you add new players like this a grab something out of it, it helps with everyone feeling like you're apart of this.”