Late equalizer means more dropped points at home for NYCFC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Christian Araos

A 94th minute goal from Kevin Molino snatched a share of the points for Orlando City SC in a 2–2 draw with New York City FC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

It is the fifth draw in eight home matches for NYCFC and the second time they’ve given up a two-goal lead in Yankee Stadium. Frédéric Brillant opened the scoring with a header at the far post in the 42nd minute and David Villa scored his league-leading ninth goal of the season with a delicate chip in the 66th.

“Just taking one point from that game is unbelievable,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “We had situations where we should have killed the game. Score the third goal and the game would be finished but we didn’t do it, we gave them the chance to come back in the game and to concede the goal in the last like we did is really frustrating.”

City had the chance to go three goals ahead in the 70th minute when Seb Hines handled inside the penalty area. Villa stepped up to take the penalty but slipped and miscued the shot over the crossbar. Minutes later, Julio Baptista scored his first goal in MLS with a quick turn and snapshot that deflected passed Josh Saunders.

NYCFC had chances to find a third but could not convert. Their best chance came as the 90 minutes concluded when Steven Mendoza crossed to Frank Lampard but Lampard narrowly missed.

City were seconds away from securing the result when Villa and Brek Shea got into an altercation near the corner flag. Though both players were carded, Shea brought down Villa but referee Jorge Gonzalez gave Orlando a free kick. Orlando launched a free kick downfield towards Carlos Rivas who crossed for Cyle Larin. Larin headed it square into the six-yard box where Molino was unmarked to head it off the crossbar and in. Villa confronted Gonzalez afterwards.

“I said to the referee in the last minute, I think Brek Shea fouled me and when I was on the floor he stepped on me,” Villa said. “I apologized for my part when I got up but I said okay yellow card for both guys but why Orlando gets the free kick when the foul is on me? Of course, I fight with Shea and a yellow card goes to both players but the fight is after Brek Shea fouled me, I don’t know why.”

NYCFC had more possession, completed more passes and outshot Orlando City. The squad indicated that it was pleased with how it started the match in response to last week’s match against the New York Red Bulls. The draw leaves NYCFC fourth in the Eastern Conference with 18 points. Thomas McNamara said the squad was prepared and had a positive reaction to last week’s match. Not getting the result, however, left him devastated.

“I believe confidence comes from how prepared you are,” McNamara said. “Credit to the coaching staff and the guys on the team. I feel we’re very well prepared from the day we started preseason until now how we’ve worked.”

NYCFC host Real Salt Lake Thursday at 7 pm. It is their last match before MLS breaks for the Copa America Centenario.

  • Jason Kreiss

    Nycfc – the gift that keeps on giving! I literally laughed my ass off when Villa fell on his ass on the green spray painted field for the missed PK. Just knew Orlando would make man city lite pay. Please please please!!! ….keep this team together for as long as possible!!! It’s truly the funniest and most enjoyable programming on tv! A 2-0 lead with less than 20 mins left?! At home vs. a mediocre team MINUS Kaka??!! And you blow it???!!!! Hahahahahahaha. Bwahahahahahahahahah!!!!
    Ps-Nice job there, Pirlo, on the tying goal!
    Holy chit what a CHIT show!

    • Guy

      I think you are the reason there are fights before NYCFC RBNJ games. :)

    • Laughing at Nick Chavez

      Pirlo’s lack of hustle on the game tying goal was remarkable. He lost his mark, didn’t hustle to keep up with him and that player scored the knotted. Then Pirlo lifts his hand to call for the offside call when clearly no one was offside. Classic. Pure comedy gold. The only thing that rivals these guys for laughs is the first six Marx brothers films.

      • rick

        He’s retired. He can’t even pretend to care

  • Nick Chavez

    It’s not about whether NYCFC won or lost or drew the match or how embarrassing it was that David Villa slipped and fell taking a PK. It’s about whether NYCFC, as a division of City Football Group, has won the hearts and minds of REAL New Yorkers…the kind of people who commute from Westchester and CT or people who relocated to hip neighborhoods like Bushwick and Astoria from the Midwest! Those are REAL New Yorkers, not you little people from places like Canarsie and Glendale. These people are hip, happening and now! And NYCFC speaks to these hip, ironic, artistic types who are truly international and worldly and understand what NYCFC, as a division of CFG, is trying to do. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about selling Frank Lampard jerseys to hip transplants who wear skinny jeans, wear ironic mustaches and play in Death Cab for Cutie cover bands! When they walk down the street in their Lampard jerseys, the world is a better place. THATS what we are all about!

    • Beto

      LMAO! Hey LAAARRRRYYYY WHERE ARE YOU BUDDY?? MOM KICKED YOU OUT OF THE BASEMENT??

    • Guy

      I think you are the reason there are fights before NYCFC RBNJ games. :)

  • Rest of the World

    Dear Mr. Garber,
    No mas!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Real soccer fans

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  • Sammy the bull

    Doesn’t matter we are just so cool with our 40,000 every game just fabulous. Now pass the my thai bowl.