Ugly: Revolution outclass NYCFC in dominating victory

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

This is one match New York City FC would like to forget.

Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez powered the host New England Revolution to a 3-1 win over NYCFC. Both players registered a goal and an assist, with Lee Nguyen rounding out the goalscorers. Frank Lampard scored NYCFC’s only goal of the night — and his 12th of the season.

Agudelo opened the scoring in the 21 minute. A Diego Fagundez cross put Agudelo in behind the NYCFC defense. With Frederic Brillant hustling to find his marker, Agudelo calmly sidestepped the defender, blasting a shot past Josh Saunders for the lead. Fagundez challenged Saunders minutes later, but the NYCFC keeper pushed his attempt away.

Lee Nguyen doubled the Revolution advantage in the 42 minute. Fagundez drove the attack on the right wing side, sending a searching pass into the box and finding Nguyen on the other end. The Revolution’s playmaker sidestepped Brillant and Mena, slotting his attempt past Saunders for the 2-0 lead.

Frank Lampard cut the lead in half just minutes into the second half. The former Chelsea star latched onto a perfect RJ Allen ball in the box, beating Brad Knighton to make it 2-1.

However, NYCFC’s momentum was thwarted before it even began. Agudelo’s first shot was denied, but the former Red Bull academy standout kept with the play, getting a toe on the ball and springing Fagundez into space. The attacker took a touch into space, beating Saunders near post for the final goal of the evening.

While the 3-1 scoreline is damning for NYCFC, it could have been much worse. Saunders was forced into several diving saves throughout the evening. New England managed a whopping 12 shots on goal to NYCFC’s one.

Adding to the team’s woes, NYCFC will be without Federico Bravo, who was issued a controversial red card late in the match for an apparent dangerous challenge on Gershon Koffie.

NYCFC head back home this Saturday to face the Supporters’ Shield leading FC Dallas at Yankee Stadium.

  • Pirlo

    Forget the result. The humidity and stickiness just killed my mane.I wasn’t really ready for this in America. Can anyone recommend a good hair product for me? Now – I need a smoke, and fast.

  • Soccer is sex to me

    It’s their second season,and they are an expansion team. As a matter of fact I’m not a nycfc fan but what are we suppose to expect from their second season?
    Once pirlo is gone along with lampard, they will be better

  • Jimmy

    NYC FC are used to playing on a baseball diamond, not on the gridiron. Too bad they’ll never have a stadium as great as RBA