Bronx, NY—NYCFC came out flat in the match with a lot of confusion. It looked like the Boys in Blue had a difficult time communicating in the back lines. It may not look pretty – but a win is a win.
Keaton Parks and Gabriel Pereira scored four minutes apart in the second half to lift New York City FC (4-3-1, 13 points) to a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquake (1-5-3, 6 points) on Sunday afternoon in front of 17,174 at Yankee Stadium.
The Earthquakes held NYCFC’s high-power offense off the board for 73 minutes before the home team was able to get their offense on track. The game’s second goal would come four minutes later when substitute Pereira curled a strike into the bottom corner past JT Marcinkowski. The third goal was by Chris Gloster, which was his first MLS goal in the 88th to seal it.
The MLS Cup champions have lost two matches in their last 18 home matches despite rotating between three venues. Two of three wins in this homestand have come at Yankee Stadium, with the other last weekend played at Citi Field.
Sean Johnson made three saves to preserve his third shut out this season, including two in those recent Yankee Stadium games.
His goalkeeping counterpart JT Marcinkowski made six saves for the Earthquakes.
NYCFC coach Ronny Deila introduced his final sub in the 91st minute as Rodríguez was replaced by Gedion Zelalem. That would prove to be the final icing of the match and confirmed a convincing victory for NYCFC.
The match changed when Moralez and Pereira replaced Nicolás Acevedo and Thiago in the 65th minute. Moralez was back after fracturing his ribs in training more than three weeks ago, his ability to control the pace of a match is unfathomable in MLS. He can slow down the game and make the other team follow his tempo, then speed up and catch them flat-footed. It’s a pleasure to see a technician at work.
The Earthquakes currently has a 1-5-3 record (6 pts.) during the 2022 MLS regular season.
The Quakes now hold an 0-5-1 overall record against New York City FC, including a 0-4-0 on the road.
The Earthquakes are now 2-1-0 in three games in all competitions under interim head coach Alex Covelo.
Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski made a season-high six saves.
2022 MLS Regular Season
New York City FC 3 – 0 San Jose Earthquakes
Sunday, May 1, 2022 – Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y.
NYC (1-0) – Keaton Parks (Talles Magno) 74’
NYC (2-0) – Gabriel Pereira (Santiago Rodriguez, Talles Magno) 78’
NYC (3-0) – Chris Gloster (Maxi Moralez) 88’
Next Up for New York City Football Club is a meeting with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, May 7th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00PM EST (YES Network/NYCFC.com/Radio). Get your tickets for the game.