Bronx, NY—Can you say Thiago Andrade? Andrade has been playing his best soccer of late for his NYCFC team.
Andrade had a goal and an assist to help New York City FC beat the Columbus Crew 4-1.
NYCFC opened the scoring 14 minutes into the contest on the head of Valentin Castellanos, who found the back of the net from a Jesus Medina corner kick. Columbus goalkeeper Eloy Room slipped and fell on the turf while watching the ball slipped past him.
The Crew had the edge in possession, NYCFC finished the game with 24 shots and nine on frame compared to the Crew’s nine shots and one on goal. Clearly, it was not a good night for Columbus on either end on the grass.
Thiago made it 2-0 when he ran behind Alfredo Morales’ long pass and slipped it over the rushing Room’s head in the 35th.
Thiago hit Keaton Parks for a goal in the 51st minute, and Santiago Rodríguez ended the scoring in the 71st minute.
Pedro Santos scored a penalty for Columbus in second-half stoppage time.
NYCFC came out of the locker room with an intensity that Columbus couldn’t match early in the second half. The Crew controlled possession but were outmatched in every other area statistically, with NYC at eight shots with two on goal to start the second half while the men in Black & Gold had only four shots and none on goal.
Head coach Caleb Porter tried to give Columbus a shot in the arm at the 62nd minute, putting in Saad Abdul-Salaam, Derrick Etienne Jr., Erik Hurtado for Harrison Afful, Luis Diaz, and Bradley Wright-Phillips respectively. The impact wasn’t big enough as the second half just drained the Crew Club.
The Crew had a six-game unbeaten run into Friday night. The run was unexpected but encouraging as Porter and his team have dealt with a serious lack of depth due to international call-ups and injuries. However, with the club nearly back to full strength with a few exceptions, a defeat like this was very surprising. Whether it was due to overconfidence or simply a bad day, it was not a great one to be a Crew fan.
Every game and every team requires unique strategies and tactics, but playing at Yankee Stadium brings a different set of challenges and difficulties. NYCFC plays on top of the baseball outfield, which makes for a very narrow field and a very difficult style of play, especially for visiting teams who aren’t used to playing there.
As evidence, in three games at Yankee Stadium this year, New York City has two 5-0 wins and one 1-1 draw.
- 14′ – NYC – Valentin Castellanos
- 35′ – NYC – Thiago Andrade
- 51′ – NYC – Keaton Parks
- 71′ – NYC – Santiago Rodriguez
- 90+6′ – CLB – Pedro Santos (PK)
- NYC: Wednesday, August 4 at Chicago Fire | 9:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE on ESPN+)
- CLB: Wednesday, August 4 vs D.C. United | 7:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE on ESPN+)