Harrison, NJ—The change of scenery did the New York City FC club some good. The Jersey air had an effect on the team’s psyche.
NYCFC Ismael Tajouri-Shrad scored on a long pass from goalkeeper Luis Barraza to beat Montreal 1-0 on Wednesday night to end a two-game losing streak at Red Bull Arena.
Tajouri-Shradi flew from the right side to control Barraza’s kick down the center of the field, beating defender Zorhan Bassong to the ball and slicing it over goalkeeper James Pantemis from the center of the box in the 29th minute of the contest.
Barraza cleared the ball off his six-yard line, with the ensuing bounce fooling both Bassong and Pantemis. That left Tajouri-Shradi just enough time to lob the ball over the Montréal goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
CF Montréal had won three consecutive games and would have established a franchise record had they won, its unbeaten streak to seven. Instead, they have to be ready for Sunday road game against the first-place New England Revolution — no easy task.
“The way we defended was not so weak,” manager Wilfried Nancy said on a video call. “New York City, this is a quality team with good players. We had difficulties at some moments but we didn’t quit. They scored only one goal. It was one mistake. For an away game, this isn’t so weak defensively for me.”
Barraza made one save to help NYC improve their record to 6-5-2.
- 29′ – NYC – Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
- NYC: Sunday, July 25 vs Orlando City | 6 pm ET (MLS Live on ESPN+)
- MTL: Sunday, July 25 at New England Revolution | 6 pm ET (TVA Sports, MLS Live on ESPN+)