Three “penalties” and a victory for NYCFC

Three «penalties» and a win for NYCFC

UPGRADE DAY

New York City FC took advantage of clemency from referee Tim Ford, who awarded the home team three penalty shots, to win 4-2 against New York Revolution -England, Saturday, at Yankee Stadium.

The official did not keep his whistle in his pocket for this duel, setting a record for the most “penalties” awarded to a single team in a Major League Soccer (MLS) game. It started in the 10th minute when Andrew Farrell committed a foul in the penalty area. Talles Magno hit the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 for New York.

After the 'Revs' equalizer, Valentin Castellanos also got his chance at one-on-one with the keeper, in the 34th minute. Djordje Petrovic had the advantage, however, diving to his right to block the shot.

The Argentinian had another opportunity to score on “penalty”, ten minutes later, after being pushed by Farrell. The Revolution defender received a red card for his muscular intervention and Castellanos did not miss this second opportunity.

“Taty” continued his work by also shaking the ropes in the 82nd minute. The 2021 Golden Boot winner has risen to the top of MLS goalscoring again with 12 goals this season.

Gabriel Pereira also scored for NYCFC while striker Gustavo Bou was the author of a double for the visitors.

Heading into the evening's games, the Big Apple team climbed to second in the Eastern Conference standings, three points ahead of provisionally fourth-placed CF Montreal.

Portland spoils the party

In Seattle, the Sounders unveiled their banner of winner of the CONCACAF Champions League by hosting their great rival Portland. The Timbers wiped out the good mood at Lumen Field by winning 3-0.

The Sounders had absolutely nothing of the team that became the first in MLS to win the prestigious competition continental since it got a makeover in May. The Timbers won early with a 24th-minute goal from Jaroslaw Niezgoda.

At the start of the second half, Jackson Ragen received a second yellow card for an unsteady slide and the favorites locals ended up with 10 players. Portland only added to their lead in the last quarter of an hour, thanks to goals from Santiago Moreno (on penalty shot) and Dairon Asprilla.