New York City FC made it their best start in franchise history as they coolly put away visiting Orlando FC even without David Villa.
New York City FC entered the match knowing that the Columbus Crew, the previous No. 1’s in the Easter Conference, had played to a 0-0 draw with the Philadelphia Union. Which meant that a win wouldn’t just be the best start in franchise history, but it would take them to the top of the East.
From the start, it was clear that Orlando had their ducks in a row defensively. They weren’t going to allow the hosts to bully them with the ball and it was going to be a hard-fought affair.
Unfortunately for Orlando, that was blown wide open on some questionable play at the back that ended up granting Ismael Tajouri a wide open opportunity at his first goal, which he slotted away to perfection.
Orlando never had a chance from that point. They were left trying to put together a cohesive attack among a fearsome sky blue midfield and when they lost the ball, which happened quite frequently, they weren’t quick enough to stop the New York City FC counter. The lead was doubled on fantastic combination play from a tenacious Max Moralez and Jesus Medina and the lead could have gotten much worse from there, but that’s how it would end, 2-0.
Here are New York City FC’s player ratings from the match.