Khiry Shelton hi-fiving fans after Chicago match

Khiry Shelton scored his first-career goal for New York City FC and it couldn't have come at a more ideal time.

Trailing by two goals and limited to 10 men after a red card, the Club fought their way back to earn a vital 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Captain David Villa received the ball at the top of the box, somehow split a pair of defenders and dished the ball to Shelton on his left. The second overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft slotted his left-footed attempt into the far corner in the 91st minute to cap the dramatic comeback.

Here is the story of Shelton's day in video, statistics, photos, quotes and more.

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By the Numbers

  • Scored his first-career goal
  • Subbed on in the 60th minute
  • Has 10 appearances (five starts) in rookie season
  • Registered first-career assist on April 16 vs. Philadelphia
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Shelton said

The effort that David and everyone showed tonight was big, the goal was a team effort. It definitely builds confidence, I still have a lot of stuff to work on and I know that going forward it will be big for me.

In the coach's words

I’ve been in Khiry’s shoes, so I can say this with a lot of clarity and a lot of belief: I think that goal can put him to the next level. I think that’s what he needed. I’m quite certain that’s going to mean a lot for his confidence and that’s what he needs right now because he has got sky-high potential, but he’s still a young player.



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