New York City FC vs FC Dallas: Match Recap 9/17/16

NYCFC – 2 

FC Dallas – 2

Match Recap … 

Tommy McNamara and Khiry Shelton scored in each half as New York City FC played FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw in front of 25,204 fans Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

McNamara opened the scoring on eight minutes with his fifth goal of the season. Jack Harrison received a cross from Ronald Matarrita and quickly played into the box to McNamara, who turned and scored inside the far post from eight yards out.

FC Dallas (15-8-7) equalized in the 20th minute when Maximiliano Urruti put his shot off the underside of the crossbar and in for his eighth goal of the year.

The visitors took a 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute when Mauro Rosales received a square pass along the edge of the 18-yard box and quickly played to Michael Barrios, who scored his ninth goal of the season.

NYCFC (12-9-9) pulled even in the 78th minute when Shelton latched onto a sublime Harrison cross and headed it in from just outside the six-yard box. It is Shelton’s third goal of the season.

Steven Mendoza nearly had the late winner when he split a pair of defenders and raced in alone on Seitz. But his shot from 17 yards out was off the mark.

Photos: New York City FC vs FC Dallas

How they lined up … 

Patrick Vieira made three changes to his starting XI from the squad that lost at New England last Saturday.

RJ Allen started on the left side of a four-man backline, replacing Jason Hernandez, Andoni Iraola returned to the starting lineup in place of suspended Federico Bravo and Tommy McNamara started on the left side of a three-man front line, replacing Steven Mendoza.

Mendoza was the first substitution, coming on for Frank Lampard three minutes from halftime. In the 63rd minute, Khiry Shelton replaced Allen as Vieira switched to three in the back.

In the 82nd minute, Hernandez came on for McNamara, as NYCFC returned to a four-man backline.

Man of the match …

Tommy McNamara

McNamara returned to the lineup after Vieira rested him against New England and made an immediate impact with his fifth goal of the season, matching his total of last season, and first since a wonder strike against the New York Red Bulls on July 24.

McNamara also lofted in a dangerous ball to Andrea Pirlo in the 28th minute, but Pirlo’s sliding shot was saved by FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

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Key moment …

With NYCFC desperate for a tying goal, Khiry Shelton came up with the late heroics, latching onto a spectacular cross from Jack Harrison and powered a header from eight yards out inside the near post.

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Stats and milestones …

  • Tommy McNamara scored his fifth goal of the season, matching his total last season.
  • Khiry Shelton netted his third goal of the year. 
  • Jack Harrison had a pair of assists, his first multi-assist game of his career. He previously registered two goals when he had a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls on July 3. 
  • NYCFC is now 5-0-1 in their last six games at Yankee Stadium.

What it means …

Undefeated at home in their last six games, NYCFC moved into sole possession of second place, pulling within a point of first-place Toronto FC. NYCFC remains home to take on the Chicago Fire Friday at 8 p.m. Buy your tickets here!

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