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New York City FC’s wait for a first win of the season goes on after a goalless draw with Montreal Impact.
The Boys in Blue enjoyed the better chances vs. more Canadian opposition but they were unable to find a way past Evan Bush, despite a second half red card for Montreal’s Maximiliano Urruti.
Following last weekend’s 4-0 defeat in Toronto, Dome Torrent made four changes to his lineup for this one, bringing in Ronald Matarrita, Sebastien Ibeagha, Jonathan Lewis and Taty Castellanos.
NYCFC’s first chance came early in the game, when Alexandru Mitriță nearly found the back of the net inside the first 10' but his low, goalbound strike was met by Bush who made a stop which would not be his last.
At the other end, Maxime Chanot and Sebastien Ibeagha shone in the backline, making tackles and taking names throughout an industrious but relatively quiet first half.
Matarrita perhaps had NYCFC’s best shot of the first 45’, forcing Bush into a good save down to his left with a fiercely-hit volley from the left side of the box.
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi was brought on early in the second half and he did finally force the ball into the back of the net past Bush shortly after – however, the linesman had his flag up, ruling out the goal for offside, cutting the celebrations short.
In the 61’ minute, Dome Torrent put newly-acquired striker, Héber into the mix to make his debut for NYCFC and the Brazilian was met with a proper Bronx welcome by fans who had been waiting to see their new #9 in action.
There was a big twist on 69’ when Urruti stamped down on Chanot’s foot and was shown a red card on VAR review, giving the Boys in Blue a man advantage for the final 20 minutes.
However, City could not take advantage despite a late cavalry charge and the team had to settle for its second scoreless draw of the season.
We go again for those first three points of the season next week, on the road in Minnesota.
NYCFC.com Man of the Match
Homegrown midfielder James Sands started his fifth consecutive game for NYCFC and he turned in another fine performance in front of the back four.
Alongside Alex Ring at the base of the midfield, the Rye-native was assured in possession and combative off the ball to cap another impressive display.
How We Lined Up
NYCFC XI: Johnson, Ibeagha, Chanot, Matarrita, Tinnerholm, Sands, Ring (C), Lewis, Mitriță, Medina, Castellanos
Subs: Stuver, Sweat, Rocha, Ofori, Parks, Tajouri-Shradi, Héber
NYCFC is on the road visiting Minnesota United on Saturday, April 13 at 5 p.m. We're back in the BX on April 24 when Chicago Fire visit Yankee Stadium.