NYCFC Goals: Castellanos 32' & 71', Héber 45+3' & 89'
FC Cincinnati Goals: Cruz 30'
New York City FC defeated FC Cincinnati 4-1 in their first ever visit to Nippert Stadium on Saturday night.
It was a tale of two strikers, as City were able to bring home all three points thanks to Taty Castellanos and Héber scoring a brace each to defeat the expansion side.
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After a tough loss on the road last weekend against Atlanta United, the Boys In Blue were on the hunt to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference table with multiple games still in hand.
The last time these two teams met, NYCFC defeated FC Cincinnati 5-2 and though tonight’s scoreline ended in similar fashion, this time around Cincy was energized by new coach Ron Jans, and started the night off aggressively looking to defend their turf.
An early slip from City earned Jans’ side a penalty kick in the 24th minute, but Sean Johnson was there to keep things level.
The home team wasn’t done though. They resumed their attacking effort, and Allan Cruz was able to get one past Johnson shortly after for the opening goal of the night in the 32nd minute.
City answered right back when just two minutes later, Maxi Moralez raced through the midfield to find Taty Castellanos outside the box. The Argentine calmly collected and curled home his eighth goal of the season.
Then just two minutes before the end of first half stoppage time, Héber came up big for the team once again, pouncing to put one past ‘keeper, Przemyslaw Tyton for his 11th goal of the season.
City took a 2-1 lead into the half and never looked back.
In the 71st minute, Taty Castellanos scored a first header off a corner of the season - much to the delight of the City bench.
Finally 😏😂 pic.twitter.com/q4fB4NEUKD— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 18, 2019
NYC continued to push, adding a fourth and final goal on the night when Héber broke through Cincinnati’s defense in the 89th minute to put the cherry on top of a sweet four goal win For The City.
New York City FC now turns attention to Wednesday night when we host the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium
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New York City FC returns back to The Bronx to take on Columbus Crew SC on Wednesday night to celebrate Queens Borough Night.