MLS: NYCFC stays away from CF Montreal
CF Montreal didn’t play on Sunday night, but they still had a little reason to celebrate as New York City FC were unable to recover in the standings. The formation of the Big Apple instead lost 2 to 1 against Orlando City SC, at Exploria Stadium.
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A goal from Tesho Akindele, on the last action of the match, gave victory to the home team. The Canadian defender was able to head in Ivan Angulo’s corner kick, causing hysteria among the spectators present. The representative of the maple leaf had also entered the match in the 78th minute
Earlier in the match, specifically in the seventh minute, Junior Urso had given the crowd favorites the lead. The Brazilian made an opposing player look bad before giving the ball to Facundo Torres and going to position himself between the opposing defense. Torres thus handed the ball to him and Urso completed skillfully.
Maximiliano Moralez provided the NYCFC reply in the 53rd minute.
With this defeat, the New York club has the same number of games played as the formation of the Belle Province, but four points less, or 45, which still earns them third place in the East.
Atlanta don’t give up
At Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United refused to give up against DC United and came from behind twice in the second half to win 3-2.
All the goals in this duel were scored in the second half of the match.
Ravel Morrison got the ball rolling for the visitors in the 47th minute, but Alan Franco replied for the crowd favorites two minutes later.
The American capital outfit took the lead again in the 55th minute through Ola Kamara, but once again Atlanta came from behind through Josef Martinez seven minutes later.
It was finally Juan Sanchez who made a point of honor in this match, in the 70th minute.
Like Toronto FC, Atlanta continues to cling to their hopes of making the playoffs. Both clubs have 33 points, just three behind Inter Miami and the Columbus Crew, sixth and seventh respectively in the East, giving them the last tickets to the post-season ball. With 28 duels to their name, the Ontario team still has one or two more games played than all their rivals.