Valentin Castellanos’ 9th minute goal lifted NYCFC to a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. The win is City’s second in a row and lifts a giant weight off of head coach Dome Torrent who was under pressure to produce results. Along with the relief, City now know that they may have finally unlocked the young talent of Castellanos who has scored his second goal of the season.
The game’s only goal in the 9th minute was sparked by Heber. The Brazilian striker took the ball and moved out wide before sending in a low pass behind the defense. Both Castellanos and Ebenezer Ofori were waiting to recieve it but Ofori decided to let the ball pass him and be struck by a diving Castellanos. Goalkeeper David Ousted had little chance is it sailed into the back of the net.
Chicago’s latest signing Nicolas Gaitan made his first appearance but had little affect on the game. City controlled possession and had the better chances at goal. Just before the half the team nearly doubled the lead when Ben Sweat moved forward in took a shot across the goal from just inside the box. The ball bounced wide and left the score as it was.
Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic was sent to the locker room midway through the second half for arguing with the officials after the Fire’s best chance at goal. A shot from inside the box appeared to hit Alex Ring’s arm but it was close to his body, making the play legal. That didn’t stop the overflow of frustration from both Paunovic and his team who would surrender a penalty kick opportunity just before stoppage time. Maxi Moralez stepped up to the spot but was unable to convert.
City’s win now moves them into seventh place with 11 points (2-1-5). They have a very quick turnaround and play Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
New York City FC: Johnson; Chanot, Sands, Callens, Tinnerholm, Ring, Ofori, Matarrita, Castellanos, Heber, Moralez
Chicago Fire: Ousted; Campos, Marcelo, Schweinsteiger, Gutjahr, Adams, McCarty, Sapong, Mihailovic, Gaitan, Nikolic
9′ (New York City FC) Valentin Castellanos assisted by Heber
7′ (New York City FC) Maxime Chanot – YELLOW CARD
16′ (Chicago Fire) Mohammed Adams – YELLOW CARD
16′ (New York City FC) Alex Ring – YELLOW CARD
37′ (New York City FC) Anton Tinnerholm – YELLOW CARD
67′ (New York City FC) Valentin Castellanos – YELLOW CARD
75′ (Chicago Fire) Djordje Mihailovic – YELLOW CARD
90′ (Chicago Fire) Bastian Schweinsteiger – YELLOW CARD