NYCFC Tie 1-1 With Montreal Impact

NYCFC dropped a one-goal lead at a bitterly cold Yankee Stadium to tie 1-1 with Montreal Impact.

It was a case of history repeating itself as Oduro cancelled out Wallace’s opening goal to level the match, meaning the teams shared the spoils.

There was golden opportunity for NYCFC to take the lead inside two minutes when David Villa got to the byline and pulled it back for Jack Harrison but the Englishman fired over the bar from ten yards out.

Following a spell of Montreal pressure which yielded no clear chances, it was the home side who went closest to finding the opener on 18’ when Harrison’s pace and trickery slipped Ambroise Oyongo but this time Alex Ring couldn’t convert the opportunity from close range.

On 25’, the Boys in Blue went even closer after Villa exchanged passes with Rodney Wallace and found himself through on goal but, while effort beat the onrushing Evan Bush, it bounced the wrong side of the target and wide.

Despite the flurry of chances, you felt as though NYCFC always had another gear to go to and, as the half wore on, Vieira’s men started to take a stranglehold on the midfield battleground, cutting through Montreal’s resistance with increasing regularity.

This intense pressure finally told with two minutes of the half remaining when Wallace netted his second goal for the club and second in as many games.

Similar to his first against DC, Wallace reacted quickest when Ring’s shot was well-saved by Bush, turning it in on the stretch after some sublime wing-play from Harrison on the right.

It was a lead NYCFC deserved but only a lick of paint kept it in tact going in at the interval as Ignacio Piatti struck the post before the half-time whistle.

That was a reminder of the fragility of the lead and it was one that seemed to be heeded as the home team flew out of the traps in the second period, with the Matarrita and Wallace left sided combination looking especially dangerous.

The goalscorer provided the first one-on-one chance of the second half when he squared for Maxi Moralez but the Argentine playmaker missed the target when he will feel he really ought to have scored.

NYCFC paid for their profligacy a few minutes later when Montreal equalized against the run of play through Oduro who raced onto a ball over the top and thumped it into the roof of the net.

Jonathan Lewis came in for his professional debut on 78′ and was soon followed by Tommy McNamara as Vieira went all out to regain the lead but it wasn’t to be, leaving NYCFC to rue their missed chances.


New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Ronald Matarrita, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Ethan White; Maxi Moralez, Andrea Pirlo, Alexander Ring; Rodney Wallace (84′ Thomas McNamara) , Jack Harrison (79′ Jonathan Lewis); David Villa (C)
Substitutions not used: Eirik Johansen, Yangel Herrera, Frederic Brillant, Sean Okoli, Ben Sweat

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Ambroise Oyongo, Laurent Ciman, Victor Cabrera, Chris Duvall; Hernán Bernardello, Calum Mallace (72′ Adrián Arregui) ; Ignacio Piatti (90′ + 3′ Anthony Jackson-Hamel), Patrice Bernier (C), Dominic Oduro; Matteo Mancosu (89′ Daniel Lovitz)

Substitutions not used: Marco Donadel, Hassoun Camara, Ballou Jean-Yves, Maxime Crépau