Another New York City FC home opener, another David Villa goal.
In his 100th MLS game, Villa scored in his fourth-consecutive home opener while 20-year-old Jesus Medina stole the show, orchestrating all the goals, as NYCFC beat the L.A. Galaxy 2-1 on a chilly, late Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Villa notched his first goal of the season when he finished Ben Sweat’s blocked shot in the 33rd minute. The goal-scoring opportunity was started on a quick NYCFC counterattack, in which Medina raced from his team’s half of the field, weaving past two Galaxy defenders before sliding Sweat a cross in the box.
Medina, who was making his debut in The Bronx, also created the team’s first goal. He threaded a pass to Villa, whose deflected cross was emphatically finished by Anton Tinnerholm to beat Galaxy keeper David Bingham in the 22nd minute.
Besides scoring his first goal for NYCFC, Tinnerholm, who signed in the offseason, looked like a revelation at right back, a position that’s largely been ineffective and a merry-go-round in years past.
The Galaxy were largely outplayed with NYCFC manipulating the tempo of the match. However, the Galaxy were able to spoil NYCFC’s bid for a perfect homecoming when Jonathan dos Santos’ tap-in goal caught NYCFC’s backline asleep in the 60th minute to make it 2-1.
Toward the end of the match, the Galaxy gained momentum and threatened a few times around net, but captain Ashley Cole was sent off after he received his second yellow card in the 85th minute, which quieted the team’s comeback effort.