Three second-half NYCFC goals earn them a win over San Jose

NYCFC's midfielder Keaton Parks on August 11, 2021

NEW YORK CITY, NY – After a shaky first half defensively on both sides, three second-half goals earn NYCFC a third consecutive victory with a 3-0 shutout win over San Jose.  

Three second-half NYCFC goals help them win against San Jose

NYCFC can’t find a first-half breakthrough

Despite dominating the first-half opportunities and creating more chances, NYCFC couldn’t find a first-half breakthrough as both sides saw defensive issues but held even till the break.

The half’s best opportunity would come from NYCFC as Talles Magno received a header off a corner just around the 28-minute mark. As Magno flicks it on goal, the ball bounced off the far post with the follow-up rebound from Valentín “Taty” Castellanos expertly blocked by Earthquakes keeper JT Marcinkowski. 

Three late second-half goals earn NYCFC a win

The second half would open with Magno running onto a pass inside the box in the 59-minute. Dribbling around a San Jose defender and JT Marcinkowski, Magno calmly slotted it home for what seemed an NYCFC lead soon called back for offside.

The Earthquakes’ best chance of the half came in the 61-minute as a floated ball into New York City’s box deflected to the top of the area by Taty. With one swift swing from San Jose’s Eric Remedi, the ball was floated at goal and tipped just over the bar by keeper Sean Johnson to keep it 0-0.

In the 65-minute, NYCFC’s Maxi Moralez checked in, returning from injury for the first time since early April. And come the 74-minute, NYCFC would finally find their breakthrough as Magno played give-and-go with Keaton Parks. As Parks found the ball just inside the box, he was able to slam it home and grab his team the 1-0 advantage late. 

Gabriel Perreira would follow this up just moments later as the 78-minute hit, putting the moves on San Jose’s 22-year-old Marcos Lòpez and placing a shot between two defenders for his second goal in two weeks. 

Chris Gloster would close out the NYCFC win in the 88-minute on a perfect touch from a Moralez ball over the top of San Jose’s defense. Outrunning the defensive line, Gloster slotted a shot low and hard with Marcinkowski failing to react quick enough which extended the lead.

Last Word: NYCFC earns second shutout win of MLS season

Following a 5-4 victory over Toronto FC last weekend and a 6-0 win against RSL two weeks ago, NYCFC’s offense has continued rolling with the 3-0 shutout of San Jose. While the defense was somewhat shaky to start the match on both sides, NYCFC dominated on the ball and the defense held strong enough to keep the Earthquakes limited.

Keaton Parks, Magno, and Gabriel Perreira have all played particularly well over the past few weeks with Parks earning this afternoon’s Player of the Match award. NYCFC will face Kansas City next weekend, this time back at Citi Field in another cross-conference battle as the Bronx Blues look to continue the team’s success.

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