New York City FC marches on to the Playoffs with a huge victory under their belt as a Hat Trick by Alexandru Mitriță allowed for the team to earn a 4-1 victory over the reigning defending champions the Atlanta United on 9/25 at Yankee Stadium. It was the final game of the regular season for the Boys in Blue, who took time to honor their amazing fans during Fan Appreciation night. Those who are the faithful followers of the team were rewareded with everything from Seat Upgrades to other amazing prizes throughout the night.
The fans were also treated to an amazing match and to be able to watch the team enter into the last two games of the year unbeaten in nine matches, thanks to the amazing offense of New York City FC. Mitriță opened up the scoring at the 14′ curling an amazing opportunity into the cage. For Atlanta they were able to create incredible chances on their end but the combination of defense and the stellar play of Sean Johnson was able to keep the visiting team at bay.
Mitriță was able to cash in on two incredible goals to make the score 3-0. During the course of the match itself the goals were assisted by Maxi Moralez and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. For Moralez he was able to reach an amazing milestone in becoming the third player in Major League Soccer history to reach 20 assist in one season.
Atlanta United FC cut the lead to 3-1 at the 53′ as Nicolás (Pity) Martínez tallied a penalty kick to get the visiting side on the board. New York City FC capped the night off with a goal from Héber Araujo dos Santos aka Héber.
The Boys in Blue clinched their spot in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. This spot was secured thanks to the club’s victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the team will have an opportunity to play at Yankee Stadium again in the postseason thanks to the victory over San Jose.
According to the New York City FC website this will be the formatting for the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs:
This year will mark the debut of a new format following the close of regular season play with Decision Day presented by AT&T on Sunday, Oct. 6. The top seven teams from each conference will qualify for postseason play, with the higher seeds enjoying homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and the top seeds in each conference earning a bye in Round One. The biggest change, of course, is that this year’s postseason will feature single-elimination matches throughout, instead of the two-leg series that preceded MLS Cup in past seasons.
Six Round One games will take place on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, with the four Eastern and Western Conference Semifinal games set for Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 24. Two games will be played on each of the match dates, and four teams, two from each conference, will advance.
The Conference Finals will take place on consecutive nights, Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Wednesday, Oct. 30, with each of the Conference Champions advancing to 2019 MLS Cup on Sunday, Nov. 10. For the first time in league history, MLS Cup will air domestically in the U.S. on both the ABC Television Network and Univision Network, and in Canada on TSN and TVA Sports.
The team will have two last games to end the regular season as they will take to the road to challenge the New England Revolution on September 29 and the Philadelphia Union on October 6. As always stay tuned to 1495Sports as we will have continued coverage with the team as well.
1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from after the team’s 4-1 victory over Atlanta United
Head Coach Domènec Torrent
Thoughts from Sebastien Ibeagha
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