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NYCFC With Huge Comeback Win, Inch Closer To First Round Playoff Match

The New York City Football Club pulled off a massive come from behind win over visiting Orlando City, pulling closer to an all important home playoff match and maintaining their spot in 3rd place in the East.

On a dreary and cold day in Harrison the Gents in Blue and the club already having clinched a playoff spot they nearly struck early only to have Tayvon Gray’s first MLS goal overturned due to offside as the first half ultimately remained deadlocked at 0 at the end of the half. Scoring started almost immediately in the second half as one minute in after a long throw as Facundo Torres scored his fifth goal in six games on a right footed shot to the left side, deflating the solid crowd who made the trek to New Jersey.

New York did respond 19 minutes later as Alexander Callens converted from close range for a much needed equalizer. 15 minutes later NYCFC took its first lead of the night as Talles Magno, who assisted on the Callens goal, scored his first goal in 11 matches; going left side on a right footed shot for the 2-1 lead and the final score.

For the most part, a win Coach Nick Cushing was happy with. “I was really pleased with the performance, and I said at half-time that I thought we had another level in us. We were a bit sloppy at times in the buildup, we were turning balls over, and giving counterattacks. I am really disappointed with the long throw, we’ll look at that one. We gambled a little bit by putting two real offensive players on, but I knew that if we got a goal we could really go and take the game.”

It was a huge win for the Cityzens as the regular season nears a close. With Orlando having one match in hand and having the win earlier in the season they easily could have lost the first round home field advantage with this loss. However their final regular season match will determine final placement next Sunday as they visit 11th place Atlanta United.

3 Notes:

1) NYCFC is currently 10-3-4 this season at home, making a playoff match on home turf all important. Where that home turf will be however is anyone’s guess; with the Yankees & Mets reaching the postseason and RBNY poised for a first round match at home, their playoff game could be any of those three locations, or even Belson Stadium or East Hartford. A shame really for the reigning champions.

2) With his goal and assist yesterday, Talles Magno is tied for the team lead in goals with 7 and remains in second in assists on the team with 9. He also leads the team in shots and shots on goal.

3) In 12 matches against Atlanta NYCFC is 6-4-2 however is 2-3 on the road at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Expect a large crowd for the finale as Atlanta leads attendance in MLS by a wide margin, averaging over 47,000 per game.

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