Patrick Viera’s New York City FC came crashing back down to earth this week, having secured a post-season playoff place last week against Houston last time out.
Frank Lampard and RJ Allen both sat out of the MLS’s penultimate game of the season due to injury, allowing Tommy McNamara and Jason Hernandez to start in the RFK Stadium.
Skipper David Villa started the game level with New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips at the top of the goalscorers’ chart, but it was DC who looked the more clinical of the sides from the off.
And who else was there to open the scoring but former NYC man Patrick Mullins, who only left for Washington midway during the season…
It’s only been 88 days since Mullins left Yankees Stadium, should he have celebrated his opener or not? Vote here…
And it didn’t take long before DC had their second. 4 minutes later, Lloyd Sam was the provider once again as Bobby Boswell headed home to double the home side’s advantage. The 6th Borough boys seemed to be missing Maxime Chanot.
And on the stroke of half time it was game over, some calamitous defending between Iraola and Josh Saunders gifting Rob Vincent DC’s third in 45 minutes.
A lacklustre NYC performance dried up in the second half, with DC rightly assuming the game was won. David Villa’s 22nd goal of the season came from the spot, but wasn’t enough to trouble the home side. To make matters worse, Bradley Wright-Phillips’ brace leaves him top of the scorers chart with a game to play.
Red Bulls’ +13 goal difference on City means they’re all but guaranteed top spot in the East, however the Blues still remain 1 point ahead of Toronto after they could only manage a draw with Montreal, meaning a semi-final bye is still on the cards.
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