New York City FC Earns 2-0 Win Over CF Montréal

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July 3, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
New York City FC News Release

On Wednesday, New York City FC recorded a 2-0 win against CF Montréal in Queens. City took a 9th-minute lead through Costa Rican forward Alonso Martínez. They would double that advantage in the 56th minute with Martínez’s second goal of the evening. That would be enough to hand City all three points and stretch their winning run to two games.

Match Recap

New York City spent Wednesday evening in the World’s Borough as they took on CF Montréal at Citi Field.

City were aiming for back-to-back wins on home soil after Friday’s 4-2 success against Orlando City SC, with Montréal also coming into the game fresh off a 4-2 win of their own against the Philadelphia Union.

Head Coach Nick Cushing made one change to Friday’s starting XI, with the injured Malachi Jones replaced by Maxi Moralez. The Boys in Blue started the brighter of the two teams and were rewarded with the lead in the 9th minute through Alonso Martínez.

The move was started after Hannes Wolf pounced on a loose pass deep in Montréal’s half and played a first-time through ball to Martínez. The Costa Rican took one touch to settle the ball before smashing it into the back of the net.

At the other end, Matt Freese was called into action in the 19th minute after Montréal’s Kwadwo Opoku found space on the left-hand side of the box. The forward was able to get a shot away but was denied by a brilliant starfish save from Freese.

City would be forced into a first-half change after Moralez unfortunately pulled up with an injury in the 22nd minute. Waiting in the wings to step in for him was fellow countryman Agustín Ojeda.

Montréal appeared to be focusing their attacks down City’s left during the first half, which almost paid off for them in the 33rd minute after an overload down that flank culminated with the ball being pulled back to Josef Martínez, but his effort lacked the bend required to trouble Freese.

In response, a delightful through ball by Keaton Parks to Martínez orchestrated a 3v2 opportunity for New York City, with Martínez spraying the ball wide to the onrushing Ojeda. Unfortunately, the tricky winger appeared to lose his balance and saw an attempted pass across the box skew behind for a goal kick.

With the first half almost over Martínez was handed the perfect opportunity to double his tally for the evening after Rodríguez played him through on goal – the Costa Rican’s strike flashing just past the post,…

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