Maxime Chanot celebrates his goal against Vancouver.  (Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports)

VANCOUVER — In a way it was the type of game that it was a pity to have a winner and a loser.

New York City FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps battled it out in B.C. Place Wednesday night and even when the game was tied, both sides went on the offensive.

Vancouver unloaded the crushing blow on the visitors as Yordy Reyna struck for his first Major League Soccer goal in the 88th minute to lift the Whitecaps to a 3-2 victory in the entertaining match.

The result snapped NYCFC’s (10-6-3, 33 points) winning streak at four games while Vancouver (24 points) improved to 7-7-3.

“Both teams had their own half,” NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said. “In the first half we had a lot of chances, but we scored only two goals.

“You’re disappointed. You’re winning 2-1 at halftime and you lose, 3-2.

“It was difficult difficult for me to ask them to do more than we did today.”

The game had a little bit of everything, from goals to lead changes. fabulous saves by the goalkeepers and even some yellow cards as tempers occasionally flared. It even had a couple of NYCFC players who hadn’t seen some action lately. Andrea Pirlo started at midfield for the first time in more than a month and he acquitted himself well. He was replaced by playmaking midfielder Maxi Moralez, who had missed several matches with a calf injury, in the 75th minutes.

“I thought Andrea had a really good game,” Vieira said.

On the game-winner, Cristian Techera sent the ball down the right wing to Jakob Nerwinski, who flipped a cross toward the far post. Reyna found room and snapped a five-yard header past goalkeeper Eirik Johansen.

With the game barely three minutes old, the Whitecaps struck first on a Fredy Montero goal. The Colombian striker latched onto a Brek Shea pass after center back Maxime Chanot lost the ball. Midfielder Alex Ring tried to tackle the ball away from Montero, who had an easy time beating Johansen from top of the box.

A Pirlo corner kick started NYCFC’s scoring sequence on the equalizing goal. He floated the ball from the left side to an onrushing A.J. Allen, who fired a shot on net. With Tommy McNamara running interference in front of goalkeeper David Ousted, center back Maxime Chanot managed to slot the ball home from close range for a 1-1 deadlock.

Maxime Chanot finishes off the Andrea Pirlo corner to put #NYCFC back on level terms in Vancouver

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎New York City FC‎‏ في 5 يوليو، 2017

Video courtesy of NYCFC’s Facebook page

A rather unusual play led to City’s go-ahead goal in the 40th minute.

Vancouver’s Kendall Waston hit McNamara in the race as the City player collided Ousted in the penalty area. At first, it appeared that McNamara had fouled the keeper, but referee Baldomero Toledo ruled that the Costa Rican defender had committed a foul in the box for a penalty kick.

David Villa stepped up and sent the ball into the left side of the net while Ousted dove the other way for his 12th goal of the season, 53rd of his MLS career and a 2-1 lead.

Major League Soccer (MLS) Player of the Month in June keeps it going in July with his 12th goal of the season… (cc: David Villa Sánchez) #NYCFC

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎New York City FC‎‏ في 5 يوليو، 2017

Video courtesy of NYCFC Facebook page

Montero almost took advantage of some confusion in front of the City goal, but he headed the ball wide left in the 51st minute.

In the 53rd minute, NYCFC midfielder Yangel Herrera was forced out of the match with a leg injury and he was replaced by Fredric Brillant.

Only a minute later, Montero and his teammates were celebrating a goal that brought the score even at 2-2. Christian Bolanos sent a right-wing cross to Jordan Harvey, who belted a five-yard shot past Johansen.

On the hour, Johansen made himself useful as he made a diving stop on a curling shot by Techera.

 

Scoring Summary:
03’ – VAN: Fredy Montero
34’ – NYC: Maxime Chanot (Assisted By: RJ Allen, Andrea Pirlo)
40’ – NYC: David Villa (PK)
54’ – VAN: Jordan Harvey (Assisted By: Christian Bolanos)
88’ – VAN: Yordy Reyna (Assisted By: Jakob Nerwinski, Cristian Techera)
Disciplinary Summary:
17’ – NYC: Yangel Herrera (Yellow Card)
23′ – VAN: Brek Shea (Yellow Card)
39′ – VAN: Fredy Montero (Yellow Card)
56’ – NYC: Jack Harrison (Yellow Card)
68’ – NYC: Alexander Ring (Yellow Card)
75’ – VAN: Tony Tchani (Yellow Card)
88’ – VAN: Yordy Reyna (Yellow Card)
Lineups:    
New York City FC: Eirik Johansen; Ben Sweat, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, RJ Allen (65’ Mikey Lopez); Alexander Ring, Yangel Herrera (53’ Frederic Brillant), Andrea Pirlo (75’ Maxi Moralez); Tommy McNamara, Rodney Wallace; David Villa (C)
Substitutions Not Used: Andre Rawls, Ethan White, Jonathan Lewis, Kwame Awuah
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: David Ousted; Jakob Nerwinski, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Jordan Harvey; Andrew Jacobson (84’ Bernie Ibini-Isei), Tony Tchani, Cristian Techera, Christian Bolanos, Brek Shea (65’ Yordy Reyna); Fredy Montero (90’+1’ Erik Hurtado)
Substitutions Not Used: Paolo Tornaghi, Christian Dean, Mauro Rosales, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Nicolas Mezquida