Maxi Moralez scored NYCFC’s first goal. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — New York City FC finished up its preseason schedule with a 2-0 victory over Nashville SC Friday night.

Nashville SC will play in the United Soccer League this season, but will make its Major League Soccer debut as an expansion team in 2020.

Maxi Moralez boosted City into the lead on a 27th-minute penalty kick past goalkeeper Matt Pickens for a one-goal lead.

Alexandru Mitriţă tallied his second goal of the preseason — he found the net vs. AIK in Abu Dhabi earlier this month — in the 40th minute. He slalomed in from the left side as the Romanian international went it alone, powering through a defender’s challenge before firing a curling strike into the corner of the net.

NYCFC will open its fifth MLS season at Orlando City SC March 2.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at