Maxi Moralez scored NYCFC’s first goal, setting the stage for the win. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
BRONX — There seems to be no stopping New York City FC these days.
City extended its league unbeaten streak to 12 games behind a 3-0 home win over Seattle Sounders FC at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
NYCFC hasn’t dropped a league game in more than three months, or since a 4-0 defeat at Toronto FC March 29. They are 7-0-5 during that span, and 9-0-5 if you include two wins in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Jesus Medina scored one goal and set up another as Maxi Moralez and Ebenezer Ofori also found the net before a crowd of 18,217.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver recorded the shutout.
“You know, if you relax, 100 percent you will lose the next game,” NYCFC head coach Dome Torrent said. “I am happy because that means we get points and we are in good form, but it’s not important. The most important thing for me, is what happens in September. What happens in August and September, is the best time to play better, to improve.”
Added Moralez: “We deserve it because we’ve played really well at times.”
Moralez gave the host side all the scoring it needed in the 58th minute as he put a Medina pass past goalkeeper Stefan Frei in the 58th minute.
It was Moralez’s sixth goal of the season and the ninth score he has either tallied or assisted on his last three games.
In the 77th minute, the team’s Argentine connection made the difference as Moralez crossed the ball to Valentin Castellanos who hammered the ball across goal for Medina to put a finishing touch on it at the back post. It was Media’s first MLS goal this season and second in all competitions.
“I’ve been waiting and to play again and it was a good time,” Medina said. “I needed to take advantage and the moment came. Now it’s time to relax because we have an important game on Sunday.”
Ofori put an exclamation point on the win, hammering home a 35-yard strike
in the 87th minute.
“We lost the ball a little too much,” Sounders midfielder Alex Roldan said. “We let them have the ball and we kind of got tired, our legs got a little heavy just by inviting them to our side of the field. They [NYCFC] pressed really well and they also contained the ball. They moved the ball pretty well and have good movement. I think sticking to our transition games into such a small field would have helped us a little more. But overall, they got the better of us in the second half.”