New York City FC just might want to send Christian Pavon a gift or a Christmas card.
Pavon converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute to boost the LA Galaxy to a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Is Back Tournament Thursday night.
The result lifted NYCFC (1-2, 3 points, into the knockout round of the competition as the fourth and final third-place wildcard team and it eliminated Houston (0-1-2, 1).
NYCFC will meet Toronto FC in a Round of 16 game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The Dynamo’s Maynor Figueroa was called for a foul in the box and Pavon stepped up and converted the spot kick.
Darwin Quintero had given Houston a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.