Taty Castellanos celebrates his second goal. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC pulled off its biggest win of the MLS season, blanking the league-leading New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium, 2-0, Saturday night.
Maxi Moralez and Taty Castellanos combined for both goals as City snapped the Revs’ unbeaten streak at nine games and made a statement that it is a team to be reckoned with during the stretch run in September and October.
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Goalkeeper Sean Johnson registered the shutout as fourth-place NYCFC (34 points) improved to 10-6-4 while New England (49) fell to 15-4-4.
“We were by far the best team for 90 minutes,” NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila said. “I know we can beat everybody if we are at our best, especially at home at Yankee Stadium. We know we are really strong, so I was very confident we would get a good result. The performance was good so I’m really proud of the boys and this will give us more confidence in the future.”
Moralez and Castellanos teamed up for the first goal in the 31st minute as Castellanos headed in Moralez’s pass past goalkeeper Matt Turner. The assistant referee claimed the goal was offside, but VAR made sure it was a goal.
Ten minutes into the second half, the duo struck again. This time Moralez sent Castellanos a cross that the striker finished for his 10th goal of the season.
“He can play everywhere,” Deila said. “He can play left. He’s also played right. So I think the three positions behind the striker are positions he suits very well in. He has legs, he’s aggressive, he’s technically gifted, he has vision, he has mentality, he has confidence. So .he’s just starting. I have high expectations for him. He played really well today. He gets tired and that’s why we take him off. He’s not use to this tempo so he needs a little time.”
The Revs have such a big lead, they will be difficult to catch.
“It will be tough to catch them now,” Deila said. “They are way ahead. But you never know in football. We are going to meet them again so it’s still possible but they’ve put themselves in a really good position. For us it’s to improve our play and keep on getting points. Especially away, we’ve been playing better than opponents away as well but we haven’t won the games. That’s something we have to work on now.”