Santiago Rodriguez (42) celebrates his goal. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
Any thoughts that New York City FC can catch the New England Revolution have been banished.
Ten-man NYCFC fell an astounding 21 points behind New England as the Eastern Conference leaders recorded a 2-1 comeback victory over the visitors at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass Saturday night.
The result left NYCFC in fourth place with a 10-8-4 mark and 34 points while the Revs improved to 17-4-4 and 55 points.
It is only a matter of time before the Revolution clinches the Supporters Shield crown.
This goal is art 🖼
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) September 11, 2021
Canadian international Tajon Buchanan snapped a 1-1 tie in the 65th minute as he scored for the fourth consecutive MLS match.
City played the final 37 minutes a man down after Alfredo Morales was sent off for hhis second bookable offense in the 53rd minute.
The teams went into the locker room at halftime with a 1-1 deadlock.
NYCFC drew first blood in the 11th minute as Taty Castellanos sent a looping pass to Santiago Rodriguez, who finished past goalkeeper Matt Turner from close range. Rodriguez’s goal celebration was muted when he was forced to leave the match five minutes later with a possible hamstring injury.
The Revs leveled it with a goal of their own in the 21st minute off Emmanuel Boateng’s goal. Edward Kizza found Boateng, who scored from 13 yards on the left side of the box past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
After some nifty footwork by Carles Gil, New England grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute when Buchanan launched a 16-yard rocket from the right side of the area.