Taty Castellanos celebrates his second goal of the night. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

The fans barely had made themselves comfortable in their seats at Yankee Stadium when New York City FC struck for the first goal in the opening minute Saturday night

As it turned out, no worries.

If the supporters missed the goal, they had plenty to cheer about as the NYCFC brought out with its largest haul in its history, trouncing D.C. United, 6-0.

Taty Castellanos led the way with a brace. Thiago, Maxi Moralez, Alex Callens and Jesus Medina also found the net as NYCFC set a team record for the most goals in a match.

“It was probably the best game of the season,” Castellanos said.

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson recorded the clean sheet.

NYCFC (12-11-8, 44 points) moved above the playoff line into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. D.C. (12-14-5, 41) was in ninth.

For the first time in their seven-year history, the Cityzens scored four goals in the first half. That included two in opening seven minutes.

“The boys showed what’s in them,” head coach Ronny Deila said. “When they are at their best way we know we can destroy teams when we do that and we did that today.”

NYCFC had endured a 10-game stretch in which it went 1-5-4 before breaking out Saturday night. The team snapped a four-game shutout streak in the 1-1 draw at Atlanta United Wednesday night.

It certainly didn’t hurt that some of the breaks went the hosts’ way.

“I don’t remember one team that has outplayed us,” Deila said. “We have created enough ourselves and we haven’t taken our chances when we haven’t won. We outplayed many teams this year and we did it today again.”

Thiago started it off 36 seconds after  the kickoff, volleying a left-wing feed from Malte Amundsen with his right foot past goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

Six minutes later, Hamid came out of the net and the penalty area, leaving the net wide open. Castellanos easily chipped the ball in for a two-goal margin.

NYCFC was relentless, turning every D.C. mistake into a goal. Castellanos got his second and 15th of the season on a gift. He ran onto a botched back pass and raced in on Hamid, whom he beat from the top of the box for a stunning 3-0 lead in the 11th minute.

Moralez made it an even four goals in the 44th minute, putting in a rebound of a Castellanos bicycle kick before Callens found the net on a diving head off an Amundsen cross eight minutes later.


Medina joined the party in the 74th minute as he scored from the top of the box, placing his shot through the hands of Hamid to make it 6-0. It was Medina’s ninth goal of the season.