NYC F.C. Loses to Atlanta 1-0, in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Semi-Final Playoff at Home...!
NEW YORK, NY(SMIWIRE,11.04.18)-Domenec Torrence and Co, placed themselves on very tough situation of the 2018 MLS play-off run,
after losing to second seeded Atlanta 1-0, in the first leg of the Eastern semifinal playoff-game at legendary Yankees's Stadium, Bronx in
New York City.
The Boys in Blue, who defeated Philadelphia Union 3-1 in a Knock-Out play-off game last Wednesday (Halloween's Day) and loss only one home's game during the entire 2018 season, had its second home defeat to #2 seed Atlanta United this evening, in a very physical game and must win next week with a minimun of two goals as a visitor in the second leg game in order to advance to MLS Eastern conference championship game at Mercedes-Benz in Atlanta, Georgia.
There were 39 fouls whistled in the game between the two teams.
18 for New York & 22 for Atlanta.It also five yellow cards were registered, three for the Five Stripes and two the Boys in Blue.
Atlanta, who came to New York after losing 4-1 to Toronto and the fan Supporter's Shield to the New York Redbulls, bounced back with the victory of 1-0 today over NYC .F.C. and with a chance to reach the Eastern Finals for the first time in their history with tie (0-0) or win, when both teams play again the second leg game next week in Atlanta.
NYC F.C. were outplayed most of the 2/3 of the game, with Atlanta have more control of the ball and creating more chances of goal with thier strong offensive attacks. NYC F.C tried to find tunning in their midfield and a counter-attack strategy to penetrate Atlanta's solid defensive line but could not find the net after numerous failed attemps.
The visitors scored their first goal at the 20th minute by Miguel Almiron but it was nulled due to he was found offside behind
NYC F.C 's goalkeeper Sean Johnson, after reviewing the video when the play was originated through a corner-kick.
The goal was called back but that did not stopped Atlanta, who kept
the pressure on the Boys in Blue.The couner-attack kept coming and
the goal eventually arrived at the 37th minute through a corner-kick inside the 18', finding Atlanta's forward Josef Martinez who shot a left-footed but was stopped by Sean Johnson and in the rebound Atlanta's midfielder Eric Remedi tapped the ball into the net for his goal of the season.With this goal in the first half, that's all Atlanta needed to secure the victory and head back home with a chance to
advance to MLS Easten Final.
New York went to the offensive and they gave it all the rest of the game but not luck or effectiveness.
NYC F.C. with (16-10-8) overall record in the season, will go to Atlanta to play the second leg game of the MLS Eastern Semi-Finals and look for the biggest upset of the year in order to advance against a very tough and talented Atlanta United team(21-7-6).
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