After earning the first road victory in team history last week, New York City FC has now built its first winning streak.
Goals from David Villa, and substitutes Mix Diskerud and Kwadwo Poku led NYC FC past the Montreal Impact, 3-1, in front of 24,042 fans at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
Villa opened the scoring in the 31st minute before Diskerud doubled the lead in the 76th. Wandrille Lefevre pulled a goal back for Montreal in the 88th, but Poku scored a minute later to put the game away.
NYC FC (3-7-5) was coming off a comeback win last week against Philadelphia, and put in one of the better performances of its inaugural season, outshooting Montreal 17-11 in total shots, 9-3 in shots on target, and 11-6 on shots in the penalty area.
Villa, the team's captain and marquee player, starred, as he also had an assist, seven total shots, and three shots on goal.
"To get our second win a row was really important for this group [after last week's win broke an 11-match winless streak]," coach Jason Kreis said. "This week in training, I just felt this giant-sized gorilla had been lifted off everybody's shoulders . . . You saw a group tonight that felt a bit little more liberated and a little bit more free to be the type of players and the type of team they're capable of."
The hosts dominated most of the first half (with an 8-4 advantage in total shots and a 58 percent possession rate), but had nothing to show for it until the 31st minute, when Thomas McNamara played a ball into the box to Patrick Mullins. Mullins laid the ball off for Mehdi Ballouchy, who found an incoming Villa, who slid the ball into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
"Impressive, impressive goal," Kreis said. "I think the number of chances we've created and the way we created those chances was a glimpse of what we're after."
Villa almost scored again seconds into the second half, breaking free in the box before firing directly at Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush. NYC FC had another chance to double its lead in the 51st minute, when RJ Allen's cross found an open Mullins in the box, but the forward pushed the shot wide.
NYC FC dropped deeper in defense as the second half wore on, allowing Montreal (4-5-2) to see more of the ball. It would be the hosts who scored the second half's only goal, though, thanks to the combination of Diskerud and Poku. Poku possessed the ball near the edge of the penalty area, before sliding the ball across to Diskerud, who converted the 16-yard shot.