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Valentin Castellanos scores early, lifts NYCFC to victory over Fire

City won its second straight game after a six-game winless streak to open the season.

Valentin Castellanos #11 of New York City FC

Valentin Castellanos #11 of New York City FC celebrates his goal with teamamte Maximiliano Moralez #10 in the first half against the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium on April 24, 2019. Credit: Getty Images/Elsa

Valentín Castellanos scored in the ninth minute to help New York City FC beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 on Wednesday night.

New York City (2-1-5) won its second straight game after opening the season with a six-match winless streak. Chicago (2-3-3) had its four-game unbeaten stretch come to an end. It has never won at Yankee Stadium.

Héber dribbled it along the left sideline on a counter attack and sent a cross in front of the goal for a sliding finish by Castellanos. Last week, Héber made his first MLS start, and had a goal and an assist in a 2-0 victory over D.C. United.

Chicago goalkeeper David Ousted got a hand on Maximiliano Moralez's breakaway shot in the 58th minute to deflect it off the crossbar, and denied a penalty-kick attempt in second-half stoppage time. Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic was ejected in the 79th minute.

New York City had its third shutout in four home games this season.


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