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NYCFC scores wild win over Chicago Fire in MLS season opener

Khiry Shelton of New York City FC

Khiry Shelton of New York City FC celebrates a first-half goal against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on March 6, 2016 in Bridgeview, Ill. Credit: Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Mix Diskerud scored the eventual game winner in the 63rd minute and NYCFC beat the Chicago Fire 4-3 on Sunday in a wild affair in the MLS season opener for both sides.

NYCFC’s Thomas McNamara scored the first goal of the new season in spectacular fashion in the 10th minute, taking a feed from Khiry Shelton at the top of the penalty area and curling it into the upper corner. Nine minutes later, Razvan Cocis evened it on a brilliant run, and the Romanian midfielder almost registered again a few moments later.

Tony Taylor and Shelton both added goals to give NYCFC a 3-1 advantage at the break.

The scoring picked back up after intermission. Chicago’s Kennedy Igboananike scored off a turnover and pass from David Accam in the 49th minute. But Diskerud, who was left unmarked, restored the two-goal advantage in the 63rd beating Matt Lampson near-post.

Chicago wasn’t done though, as Accam scored on a penalty kick following a hand ball on Shelton, but the Fire couldn’t find the equalizer.

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