Main League Soccer Golden Boot winner Valentin Castellanos scored his first MLS Cup playoff target in the 49th minute to lead New York Metropolis FC to a 2- home victory in Sunday’s Round 1 clash from Atlanta United at Yankee Stadium. Defender Alexander Callens included his 2nd purpose of 2021 in all competitions in the 53rd moment for NYCFC, who advancements in the postseason for just the 2nd time in the club’s seven-calendar year club historical past.
Sean Johnson made 4 will save to protect his 2nd profession playoff clear sheet, and his very first due to the fact 2017, with all of his saves coming after the hosts took a two-purpose lead.
Maximiliano Moralez, NYCFC’s 34-yr-aged captain, played a purpose on the two New York Metropolis FC aims.
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On the first, his lengthy looping cross from the appropriate fell to the back again article for Castellanos, who struck a initial-time volley into the ground. Castellanos did not link as he intended, but the ball bounded tricky off the turf, above Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan and into the internet.
Guzan manufactured an exceptional diving quit to deny Moralez from distance 4 minutes later on. But right after pushing the ball on to the post, Callens was there to head the rebound into an open objective from shut vary.
Four seed NYCFC will check out Eastern Conference top seed and Supporters’ Shield winners New England Revolution in a meeting semifinal on Nov. 30.