Things started bright for NYCFC — David Villa had chance after chance as the home side appeared ready to dominate Real Salt Lake at any moment. They couldn’t break through until the second half, with 19-year-old Jack Harrison scoring his first-ever professional goal.
It was a short-lived celebration though. Three minutes later, RSL’s Yura Movsisyan did well to muscle off his defend and cut for the opening to fire past goalkeeper Josh Saunders. But it was Juan “Burrito” Martinez‘s strike in the 67th minute that will make the highlight reels as he calmly chested down the ball and fired a rocket to double the lead. An own goal added another for RSL.
A very questionable penalty kick call in the 88th minute that let Villa pull one back would have been a bigger talking if not for RSL’s insurmountable lead that made NYC’s second goal too little, too late.
Villa would never find his goal, despite a whopping 10 shots on the night. NYC out-shot their visitors, 19-8. NYC has won just once in nine home games this season.
- NYC: U.S. Open Cup: Tuesday, June 14 vs. New York Cosmos (10:00pm ET)
- RSL: U.S. Open Cup: Tuesday, June 14 vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (10:30pm ET)