For Kreis Sake: Villa Double Helps NCFC Beat Ex-Coach

(NYCFC’s David Villa breaks away from Orlando City’s Antonio Nocerino – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club lost to their former coach, Jason Kreis, the first three times they faced him with his new club, Orlando City SC, including at Yankee Stadium on April 23rd.

NYCFC got their revenge on Sunday night with a dominant 3-0 win in Orlando, led by two goals from David Villa.

The win came on the fourth anniversary of the club’s Founding Day.

The turning point of the game came just 12 minutes in when Orlando City’s Kaka was called for a handball on a Rodney Wallace cross.

Villa took the penalty kick and buried it past a  diving Joe Bendik despairing in the 13th minute.

Wallace got his chance in the 34th minute, when he scored after getting a terrific cross from Ethan White to the back post, and he tapped it in to make it 2-0 NYCFC.

Orlando City had a chance to cut the lead in half when they were awarded a penalty kick after NYCFC defender Ben Sweat committed a foul against Scott Sutter in the box in the 60th minute.

Cyle Larin, who has been a thorn in the side of NYCFC, took the PK and it rang off the right post.

Villa got his second goal of the night in the 82nd minute after a brilliant feed from Maxi Moralez. He now has eight goals on the season and 49 in the past three seasons, the most in MLS since 2015.

NYCFC improved to 6-2-4, 20 points, and are now tied with Orlando City, who has an identical record, for third place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira said of his team’s performance, “The way that we played today was quite similar than the last two games [against Orlando]. We work much better from up front [in the score.] As a team we defended much better today but the difference is that we created chances and we took our chances. We were doing it again tonight like the last two games that we played against them.

“I am of course satisfied. Not just of the win, that is very important but I was very pleased with the way we dictated and controlled the game. From the start to the end, we showed a lot of character tonight and I’m really proud of the players. It wasn’t easy because traveling in the last two games where we didn’t get the result that we wanted. Today we came over here with a lot of personality, a lot of desire to compete and that we fully deserve to go back to New York City with three points.”

Vieira said of Moralez’s performance, “Maxi played really well without Andrea [Pirlo] in the game. I think what is important for us is, we tried to be consistent on our performances. I think when you look at Maxi, David [Villa], Jack [Harrison,] and I can’t give you all the names because to come here and to perform in the way we did today we needed our players to be in our best form. And everybody played at that level. And of course Maxi shined and showed how good he is, and this is really good for us. So players, myself, we have to be consistent on our performances. That will allow players to express themselves because our structure will allow them to show how good they are. I think Maxi is like that or David is like that we are a really strong team.”

Villa said of the match, “We’re very happy with the match we played. We were better from the opening whistle to the final. We had more chances, more possession and we controlled the game. The team was very good. Very compact, very together and we’re very happy with how the game went.”

On finally beating Orlando City, Villa said, “Yeah totally because I sincerely believe we deserved more in the two matches that we lost. I won’t say we were better but we deserved more than a loss in both games. A lot of chances, we had more possession and today we got a lot more justice with the goals.”

Villa said of NYCFC’s good run of form, “The team works together. The other day we committed a big error in Salt Lake. We didn’t give what we had to give, what this team must give, what we have inside this team. We had a bad day but it’s normal in soccer to have bad days. But you can’t throw it up as nothing, either. We lost to a team that, with all due respect, is worse than us. We let them get three points. But the team always responds well to a loss.”

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