January 22, 2018

By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: October 22, 2017 06:29:31 PM


NYCFC finishes second after draw with Crew

New York City FC held on to second place in the Eastern Conference on the final day of the regular season after a 2-2 tie with Columbus Crew SC on Sunday at Citi Field in New York.
The Crew (16-12-6) needed a win to finish second and secure a first-round bye. Instead, Columbus, which is 6-0-4 in the past 10 games, wound up fifth and will play Atlanta in a knockout-round game this week.
New York City's David Villa had a chance for a hat trick in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage but was denied on a penalty kick stop by Zack Steffen, who made seven saves.
Villa scored twice for NYC (16-9-9) in the first half after Ola Kamara had given Columbus an early lead. Former NYC defender Josh Williams made it 2-2 in the 58th minute as Federico Higuain assisted on each Crew score.
Both teams had chances for the lead in quick sequence beginning in minute 74 when New York City defender Frederic Brilliant knocked a poor clearance by his own teammate off the goal line. Less than a minute later, Steffen had a save-of-the-year candidate with a diving stop of Villa's side volley from 10 yards.
NYC trailed 1-0 thanks to the 11th minute goal by Kamara, but Villa scored in the 18th and 45th minute for the lead to up his seasoln goal total to 22.
Kamara netted his 18th goal of the season to tie Stern John (1999) for third most in Crew history. Villa countered on a corner kick, breaking free at the 6-yard box for a header off the service from Maximiliano Moralez to make it 1-1.
A turnover led the go-ahead goal just before the half. Crew defender Harrison Afful got a glancing header on a ball toward the goal, but it landed perfectly to Villa for the shot