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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Yefferson Quintana (3')
  • Anton Tinnerholm (49')
  • Maximiliano Mor├ílez (60')

New York City FC pull off second-half rally to beat San Jose

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San Jose 1-2 New York City FC: NYCFC stay unbeaten (2:04)

David Villa's absence didn't stop NYCFC from overcoming an early deficit to beat San Jose and remain unbeaten to start the season. (2:04)

New York City FC rallied to beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night thanks to two second-half goals and some superb goalkeeping from Sean Johnson.

The visitors took the field without David Villa, the NYCFC talisman -- just two goals shy of 400 in his career for club and country -- a late scratch after feeling something in warmups. He was replaced by Jo Inge Berget in Patrick Vieira's lineup.

San Jose was up in the third minute after Yefferson Quintero.headed a Magnus Eriksson corner into the NYCFC goal from the near post to make it 1-0.

NYCFC then took the lead on the hour mark, after Anton Tinnerholm smashed a first-time half-volley past Andrew Tarbell and Maxi Moralez scored from a Ismael Tajouri assist courtesy of a wicked deflection to make it 2-1 in the visitors' favor.

Johnson played a big part in preserving his team's three points as the game wore on, repeatedly turning quality Quakes chances away in the last 20 minutes.

And Vieira's team held on through a full seven minutes of stoppage time to take home a valuable win in this young MLS season.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atlanta United FC 32 +28 66
2 New York Red Bulls 32 +27 65
3 New York City FC 32 +14 53
4 Philadelphia Union 32 +2 50
5 Columbus Crew SC 32 -2 48
6 DC United 31 +7 44
7 Montreal Impact 32 -7 43
8 New England Revolution 32 -4 38
9 Toronto FC 31 -5 33
10 Chicago Fire 32 -12 31
11 Orlando City SC 31 -30 25

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 FC Dallas 32 +12 57
2 LAFC 32 +17 56
3 Sporting Kansas City 31 +18 53
4 Portland Timbers 32 +4 51
5 Seattle Sounders FC 31 +12 50
6 Real Salt Lake 32 -3 46
7 LA Galaxy 32 +1 45
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 31 -11 43
9 Minnesota United FC 32 -19 36
10 Houston Dynamo 32 0 35
11 Colorado Rapids 32 -28 27
12 San Jose Earthquakes 32 -21 20

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