<
>
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

play
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 12 +10 25
2 Columbus Crew SC 13 +8 24
3 New York City FC 13 +7 24
4 New York Red Bulls 11 +14 22
5 Orlando City SC 12 +2 19
6 New England Revolution 12 +3 18
7 Philadelphia Union 12 -3 15
8 Chicago Fire 12 -4 14
9 Toronto FC 11 -6 10
10 Montreal Impact 13 -15 9
11 DC United 10 -4 9

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 12 +11 24
2 LAFC 12 +5 21
3 Portland Timbers 11 +2 20
4 FC Dallas 11 +6 20
5 Houston Dynamo 11 +8 18
6 Vancouver Whitecaps 14 -8 17
7 LA Galaxy 12 -3 16
8 Minnesota United FC 13 -6 16
9 Real Salt Lake 12 -10 16
10 San Jose Earthquakes 12 -5 9
11 Seattle Sounders FC 10 -5 8
12 Colorado Rapids 11 -7 8

MLS News