Main Football League Golden Boot winner Valentin Castellanos scored the first goal of the MLS Cup playoffs in the 49th minute to lead New York City FC to a 2-0 home win in Sunday’s Round 1 clash with Atlanta United at Yankee Stadium. Defender Alexander Callens added his second goal of 2021 in all competitions in the 53rd minute for NYCFC, who advanced after the season for only the second time in the club’s seven-year history. the set.
Sean Johnson made four saves to keep the second playoff clean sheet of his career and for the first time since 2017, all of his saves came after the hosts took a two-goal lead.
Maximiliano Moralez, the 34-year-old captain of NYCFC, played a key role in both New York City FC goals.
On the first, his long cross fell from the right to the back post for Castellanos, who made the first volley to the ground. Castellanos didn’t get the job he wanted, but the ball went hard over the head of Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan and into the net.
Guzan made a brilliant dive to deny Moralez from long distance four minutes later. But after pushing the ball into the post, Callens was present to head the net from close range.
The four NYCFC seeds will visit the top seed of the Eastern Conference and the winners of the New England Revolution Supporter’s Shield in the conference semifinals on Nov.
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