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NYCFC Rescues Draw in Spirited Comeback against Chicago Fire

(Photo by Catalina Fragoso - DoubleGSports)

(Photo by Catalina Fragoso – DoubleGSports)

NYCFC, a week removed from a disheartening loss to their intra-city rivals, the Neew York Red Bulls in Harrison, NJ, found their heart in the Bronx.

David Villa on the field and Josh Saunders in goal played at a high level to will NYCFC to a well deserved draw after being two goals behind and a man down for most of the match.

“We believe that we’re a better team than our points indicate right now.” Head Coach Jason Kreis proclaimed intently, “There were quite a few players that were willing to do anything tonight to get us that result.”

 The hero was Khiry Shelton, who received a cross pass along the front box line and rifled a left-footed shot into the left corner under goalie Sean Johnson for his first ever MLS goal.

However, he was humble in response: “I still have a lot of stuff to work on and I know that going forward it will be big for me.”

It was timely as well as it rescued a point for City in the 91st minute.

But it was a goal just before the half in extra time that reversed the momentum of a forgetful opening act.

 The Chicago Fire came in and camped out in NYC territory and outshot, outplayed, and outhustled the NYC unit throughout the first half.

But NYC finally got a few breaks like when seven minutes in Shawn Maloney appeared to score but offsides nullified it. However Maloney would set up a nice air ball into the box and Razvan Cocis scored on a pretty clever reverse headed shot to open up the scoring.

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