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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Sebastian Anderson (6')
  • Sebastian Anderson (33')
  • Héber (40')
  • Alexandru Mitrita (83')

NYCFC come back to defeat 10-man Rapids

Alexandru Mitrita scored the go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute as the visiting New York City FC posted a 2-1 victory over the short-handed Colorado Rapids on Saturday in Commerce City, Colo.

Heber scored his team-leading eighth goal in the 40th minute and Sean Johnson made two saves for NYCFC (8-3-8, 32 points), which snapped a two-match losing streak and improved to 3-0-2 in five all-time matches versus Colorado.

Rapids midfielder Sebastian Anderson scored his first MLS goal in the sixth minute before seeing his night ended abruptly, courtesy of a red card. The 16-year-old Anderson was whistled for a dangerous foul on Ronald Matarrita.

Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard finished with two saves before exiting with a strained right calf in stoppage time of the first half. Clint Irwin made five saves in relief for the Rapids (5-11-5, 20 points), who played without leading goal scorer Kei Kamara (back).

NYCFC dominated play against its short-handed foe before Colorado's Lalas Abubakar failed to clear the ball out of harm's way with a header in the 83rd minute. Mitrita settled the ball and unleashed a shot from outside the box that sailed inside the right post to give NYCFC a 2-1 lead.

Colorado wasted little time taking the early advantage as former NYCFC forward Jonathan Lewis raced up the left wing and into the penalty area before sliding a slick feed to the 16-year-old Anderson, who scored from close range.

Lewis was playing in his first match against NYCFC, which selected him with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Heber settled Maximiliano Moralez's entry pass with his chest before deftly unleashing a left-footed shot past Howard to forge a tie in the 40th minute. The goal was Heber's fourth in his last three appearances with NYCFC while the assist was Moralez's club-best 13th of the season.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 30 +19 57
2 Philadelphia Union 30 +12 52
3 Atlanta United FC 30 +14 51
4 Toronto FC 31 +4 45
5 DC United 31 +2 45
6 New York Red Bulls 31 +3 44
7 New England Revolution 30 -7 40
8 Montreal Impact 31 -15 37
9 Chicago Fire 31 +5 37
10 Orlando City SC 31 -4 36
11 Columbus Crew SC 31 -9 34
12 FC Cincinnati 31 -44 21

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 30 +44 64
2 Seattle Sounders FC 31 +3 50
3 Minnesota United FC 30 +9 48
4 Real Salt Lake 30 +4 46
5 LA Galaxy 30 0 45
6 San Jose Earthquakes 30 +3 44
7 FC Dallas 31 +5 44
8 Portland Timbers 30 +1 43
9 Sporting Kansas City 30 -10 37
10 Colorado Rapids 31 -7 36
11 Houston Dynamo 30 -10 34
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 31 -22 30