CARSON, CA (August 12, 2017) – Jonathan Lewis opened his MLS account as New York City FC defeated the LA Galaxy on Saturday night 0-2. City continued a good run of road form as they march towards the playoffs. The Galaxy dropped their seventh home game in league play and playoffs look nearly impossible now.
Los Angeles Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Brian Rowe — Pele van Anholt, Daniel Steres, Dave Romney, Ashley Cole (C) — Joao Pedro, Jermaine Jones — Romain Alessandrini, Jonathan dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng — Gyasi Zardes
New York City Starting XI (4-3-3): Sean Johnson — Ethan White, Frederic Brilliant, Alexander Callens, Ben Sweat — Yangel Herrera, Alexander Ring, Thomas McNamara — Jack Harrison, David Villa, Jonathan Lewis
Jonathan Lewis Opens MLS Account As LA Galaxy Lose Another Home Game
The Galaxy came out desperate for a goal and a win at home. Alessandrini and Boateng were very active with service and their speed. In his first ever start with the Galaxy, Jonathan dos Santos was very active on both sides of the ball. New York City FC countered with getting the ball to David Villa but did not record a shot on goal in the first half.
The best chances of the half came in the 15th and 40th minute respectively. Alessandrini and Cole forced Johnson to make two great jumping saves. The half ended 0-0 with Jones, Callens, and Ring on yellow cards.
New York City found new life in the second half. In the 54th minute, MLS Rookie Jonathan Lewis dribbled around Jermaine Jones to the top of the box then fired a lobbing shot over Brian Rowe, off the underside of the bar, and into the back of the net. It was the first MLS goal for Lewis.
The Galaxy responded by throwing numbers forward. Zardes, Cole, and Alessandrini all got chances. Johnson made several spectacular saves to keep the lead.
Against the run of play, David Villa doubled the advantage in the 74th minute. The MVP candidate got the ball at the top of the box, separated from three defenders in the area, and scored a golazo to the top corner of the goal.
Johnson stood tall in the final minutes to hold onto the shutout. The match ended 0-2.
54′ New York City – Jonathan Lewis, assisted by Ben Sweat
74′ New Yory City – David Villa, assisted by Yangel Herrera
Other than the lack of finishing, the Galaxy should be happy with this performance (in a vacuum). They had 21 shots, 5 on target. Sean Johnson was arguably the Man of the Match, and if he hadn’t been they’d probably have scored at least once. In the context of their season, this is a deflating result. Jermaine Jones made an error that caused the first goal. They couldn’t catch a break. Gyasi Zardes still hasn’t been able to get a goal in 2017.
They’ve now lost seven home games this year. While new Head Coach Sigi Schmid has improved the defense and calmed down Jermaine Jones, they are 0-2-1 since he was hired.
A new coach can only do so much this late in the season. The Galaxy are all but mathematically eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs. Schmid should start to focus on building for 2018, not saving this year.
For NYCFC, this is another good road result. Lewis showed his potential on the goal and David Villa did his thing. This team looks like a contender on paper and they’re playing like it.