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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 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34