Patrick Vieira’s side secured three points after a hard-fought 0-2 victory on the road in Kansas City.
In a competitive first half, it was the visitors who struck first after Maxi Moralez opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. David Villa grabbed the assist, he played the ball across the six-yard box before Moralez slotted home.
Sporting Kansas City had a free-kick in a dangerous position on the verge of half-time and they completely wasted it. They opted to take it short before NYCFC capitalised and raced into a counter attack. Despite having three players through on goal and the chance to score a second, David Villa took far too long on the ball and SKC managed to clear their lines.
NYCFC doubled their lead in the 53rd minute. On the break, they attacked with speed and Ben Sweat put a fantastic ball into the area which found Jesus Medina in space who finished the job.
It was 0-2 and plain sailing for New York in the second half. Sporting Kansas City saw a lot of the ball, they had a lot of corners but no real chances that could have got them back in the game.
Sporting Kansas City were awarded a penalty in the 79th minute following a lunging tackle from Maxime Chanot. It was a very tough call, but after looking at the Video Review, referee Mark Geiger changed his mind.
In the 86th minute, NYCFC’s Maxime Chanot was involved in more controversy after he was sent off for a last-man foul on Gerso Fernandes. Referee Mark Geiger didn’t give anything at first but upon reviewing the play, he gave Chanot his marching orders.
Despite being down to 10-men for the rest of the game, including six additional minutes, NYCFC held out for the three points.