2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (62')
  • Maximiliano Morález (74')

NYCFC beats Orlando for third straight win to open season

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Ismael Tajouri and Maximiliano Moralez scored 12 minutes apart in the second half and New York City FC won its third straight game to open the MLS season with a 2-0 victory over Orlando City on Saturday.

Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik misplayed a back pass that went right to Tajouri inside the 18-yard box and the midfielder took a few touches to the penalty spot for an easy finish in the 62nd minute.

And after an Orlando giveaway to Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jesus Medina settled it for an oncoming Moralez to slide it home in the 74th minute.

NYCFC was without star striker David Villa because of a minor injury, as well as Anton Tinnerholm, while Ronald Matarrita limped off in the second half.

Orlando has its share of injury problems as well. Striker Stefano Pinho had a right ankle injury last Saturday, leaving on crutches, and playmaker Dom Dwyer will be out for at least two more weeks.

Sacha Kljestan made his debut after serving a two-game ban for the Lions, who arrived late because of the St. Patrick's Day parade traffic.