Medina scores twice, NYCFC beats Revolution 2-1
NEW YORK (AP) Jesus Medina scored two second-half goals, the second on a penalty kick late in extra time, and New York City FC vaulted into the Eastern Conference lead with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.
New England took the lead in the second minute and went a man down in the ninth, but New York City couldn't capitalize until Medina scored in the 70th minute. It appeared the Revolution would steal a point on the road until Andrew Farrell took down Alexandru Mitrita in the box. The PK call, six minutes into stoppage time, was made after review and was the second review to go against New England. Antonio Milnar Delamea was sent off in the ninth minute for denial of an obvious scoring opportunity.
Juan Fernando Calcedo's fifth goal made it 1-0 for New England (10-10-9) early. A long pass forward from Farrell found Calcedo behind the defense. He fended off a defender and put the ball past challenging keeper Brad Stuver.
NYCFC (15-5-8), which moved past Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference, had the pressure the short-handed Revolution on throughout and it showed in the tying goal. Alexander Ring put a long ball up to Anton Tinnerholm on the right sideline and he quickly put it into the box where three teammates swarmed behind the defense with Media taking the honors for his second goal of the season.
Matt Turner made nine saves for sixth-place New England as NYCFC put 10 of 30 shots on goal. The Revolution only had seven shots, two on target as Stuver made just one save.
Updated September 7, 2019