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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

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NYCFC take advantage of extra man to beat Rapids (1:47)

Colorado were reduced to 10 men when 16 year old Sebastian Anderson was sent off, opening the door for NYCFC to score twice and earn an away win. (1:47)

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 Philadelphia Union 26 +10 45
2 Atlanta United FC 25 +13 42
3 DC United 26 +2 39
4 New York City FC 23 +10 38
5 New York Red Bulls 25 +5 37
6 New England Revolution 25 -7 34
7 Montreal Impact 26 -11 33
8 Orlando City SC 26 0 33
9 Toronto FC 25 -2 33
10 Chicago 27 0 30
11 Columbus Crew SC 26 -12 26
12 FC Cincinnati 25 -32 18

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 24 +40 55
2 Minnesota United FC 25 +8 41
3 Los Angeles 25 -3 40
4 Real Salt Lake 25 +6 40
5 Seattle Sounders FC 25 +1 39
6 San Jose Earthquakes 24 +5 38
7 Portland Timbers 24 +5 37
8 FC Dallas 26 +3 36
9 Houston Dynamo 25 -6 30
10 Sporting Kansas City 25 -7 28
11 Colorado 25 -9 26
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 26 -19 24