Major League Soccer

Quick start helps NYCFC post 3-2 victory over D.C. United

NEW YORK (AP) Talles Magno and Santiago Rodríguez scored first-half goals and New York City FC never trailed in a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC (2-1-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute on a goal by Magno, his first of the season. Braian Cufré and Keaton Parks picked up assists on the score.

NYCFC took a 2-0 lead into halftime after Rodríguez took a pass from Gabriel Pereira and found the net in the 37th minute.

Christian Benteke pulled DC United (1-2-1) within a score when he scored in the first minute of the second half. Thiago Andrade upped the NYCFC lead to 3-1 in the 88th minute with an assist from Rodríguez. Steven Birnbaum took a pass from Mateusz Klich and scored in the 90th minute for DC United to complete the scoring.

NYCFC outshot DC United 10-9 with a 6-4 edge in shots on goal.

Luis Barraza finished with two saves for NYCFC. Tyler Miller had three saves for DC United.

D.C. United has gone 2-12-1 in its last 15 road matches dating to last season and falls to 0-6-2 all-time at Yankee Stadium. United did post a 2-1 win over NYCFC last season at Red Bull Arena. NYCFC handed United its worst defeat, 6-0, in its last visit to Yankee Stadium in 2021.

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Updated March 18, 2023