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New York City FC scores 2 late goals, beats Columbus Crew 2-0

Jul 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Columbus Crew SC midfielder Artur (7) plays the ball against New York City FC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez (10) and midfielder Jesus Medina (19) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bronx, N.Y. – New York City FC scored a pair of goals Saturday in the final 10 minutes to continue its dominance at home with a 2-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC.

Jesus Medina drilled a left-footed shot from close range past Crew SC goalkeeper Zach Steffen in the 80th minute and 10 minutes later Anton Tinnerholm followed with his third finish of the season. With the victory, NYCFC (12-4-4, 40 points) tied a franchise record for home wins in a season in front of an announced crowd of 21,085.

NYCFC is now 10-0-1 in the Bronx and still has six home affairs remaining in 2018. City is unbeaten in 13 straight at home dating back to last season – also a club standard. 

The winning streak at Yankee Stadium is four, all under new head coach Domè Torrent.

“I’m happy because we took three points, but one day we’ll lose at home or not win,” Torrent said. “I’m not looking for any record. What’s important is winning because we keep getting points.”

Columbus had the edge in a first half, but failed to finish numerous opportunities. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson was forced into a double save on a Pedro Santos drive from inside the area and the follow-up by Niko Hansen.

“Sean was the best player for us in the first half,” Torrent said. “He was able to save our team.”

Columbus (8-7-6, 30 points) continued its goal-scoring woes on the road. Crew SC has a paltry one tally in their last nine road contests and overall have been shutout in nine of their 21 matches.

The second-half savior may have been substitute Jonathan Lewis, whose minutes have increased in each of the last three matches. Lewis replaced Ronald Matarrita in the 55th minute and instantly surged into Columbus’ area to play a square ball that Maxi Moralez shot over the bar.

Eventually, Lewis was positioned to pick off a Steffen delivery, and the sophomore winger’s first-time attempt struck the near post. Lewis gathered in the rebound and sprinted around the left edge before finding Medina by himself at the back post for a two-touch finish from eight yards out, which soared past Steffen and former NYCFC defender Josh Williams.

“I should have scored,” Lewis said. “I was definitely surprised. He’s a very, very good keeper and the whole game he was playing out extremely well.  Just like Red Bulls, they played really well against us, and they just made one mistake and we were able to punish them.  That’s the difference with this team now – now we are capitalizing on mistakes.”

Lewis’ entrance was the earliest he had emerged from the bench in any of his previous 14 reserve appearances for NYCFC.

“I’m very happy for him,” Torrent said. “After the training sessions, Jona is training 20 minutes more to improve the cross, to improve the one-on-one and that’s the reason I’m very happy.”

Tinnerholm made a near 70-yard jaunt down the right channel off a feed from Moralez. His cut-back in the area left Wil Trapp sprawling, and the Swede calmly slotted the left-footed shot past a helpless Steffen to seal the victory and join Atlanta United with a league-high 40 points.

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