Mar 11, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher (25) passes the ball past New York City midfielder Alexander Ring (8) during the second half at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Here are three things we learned from New York City FC’s 2-1 home victory over the L.A. Galaxy.
Anton Tinnerholm is better than his preseason form
Tinnerholm struggled at times in the exhibition matches including the finale versus Montreal, which created some doubts about his ability to be the two-way right back NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira craved for his system. The free transfer from Swedish champion Malmö FF has responded with two very good matches to open the season, firing home a left-footed volley from close range against the Galaxy to register his first MLS points.
Rodney Wallace wants to keep his job
The Costa Rican international had a pedestrian second half of the 2017 season and faces significant challenges with the additions of Jesús Medina and Ismail Tajouri-Shradi in 2018. Wallace performed at a high level in preseason and has started both matches to open the year. Wallace has been instrumental in a higher press and has expressed himself well on the attacking side.
Ben Sweat is a better fullback than Ronald Matarrita
The trialist from a season ago earned the job last year when Matarrita went down early in the season with a severe ankle injury. Sweat has been a starting player ever since and Matarrita now is more commonly utilized in a reserve role on the wing. Should Vieira play three at the back along the way, Matarrita would be top choice at wing back on the left side.