Valentín Castellanos had to appear for the game to make sense. New York City FC did everything possible so that once again Yankee Stadium could serve as their home and ultimately they did it with a Atlanta United which demonstrated the lack of time and experience required by the group of Gonzalo pineda. Despite not being a sweep, the difference between the two in terms of hunger and soccer was clear.
The first minutes followed the script by letting us see a New York team that completely ate the energy of the visitors. Pressing all the exits, having a first-rate individual marking and looking for a goal against Brad Guzan. However, as the minutes went by, this diminished and the Five Stripes coach found a way for his team to begin to touch the ball, come out from the bottom and slow down the pace of play to be able to establish themselves in a good way in the game. countryside.
The plan was perfect and thus led them to a scoreless draw in the first half. Doubts grew about whether New York could show how superior it was on paper and it was easily silencing everyone with a devastating start to return from the dressing room. First, Before it really was something wonderful for Taty Castellanos, the Argentine waited until the last second for Guzan’s error by not measuring the ball well and letting the first goal of the afternoon fall.
But if that hadn’t been enough to provoke a reaction from both parties, Alex Callens realized that it was time to finish everything as soon as possible and, after a huge save by the Atlanta goalkeeper who sent the ball to the post, a header from him won the rebound. and that was enough to annihilate the rival. From that two to zero there was no major lift and the opportunity was had by Josef Martínez with a cross shot taken by Sean Johnson. Outside of that, the highlight was that they could say goodbye at the end of the meeting. Now, it is time to increase the intensity, which New England Revolution awaits and with the desire to continue its historic campaign.
Taty Castellanos growing numbers and giving more history to NYCFC
It is not a minor victory for New York City FC. In addition to taking revenge for the defeat they once suffered 4-1 against Atlanta, the team has finally managed to move to the next round of a playoffs after always losing in their first game since 2016. In addition, this one has Castellanos’ first goal in a postseason and with that he already has 20 goals in 2021.