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MLS: New York City Football League champion for the first time – goal celebration scandal

New York City FC won its first-ever title. In the dramatic MLS Cup final against the Portland Timbers, the fourth round crowned themselves champion after furious playoffs.

New York City FC celebrated the opening goal – while Medina played on the ground.
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He was already the second division champion in Germany, and now Alfredo Morales has also won the title in the first division: the former Herthan, Ingolstadt and Dusseldorf player celebrated the MLS championship with the New York City club on Saturday afternoon (local time).

The young franchise of “City Football Group”, which also belongs to Manchester City, won 4-2 on penalties in a dramatic final in Portland Timbers. Amid the rain, New York football team striker Castellanos advanced after a free kick crossed shortly before the break with the help of goalkeeper Clark (41), followed by a scandal: while celebrating the goal on the side line, his colleague Medina was hit in the head by. Drinks can, but was able to keep playing after prolonged treatment.

The Timbers, who won the title in 2015, came only on the last leg of normal time and actually tied when the guests thought they had hit the target: Mora hit a rebound seconds before injury time ended (90.+4) and Providence Park literally exploded. . Even in extra time, the homeowners kept the trigger against a shocked opponent, but he missed another target.

New York goalkeeper FC Johnson saves his first two penalties

On penalties, New York goalkeeper Johnson saved his first two attempts, thus laying the foundation for the first title in the club’s short history. The fact that Morales missed too was of no consequence. While the Timbers lost a final like 2018, the NYCFC capped their solid run in the playoffs.

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In fourth place in the Eastern Conference, Morales & Co. eliminated the main undisputed round champion New England Revolution (5:3 IE) and second Philadelphia Union (2:1) after Atlanta United fifth (2:0) with the same number of points. Portland completed the main round of the Western Conference in fifth place.

Goals and cards

0: 1Castellanos (41 inch)

1: 1Must (90′)

Portland Timbers


New York City FC

New York City

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Overview: All matches of the New York City Football season