NYCFC beats shorthanded Orlando City 5-0

Valentin Castellanos, Maxi Moralez and Malte Amundsen each scored one goal and one assist to bring New York City FC to a straightforward 5-0 victory over Orlando SC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Jesus Medina scored his seventh goal of the season for the team in the 40th minute and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi added his sixth of the campaign 13 minutes later.

Moralez’s 65th-minute tally was his first of the season, and Amundsen scored his first career MLS goal in the 79th. Castellanos converted three minutes later for the NYCFC (7-5-2, 23 points), which tied a season-record scoring tally set in a 5-0 win over FC Cincinnati on April 24.

The offensive barrage was a welcome sight for Luis Barraza, who finished with three saves.

Pedro Gallese made nine saves for Orlando City (7-4-4, 25 points), who were without several key cogs on their way to falling to 1-3-1 in their last five games.

Chris Mueller’s absence was not related to contract or transfer issues, a spokesperson told the Orlando Sentinel. Tesho Akindele (Canada) and Daryl Dike (United States) represented their respective countries in the Gold Cup quarter-finals, while Mauricio Pereyra missed the competition while serving a one-match suspension for accumulating yellow cards.

NYCFC scored a first-half goal for the second game in a row following a brilliant preparation from Castellanos, who beat Antonio Carlos of Orlando City for a loose ball in the open field. Castellanos’ spirited play allowed Medina to take the ball and unleash a powerful left-footed strike that sailed under the crossbar.

Tajouri-Shradi doubled the lead in the 53rd minute after a brilliant individual effort. He created space against Orlando City’s Rodrigo Schlegel at the top of the box before unleashing a left-footed shot that took off from Gallese’s hand and into the net.

Moralez’s close goal effectively put the game out of reach.

– Field level media

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