Recap: D.C. United begins new era with 2-1 win over NYCFC
A new coach, a new GM but same tradition. D.C. United got 2021 off on the right foot with a 2-1 win over New York City FC. Thanks to two goals towards the end of the first half, the Black and Red secured three points in front of a full 25% capacity crowd of 4,500 supporters.
NYCFC struck first in the 15th minute from a goal by Valentin Castellanos.
D.C. United would keep the pressure up and get a golden opportunity later in the first half. Brendan Hines-Ike equalized it with a rocket right up the middle. The crowd roared sounding like 20,000. Junior Moreno had the assist.
D.C. United quickly took the lead in the 44th minute. Julian Gressel took the corner kick and Russell Canouse was there with the strike to give the Black and Red the lead. It completely flipped the momentum of the game.
D.C. United would hold on in the second half for the 2-1 win. Shots on goal were even at four while D.C. United was outshot 12-11. Chris Seitz made three saves.
The Black and Red will be back in action next Saturday at 8 p.m. against the New England Revolution on the road.