Two new MLS franchises fought an epic battle on Sunday evening. It was a fast moving and exciting 90 minutes, filled with many surprises and plenty of goals. New York City FC walked away as winners, and are now up 2 places in the Eastern Conference table.
After a first half of near misses from both sides, captain David Villa put New York City FC in the lead 1-0. Defender Angelino's long ball ended up with Villa who took one touch and blasted it straight into the goal.
The second half was full of goal scoring, with Orlando City SC's Cyle Larin pulling off a fantastic hat trick and having scored all of the goals for his team.
Midfielder Andrea Pirlo made his debut with New York City FC as a subsitute in the 56th minute, welcomed by a huge applause from the crowd and a high-five with his former AC Milan teammate Kaka who was playing for Orlando.
David Villa scored yet again in the second half to even the scores, but midfielders Javier Calle, Thomas McNamara and Mix Diskerud finished the job with the help of Pirlo, leaving New York City FC as winners at 5-3.