NEW YORK — New York City FC celebrated its Big Apple opening in style at fabled Yankee Stadium Sunday with captain David Villa scoring and taking an emotional curtain call in a 2-0 Major League Soccer win over New England on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Villa cut inside from the left touchline, played a quick one-two with Ned Grabavoy, burst into the penalty area and confidently slotted the ball past New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to put NYCFC in the lead in the 19th minute.
The famed Spanish striker blew kisses to a roaring crowd wearing the sky blue club colors and was mobbed by his teammates after the first home goal by the new MLS team.
Villa helped ice the win with a cross to Patrick Mullins who scored in the 84th minute to level the team’s record at 1-1.
New England’s Kelyn Rowe missed three good chances in the first half, and Juan Agudelo’s header from point blank range was stopped in the 42nd minute for the Revolution, last year’s MLS title runners-up.
The pitch, which covered most of the diamond with newly laid sod, did not produce bad footing as feared after being uncovered following a frigid, snow-covered winter.
Damage to the permanent turf — a worry expressed by some Yankees from their balmy Florida spring training headquarters — did not appear to be warranted.