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2017 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Alexander Callens (38')
  • Jack Harrison (52')
  • David Villa (63')
  • Christian Ramirez (9')

David Villa's superb goal caps NYCFC's defeat of Minnesota United

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NYCFC 3-1 Minnesota: Vieira's men roll (1:47)

Minnesota took an early lead at Yankee Stadium, but NYCFC turned on the style en route to a dominant win over the Loons. (1:47)

New York City FC solidified its third-place spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-1 victory over expansion side Minnesota United at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

The victory puts Patrick Vieira's men on 33 points from 18 matches this season, two points back of conference-leaders Toronto FC and a point adrift of second-placed Chicago Fire, though both teams hold a game in hand.

It was the visitors, however, who took an early lead in the Bronx when Christian Ramirez pounced and scored from close range after Eirik Johansen spilled Johan Venegas' dipping drive from 30 yards out.

New York found the equaliser seven minutes before the break -- Alexander Callens collecting what appeared to be a poor touch by Ben Sweat in the box and slotting home from an angle.

Jack Harrison gave NYCFC the lead in the 52nd minute with a header from close range after being left unmarked at the far post.

And David Villa capped a fine display from the home side with a superb solo goal 11 minutes later -- the former Spain international expertly beating a defender on the sideline, cutting inside and firing an unstoppable left-footed shot high into the far corner.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portland Timbers 34 +10 53
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +13 53
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 +1 52
4 Houston Dynamo 34 +12 50
5 Sporting Kansas City 34 +11 49
6 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -21 46
7 FC Dallas 34 0 46
8 Real Salt Lake 34 -6 45
9 Minnesota United FC 34 -23 36
10 Colorado Rapids 34 -20 33
11 LA Galaxy 34 -22 32

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Toronto FC 34 +37 69
2 New York City FC 34 +13 57
3 Chicago Fire 34 +14 55
4 Atlanta United FC 34 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 +4 54
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +6 50
7 New England Revolution 34 -8 45
8 Philadelphia Union 34 +3 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -6 39
10 Orlando City SC 34 -19 39
11 DC United 34 -29 32

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