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MLS Sunday: NYCFC, Red Bulls Win


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Bronx, NY – In front of 30,374 at Yankee Stadium, Jack Harrison and Khiry Shelton scored two minutes apart late in the second half to lift New York City FC to a 4-1 win over Columbus Crew SC.

The win in the regular season finale clinched second place in the Eastern Conference for NYCFC, which has a bye into the two-legged Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Harrison broke the one-all tie in the 75th minute when he took a short pass from Frank Lampard and blasted a left-footed shot into the net for his fourth goal of the season.

Two minutes later, Harrison played provider, pushing the ball ahead to Shelton, who slipped a low shot inside the far post from the edge of the 18-yard box for his fourth goal of the campaign.

David Villa put the finishing touches on the celebration in second-half stoppage time with a sensational side volley from just outside the 18-yard box for his 23rd goal of the season.

Steven Mendoza scored his fifth goal of the season just before the stroke of halftime, putting a left-footed volley in from eight yards out. A sublime diagonal ball from RJ Allen to David Villa started the sequence. Villa slipped when receiving the cross, but regained his footing and made a run into the box before somehow sneaking a pass through traffic to Mendoza.

Villa nearly made it 2-0 in the 49th minute, but his chip caromed off the far post and came back across the goal line to ricochet off the near post before the ball was cleared. Columbus equalized just before the hour mark when Ola Kamara headed in a cross from Justin Meram.

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