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NYCFC suspends DC United to extend unbeaten MLS streak

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Valentin Castellanos maintained his brisk goal-scoring pace as New York City FC extended their unbeaten run to six games in MLS with a 2-0 win over hosts DC United in Washington on Wednesday night.

Alexander Callens scored the first goal before Castellanos converted a penalty while NYCFC scored all goals in the first half. Castellanos has scored seven goals this season, all in five games.

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a save for NYCFC (6-3-2, 20 points) who had back-to-back 2-0 victories. He has four consecutive shutouts.

Johnson’s save came in the 76th minute. DC’s Steven Birnbaum charged through the box and headed in a Julian Gressel corner. Johnson reacted just in time by clearing the ball out of the way.

Home goalkeeper Rafael Romo made four saves as United suffered their fourth shutout in MLS this season.

Callens opened the scoring in the sixth minute with his header from a Christopher Gloster corner. Romo got the ball but the shot still went into the net as Callens scored his second goal of the season.

This set piece came from the first corner of the game, although it limited a rush of activity in the opening minutes. In the second minute, DC United’s Brad Smith shot wide of the right post.

Castellanos scored the second goal in injury time of the first half from a penalty. The result was a handball against DC United’s Brendan Hines-Ike.

Castellanos’ penalty came with hesitation, Romo mistyped and had no chance to stop.

Gloster was injured midway through the second half and was replaced by substitute Malte Amundsen.

NYCFC were credited with 12 of the game’s 20 shots.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/18/nycfc-blank-d-c-united-to-extend-unbeaten-mls-streak/ NYCFC suspends DC United to extend unbeaten MLS streak

JOE HERNANDEZ

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