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NYCFC set to host Impact

Jun 12, 2015 - 8:21 PM New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - New York City FC will aim for its second consecutive victory on Saturday when the expansion club returns home to face Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium.

New York entered its inaugural season with sky-high expectations, but things have yet to click into place as the club had won just one match in their first 11 fixtures, but Jason Kreis' team came up with a big result last time out, earning a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

Philadelphia grabbed the lead just minutes into the second half when CJ Sapong struck as a corner kick from Cristian Maidana fell to him 12 yards from goal, allowing the forward to roll home a shot just inside the left post.

The lead lasted just seven minutes, however, as McNamara found space 30 yards from goal to lash a shot into the upper corner, leaving Union goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre with little chance.

Sebastien Le Toux forced a nice diving save from NYC goalkeeper Josh Saunders when his deflected effort was heading toward the bottom corner of the net.

And with three minutes to play Patrick Mullins struck the winning goal as he held off a defender and drove a shot past Sylvestre at his near post.

"It feels good to finally get three points," McNamara said. "We've been working extremely hard. We've been staying together. It feels good for it to finally come together for us."

"Obviously I'm really pleased with the efforts of the guys and the result," Kreis said. "It's like a breath of fresh air around here. We'll look at it for what it is -- a really important three points. Great to get a win away. Great to finally get some points I've felt we've deserved for a long time but we need to keep our feet on the ground. We must look at ourselves in the mirror and know we have a long way to go."

Montreal, meanwhile, comes into the match on a roll, having won four of their last five, including a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium.

Montreal opened the scoring in the 55th minute when Maxim Tissot took advantage of a defensive error by the Columbus defense to put his team in front.

Crew SC forward Kei Kamara sent a header just past the post for the hosts and they chased an equalizer, but Ignacio Piatti set up Andres Romero on the counter attack to double Montreal's lead with 11 minutes to play.

Kamara struck the post in the 90th minute before Federico Higuain pulled one back, but it was only a consolation as the Impact held on to claim their fourth win in five games.

"We beat a very good team tonight. As a team we played a good game," said Impact head coach Frank Klopas. "We had to rotate some players and we are still dealing with injuries. I'm proud of the group's performance."