In pictures: NYCFC 2-1 LA Galaxy – Cole sent off as Villa scores decisive goal in 100th appearance

NYCFC 2-1 LA Galaxy – All eyes were on Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening as New York City FC welcomed LA Galaxy for their home opener. Both sides came into the contest following Week 1 victories but it was NYCFC who made it two wins from two, beating LA 2-1 in David Villa’s 100th match for the club.

New York City started brightly and were rewarded when winter signing Anton Tinnerhom rifled a shot in off the crossbar following good work from Jesus Medina and Villa. The Spaniard’s cross was blocked by Michael Ciani but only into the path of Tinnerholm, who volleyed in off the bar after 22 minutes.

NYCFC then doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, as Villa celebrated his 100th NYCFC appearance with a goal. The hosts raced away on a counter-attack led by Jesus Medina. He played in Ben Sweat, who saw his effort saved by David Bingham straight into the path of Villa who simply tapped home.

LA Galaxy improved after halftime and got a goal back on the hour-mark through Jonathan Dos Santos. But they couldn’t get the equaliser despite pressing for most of the second-half.

Their chances took a major blow in the late stages as captain Ashley Cole was sent off for a second yellow card offence for seemingly tripping David Villa. The game ended NYCFC 2-1 LA Galaxy as New York City FC keep their perfect start to the season on track.

Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

NYCFC 2-1 LA Galaxy: In Pictures

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Gallery: Exclusive images from New York City’s 4-0 demolition of DC United on Sunday

New York City put in a dominant display to beat DC United 4-0 in their home opener on Sunday night, with DC left searching for their first goal of the new season after firing another blank.

NYCFC were ruthlessly efficient in and around the DC penalty area, scoring from four of their five shots on target to move up to fourth in the Eastern Conference at this early stage of the season.

David Villa was instrumental in the victory, scoring twice as well as grabbing an assist for Maxi Moralez’s first MLS goal. That all came after Rodney Wallace scored the opening goal just eight minutes in, after Jack Harrison had curled an effort off the crossbar.

DC rallied in the second-half to get back into the game, firing in eight shots at Sean Johnson’s goal, but were unable to get on the board and are left waiting for their first goal of 2017. They will hope to find it when they host Columbus Crew next Saturday.

You can see exclusive images from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Gallery: Exclusive photos from Sunday’s New York Derby as Red Bulls run riot

The third and final Hudson River Derby of the 2016 season took place on Sunday night, with the New York Red Bulls thumping arch rivals New York City FC 4-1 at Red Bull Arena.

The Red Bulls dominated the game from start to finish and raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first 25 minutes thanks to goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Ronald Zubar.

Sacha Kljestan then converted a penalty on 41 minutes to seemingly put the game beyond NYCFC’s reach, until Tommy McNamara fired a stunning strike into the top corner to give the visitors hope just before halftime.

But Patrick Vieira’s men couldn’t build any kind of momentum in the second half, with Wright-Phillips cooly slotting in his second and the Red Bulls’ fourth of the night to seal a fifth derby win from six meetings.

Ethan White was sent off for New York City in the dying embers of the game to cap off a miserable night for the Eastern Conference leaders. The Red Bulls’ win moved them into second, just two points behind their rivals.

Sunday’s clash offered everything you could want from a big rivalry clash. Check out photos from the game below, taken by MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Gallery: Exclusive photos from NYCFC’s draw with Montreal at Yankee Stadium

New York City FC continued their hunt for a first win since opening weekend as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.

NYCFC ended a two-game losing stint with the draw but they are now winless through seven matches – something Patrick Vieira will undoubtedly be concerned about.

RJ Allen put the home side in front shortly after halftime, but a late Dominic Oduro equaliser saw the points shared, moving Montreal to the top of the Eastern Conference.

New York City moved up to eighth place but will be looking to climb higher than that as the season progresses.

Check out exclusive photos from Wednesday’s match below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Gallery: Exclusive photos from the Red Bulls’ comeback win over Orlando City

The New York Red Bulls have endured a tough start to the 2016 season, but they offered fans some hope when they came from behind to beat Orlando City 3-2 on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena.

A very early Cyle Larin goal would have worried supporters but the team battled well in the second-half as a Mike Grella strike was followed by a Bradley Wright-Phillips brace to put the home side in control.

Karl Ouimette scored an unfortunate own goal with six minutes remaining to set up a nervy finish but the Red Bulls secured three important points to move them off the foot of the Eastern Conference and into eighth.

Orlando sit in fourth place but have not won in three now and will need to rediscover their form quickly to stay in contention.

Check out exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Gallery: Exclusive images from the Red Bulls’ dramatic win over Houston

The New York Red Bulls managed to pick up their first points of the season in a thrilling clash with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night, winning 4-3 at Red Bull Arena much to the delight of the home fans.

The Dynamo came into the game in excellent early form and threatened Luis Robles’ goal throughout. They twice led the contest but were eventually beaten by a resilient Red Bulls team.

Will Bruin netted twice for Houston, with Alex scoring the Dynamo’s other goal. But it was New York’s Felipe Martins who stole the headlines as he netted two fine late goals to seal all three points.

Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella netted New York’s first two of the evening. But Felipe’s excellence made the difference in the end. He drew the Red Bulls level in the 77th minute with a curling strike from distance and then went one better with a stunning free-kick six minutes later.

Check out exclusive photos from the game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Gallery: Exclusive images from Orlando’s win over NYCFC on Friday

Orlando City picked up their first win of the 2016 MLS season by earning a narrow 1-0 victory against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

Cyle Larin’s early header settled the game but NYCFC will feel hard done by not to have found the net. Patrick Vieira’s side dominated possession (66%) and created numerous chances (10), but could not find the back of the net.

The defeat is New York City’s first of the season, while Orlando remain unbeaten and moved ahead of their opponents into second place in the Eastern Conference.

Check out exclusive photos from the match below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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Gallery: Exclusive images from Toronto’s surprise win at New York Red Bulls

The 2016 MLS season got off to a flyer on Sunday, with a league-record 36 goals going in on the opening day’s action. The season started in New York, where reigning Supporters’ Shield winners New York Red Bulls took on Toronto FC.

Before the match, the Red Bulls enjoyed their latest Supporters’ Shield banner ceremony before kickoff but were ultimately left disappointed with the outcome of their 2016 opener.

The Red Bulls dominated most of the game but couldn’t find the crucial goal to put them in front. They were punished for that late on as two Toronto strikes in the final ten minutes earned the Canadians an important 2-0 win.

Giovinco slotted away a penalty in the 81st minute after Kemar Lawrence brought down rookie forward Tsubasa Endoh, before Marky Delgado sealed the win with a cool finish in stoppage time.

Check out the exclusive photos from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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