MLS Game Of The Season? Cincinnati And NYCFC Play Out Unreal 4-4 Draw At TQL Stadium
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Brenner completed his first career MLS hat-trick in the 70th minute to help host FC Cincinnati record a 4-4 draw against New York City FC on Wednesday.
Brenner, who also scored in the 24th and 30th minutes, additionally had two apparent goals overturned by video review. He sent a brilliant back-heel kick into the net in the first half. However that was denied after officials deemed the ball crossed the end line prior to the apparent score. He also seemingly scored in the 89th minute, however officials deemed Cincinnati was offside prior to the tally.
BRENNER BACKHEEL NUTMEG GOAL …………… but ruled out, ball just went out of bounds. VAR checks and confirms. No goal. pic.twitter.com/PcFluJDKGu— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) June 30, 2022
Luciano Acosta collected a goal and two assists for Cincinnati (7-7-3, 24 points), who are 0-6-1 in seven all-time matches against NYCFC.
NYCFC's Héber scored twice in first-half stoppage time while Talles Magno and Gabriel Pereira also tallied. Maxi Moralez rebounded after being denied on a penalty kick to notch three assists for NYCFC (8-4-4, 28 points), who are 0-1-1 following a 7-0-2 run.
FC Cincinnati vs. NYCFC Highlights (06/30/2022)
NYCFC played without Valentín Castellanos (illness), Santiago Rodríguez (yellow card accumulation), Anton Tinnerholm (personal), Thiago Martins (high ankle sprain) and Keaton Parks (blood clot in leg). In addition, Maxime Chanot left Wednesday's match after injuring his left leg while sliding into the goalpost.
Cincinnati jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Magno converted from in close in the 45th minute for his fourth goal of the season. Héber halved the deficit with a left-footed shot two minutes later in stoppage time and later added his second of the match and fourth of the season after heading home Moralez's delivery at the back post.
— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) June 30, 2022
Pereira put NYCFC in front in the 52nd minute, capping New York's stretch of four goals in a seven-minute span, after his left-footed shot sailed just inside the left post for his third goal of the season. Brenner, however, forged a tie after his shot from outside the box beat Sean Johnson (five saves) for his fourth goal in his last two matches.
Cincinnati opened the scoring in the 15th minute following a turnover from Johnson. The ball was chipped ahead to Acosta, who sidestepped a defender before providing the proper finish for his sixth goal of the season. Brenner converted a left-footed shot in the 24th minute and boosted FC Cincinnati's lead to 3-0 just six minutes later following a bicycle kick.