Valentin Castellanos converted a 60th-minute penalty to allow New York City FC to win 2-1 over FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
Castellanos upset FC Cincinnati’s Geoff Cameron while retaining possession in the box. Cameron, in turn, became aggressive and fouled in preparing the penalty for Castellanos, who made no mistakes en route to scoring his 12th goal of the season, the team leader.
Keaton Parks scored in the 37th minute and Sean Johnson finished with two saves for NYCFC (11-8-5, 38 points), which improved to 6-0-0 against FC Cincinnati.
NYCFC, which won a 5-0 victory over FC Cincinnati on April 24, is tied for third place with Orlando City SC in the Eastern Conference.
Brenner of FC Cincinnati scored in the fourth minute for his franchise-best seventh goal of the season. Allan Cruz set the record with seven goals in the club’s 2019 expansion season.
Przemyslaw Tyton made two saves for FC Cincinnati (4-12-8, 20 points), who finished with nine men after Alvaro Barreal and Isaac Atanga received red cards late in the second half.
FC Cincinnati fled the blocks as Atanga threw a ball over that was poorly played by NYCFC defenseman Maxime Chanot. Brenner skillfully used a half volley to settle the ball before beating Johnson.
Parks drew in the 37th minute after leading Gudmundur Thorarinsson’s cross into the lower right corner of the net. The goal was Parks’ fourth of the season.
Brenner appeared to give FC Cincinnati a 2-1 lead after cleaning up his own rebound in the 54th minute, but officials ruled the game offside.