NYCFC's Alexandru Mitrita may have scored the best goal of the 2019 MLS preseason.
The newest star signing for the Cityzens netted a spectacular second goal in NYCFC's 2-0 win over future MLS expansion side Nashville SC in front of a rain-drenched 5,384 fans at First Tennessee Park on Friday night.
⚽️🚀🇷🇴— New York City FC (@NYCFC) February 23, 2019
Welcome to America, Alexandru Mitriță 🗽 pic.twitter.com/4PUsPF0DTr
Now compare that goal to his first preseason strike in Abu Dhabi against Swedish side AIK and it would seem that Mitrita has a penchant for the spectacular:
The Romanian striker will get to show off his skills in official competition in a week's time when the 2019 MLS regular season kicks off. NYCFC will travel to face Orlando City SC in Week 1 on Saturday, March 2 (2:30 pm ET) in a nationally televised match (Univision) also streamed live on Twitter.
NYCFC boss Domenec Torrent fielded a first-choice starting XI against Nashville SC with all three Designated Players -- Maxi Moralez, Jesus Medina and Mitrita -- starting together for the first time. Moralez opened the scoring on a penalty kick and Mitrita sealed the result just before halftime.
- 28’ — NYC — Maxi Moralez (PK)
- 40’ — NYC — Alexandru Mitrita
NYCFC Lineup (4-3-3): Sean Johnson -- Ben Sweat (Tony Rocha 74'), Alexander Callens (Sebastien Ibeagha 68'), Maxime Chanot, Anton Tinnerholm (Joe Scally 83') -- Alex Ring, Ebenezer Ofori, Maxi Moralez -- Jonathan Lewis (Valentin Castellanos 59'), Alexandru Mitriță (James Sands 78'), Jesus Medina (Ismael Tajouri-Shradi 78')
Subs: Jeff Caldwell (GK), Brad Stuver (GK), Luis Barraza (GK), Juan Pablo Torres, Daniel Bedoya, Keaton Parks, Justin Haak, Abdi Mohamed
Nashville SC: Matt Pickens (Connor Sparrow 62') -- Kosuke Kimura (Vinnie Vermeer 62'), Ken Tribbett (Justin Davis 62'), Liam Doyle, Taylor Washington (Bradley Bourgeois 62') -- Michael Reed (Lebo Moloto 62'), Bolu Akinyode (Daniel Rios 45'), Alan Winn (Tucker Hume 62'), Matt LaGrassa (Genki Miyachi 83') -- Cameron Lancaster (Ropapa Mensah 62'), Kharlton Belmar (Darnell King 62')