Moralez’s impact was felt almost immediately, serving up the assist on Anton Tinnerholm’s eventual game-winning goal in the 53rd minute.
It was the seventh assist in as many all-time appearances against the Fire for Moralez, who has been sidelined by a nagging calf injury suffered at the MLS is Back Tournament last month.
Tinnerholm took a settling first touch and finished clinically inside the far post to break the stalemate in the 53rd minute.
Keaton Parks opened the scoring in the 16th minute, equalling his goal total from a year ago. The midfielder received the ball in the box from an Alexandru Mitrita service and guided his low shot inside the far post.
Parks paid tribute to “Black Panther” actor Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday, with a “Wakanda Forever” celebration.
A minute later, Alex Ring scored for a second consecutive game off an assist from Tinnerholm to put the game away.
- 16’ — NYC — Keaton Parks | WATCH
- 45’+2’ — CHI — Mauricio Pineda | WATCH
- 53’ — NYC — Anton Tinnerholm | WATCH
- 75’ — NYC — Alex Ring | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: It’s a wonder what back-to-back wins will do for a team. A week ago, the questions around NYCFC were plentiful following a derby defeat to the New York Red Bulls. Now six points from wins over Columbus and Chicago see the Cityzens move from last in the East to just below the playoff line.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: A gaffe here could have changed the game drastically with Collier seeking the tying goal. But Callens clears off the line and moments later Ring scored the clincher.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Moralez’s impact was clearly felt when he came on for the start of the second half, but Tinnerholm was solid throughout, especially in the attacking third with a goal and an assist in the win.