Álvaro Barreal scored two objectives, Luciano Acosta added a purpose and an help Sunday evening, and Cincinnati beat the New York Pink Bulls 3-0 in Match 1 of their best-of-3 first-round collection within the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Cincinnati can clinch a berth within the convention semifinals with a win in Match 2 on Saturday at Pink Bulls Enviornment.
Barreal ran onto a perfectly-placed by means of ball, performed by Junior Moreno, on the nook of the 6-yard field and bent a one-touch shot contained in the far put up to present Cincinnati a 1-0 lead within the twenty third minute.
Acosta – whose 17 objectives and 19 assists within the common season have been tied for second and fourth, respectively, within the MLS – scored from close to midfield to make it 2-0 within the thirty fifth. Obinna Nwobodo performed a high-arcing clearance and Pink Bulls defender Andrés Reyes tried to go it again to goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, who gained a foot-race with Cincinnati’s Dominique Badji to momentarily cease the counter-attack. Coronel slid as he kicked the ball again towards midfield the place Acosta chipped it into an open web from the close to fringe of the middle circle.
Barreal, who recorded his first multi-goal recreation in MLS, capped the scoring within the 89th minute.
Roman Celentano, whose 12 shutouts within the common season have been second most in MLS (Seattle‘s Stefan Frei, 14), had 5 saves for his first profession playoff clear sheet.
The Pink Bulls have misplaced six consecutive highway playoff video games, relationship to 2018.
Cincinnati, the Supporter’s Protect champions, is 18-0-4 this season when scoring first.