Castellanos lifts NYCFC to victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Valentin Castellanos scored twice in the final 14 minutes and New York City FC beat the 10-man Houston Dynamo 3-2 on Thursday night in a match delayed an hour due to weather.

Castellanos tied it at 2 in the 83rd minute with NYC’s first goal from a header this season. It came six minutes after Mauro Manotas gave Houston a lead with a strike from 22-yards out for his ninth goal of the season. Castellanos had another header blocked in stoppage time, but he knocked home the rebound for the winner.

Alexandru Mitrita opened the scoring for New York City (10-4-8) in the 16th with his sixth goal of the season. Juan Cabezas tied it at 1 in the 26th by redirecting Tommy McNamara’s cross at the penalty spot.

Romell Quioto received a straight red card for Houston (9-12-3) in the 29th for an elbow above the shoulders of Ronald Matarrita.

By Paul Wager

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