New-look Fire fall to New York City FC in opener

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Jason Hernandez of New York City FC pulls on the jersey of the Fire’s Gilberto on Sunday at Toyota Park. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Mix Diskerud scored the eventual game winner in the 63rd minute, and New York City FC beat the Fire 4-3 on Sunday at Toyota Park in a wild affair in the Major League Soccer season opener for both teams

NYCFC’s Thomas McNamara scored the first goal in spectacular fashion in the 10th minute, taking a feed from Khiry Shelton at the top of the penalty area and curling it into the upper corner. Nine minutes later, Fire midfielder Razvan Cocis evened it on a brilliant run. Tony Taylor and Shelton added goals to give NYCFC a 3-1 advantage at the break.

After intermission, the Fire’s Kennedy Igboananike scored off a turnover and pass from David Accam in the 49th minute. But Diskerud restored the two-goal lead in the 63rd, beating Matt Lampson near-post.

Accam wrapped up the scoring on a penalty kick after a hand ball on Shelton.

Nine players made their Fire debuts, the most in a single game since the team’s expansion season in 1998.

“This is just the beginning of our philosophy — even though we lost, we wanted to do more,’’ Accam said. ‘‘These young players will learn and will hopefully improve for the next games.’’

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