Tajouri-Shradi knocked the match winner home just before the second half timeout, Alfredo Morales giving Jesus Medina a corner kick. The Libyan forward was left unmarked at the far post, giving the Cityzens three points ahead of the June international window.
The NYCFC faced a tough task just before, after midfielder Nicolas Acevedo was sent off in the 86th minute. Acevedo tackled LAFC’s Latif Blessing from behind and received a red card, leaving NYCFC in yard mode before the decisive free kick.
Ahead of the late drama, LAFC opened the scoring in the 56th minute thanks to Corey Baird, the forward slapping at the back post after Mark-Anthony Kaye’s cross crossed the six-yard box. The midfielder’s pass was deflected by center-back Alexander Callens’ lunge challenge, catching the visitor’s defense off guard.
But the NYCFC equalized in the 70th minute, with Medina continuing his impressive early-season form via a left-footed curler that extended past goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega and made it 1-1. A capricious pass from LAFC came to NYCFC right-back Anton Tinnerholm after high pressure, and he quickly found the Paraguayan forward in the center for the equalizer.
Brazilian youth international forward Talles Magno made his NYCFC debut in the 67th minute, replacing 10 days after being officially signed by Vasco da Gama. He was then sidelined in the 90th minute for center-back Sebastien Ibeagha, a tactical decision after Acevedo’s red card.