Video: Manchester City loanee Angelino sets up Frank Lampard in New York City FC win

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The 18-year-old Spaniard provided the assist for his ex-City teammate's opener in NYCFC's 2-1 victory at the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Manchester City loanee Angelino helped keep New York City FC’s faint play-off hopes alive on Saturday night, setting up Frank Lampard’s first-half opener as the MLS expansion side beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 at BC Place.

The 18-year-old Spanish full-back, who joined City’s US-based sister club in July for the rest of the 2015 season, ran onto a through ball from Andrea Pirlo out on the left flank before finding Lampard in the box with a neat cutback pass.

The youngster soon had his second assist in as many games after supplying the cross for David Villa’s headed finish in last weekend’s 3-2 home win over the San Jose Earthquakes, as his former Blues teammates buried the chance to give the visitors a 29th-minute lead.

It was not all smooth sailing for the teenager, however, as he almost cost his side two points in the 88th-minute when he was judged to have fouled Kendall Waston in the box, allowing substitute Pedro Morales to equalise from the spot.

Fortunately for him, though, the drama was not over, as NYCFC themselves earned a penalty in the fifth-minute of stoppage-time when Lampard went down under a challenge from Matias Laba.

Skipper Villa stepped up to provide the finish and spare his compatriot’s blushes in the process, as Jason Kreis’ men held on for a vital road win over the Western Conference leaders.

 Vs Vancouver AssistsKey PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesAccurate CrossesTotal TacklesInterceptionsTotal ClearancesDispossessedMins Played
Angelino 1 1 40 65% 1 1 3 2 4 0 90

The upset victory moves the club within five points of the East’s play-off places going into their last three regular season-games but, with the Montreal Impact having two games in hand over them, unseating their Didier Drogba-powered rivals from the sixth and final spot will prove a tough ask.

Nevertheless, after a difficult start to their inaugural campaign, the team have made big strides forward in recent weeks, thanks in no small part to the form of summer additions like Pirlo, Lampard and the promising Angelino.

Joining fellow City loanee Shay Facey at Yankee Stadium, the pacey defender has so far made 10 starts in 12 MLS appearances and offered the team a much-needed spark on the left hand side of the pitch with his pace, dribbling and crossing skills, while recording four assists.

Coach Kreis is even hoping that he and his fellow defender will be allowed to return to the States for 2016, telling earlier this month: “I would like them to stay. There’s no doubt that from our point of view, from New York City’s point of view, we would like them to stay, no doubt.

“I think they’re both fantastic people and they’re obviously both very, very talented players with a very high level of potential. At the end of the day, when I took this job, one of my goals is to be a part of the development of some special players.”

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