Thursday, April 16, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: New York City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

I just cannot get behind soccer at Yankee Stadium. The pitch is just too damn thin that it clogs up jsut about everything that makes the game beautiful., There isn't room for tiki-taka passing plays. Defenses are too compact for stellar runs on the goal. There isn't nearly enough wide space for a high cross and a header. The sooner NYCFC can get a soccer specific stadium and move out of that glorified ping pong table they set up in Yankee Stadium the better.

As for the match that was played on that surface tonight, it was a pretty even game. NYC was missing Mix Diskerud, who had just played for the USMNT last night in Texas, and David Villa was subbed off at halftime.

The first half was goalless, due in large part to Medhy Ballouchy missing a golden opportunity set up by a sexy back heel from David Villa. Ballouchy made up for that misfortune in the 57th when he netted a perfect shot into the top corner of John McCarthy's goal.

Union would equalize in the 86th when C.J. Sapong took advatage of some sloppy NYC defending. Kwame Watson-Siriobe wandered out of position to try and beat Maurice Edu to a long ball and failed. Edu knocked the ball down to a waiting Sapong who flicked it into the goal to tie the game.

Neither team really had the upper hand at any point, so the 1-1 draw is appropriate.

The draw keeps the two side level on points with six. New York City goes ahead of Union into sixth in the East, however, with their even goal differential to Philadelphia's -3.

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