Saturday, May 16, 2015

It Happened in America: Chicgo blows a lead, Dallas and Red Bulls can't score

New York City 2-2 Chicago Fire
Things didn't start off so well for New York. Chicago scored both their goals in the first half hour. The Fire thought they had the lead after only seven minutes when Shaun Maloney slid a shot home on a through ball, but he was called offside. Chicago did take the lead before a quarter hour had been played. Razvan Cocis converted a floating header off a free kick just after the clock stuck 13 minutes. Things got worse for NYC in the 27th minute.  David Accam was through on goal and the only thing keeping him from scoring was a sliding tackle from RJ Allen. Allen was sent off for the "tactical foul" as MLS calls it. I call it hacking out a guy's legs when he is on a breakaway. Regardless of the semantics,  Jeff Larentowicz converted the ensuing penalty to put the Fire up 2-0 before the half hour mark.

City would pull one back seconds before the halftime whistle. Sean Johnson saved the original shot from David Villa from outside the box, but no Chicago defender was able to account for Medhi Ballouchy screaming in to bury the rebound.

The score would remain tied until second half stoppage time. Khiry Shelton salvaged a point for New York City with a well placed shot from around the penatly spot. For holding a one goal lead in stoppage time, Chicago was allowing far too much space in the penalty area. It didn't take much for Shelton to take advantage of that situation.

FC Dallas 0-0 New York Red Bulls
90 minutes failed to seperate these two sides, but it was one of the better scoreless draws you will see, particularly in the second half. As the action wound down, both teams started going for broke in their attempts to score. Michael Barrios had the first golden chance in the 72nd minute when his shot got beyond Luis Robles only to have Felipe clear the ball off the line. Fabian Castillo had a shot minutes later that sailed just north of the crossbar. Red Bulls pressured a bit as full time neared, but had to settle for close calls instead of goals.

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