Saturday, May 9, 2015

It Happened in America: Orlando and Colorado snatch late draws

Orlando City 2-2 New England Revolution
It was a thrilling comeback saw the Lions after down 2-0 with less than 20 minutes to play. Charlie Davies slotted home a run after a turnover in the 19th. It was Orlando on the attack from that point on, but they ended up going down further before mounting their true assault. This time it was Kelyn Rowe collecting an awful back header from Rafael Ramos to score on a mostly wide open net. Cyle Larin got Orlando's party started in the 75th when he headed home a cross from Ramos, making up for his earlier error. The equalizer came in the final minute when Aurelien Collin got his head to a Luke Boden cross that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

As a quick side note, the English language announcers on Univision Deportes are... annoying. I understand you are working for a Spanish network and feel the need to give the broadcast that Mexican flavor to it, but you don't have to force out an extended "gooooooooooooaaaall" just because. If the moment warrants a nice, long, drawn out "goal," then by all means go for it. But too many times the calls the action, then, as if he suddenly remembers this is a Spanish language station, he forces out his "goal" in drawn out monotonous fashion. I'd prefer he just describe what happens with an excited tone and let the rest of the moment speak for itself.

Colorado Rapids 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Chris Wodndolowski scored a very Wondo goal when he just kind of showed up right around a shot and juked his attempt past Clint Irwin to give San Jose the lead in the 19th minute. Colorado controlled possession, but took their sweet time finding the leveling goal. It finally came a little over two minutes into second half stoppage time. James Riley was able to get his head to a corner to give Rapids a well deserved point, although they may have deserved more. A minute later, David Bingham had to make a great diving save to preserved San Jose's point. Colorado got a nice transition play going that ended in Dillon Powers forcing the Quakes' keeper into action. On the following corner, Lucas Pittinari's header found the woodwork and the follow up went out harmlessly for a goal kick.

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