Thursday, April 28, 2016

Midweek MLS Madness: Ugly night of 1-1 draws

New York City 1-1 Montreal Impact
Didier Drogba would start consecutive games for the first time all season now that his home games are no longer on turf. Despite his presence, this match was very much a midweek MLS match. It was somewhat sloppy. The chances were sparse. NYC had 19 shots but only put five on target. Montreal managed even less offensively. City's goal came from R.J. Allen in the 51st minute. It came on a counter attack that ended with Thomas McNamara laying off a perfect pass to him in the penalty area for an easy shot. It looked like they would hold on to the one goal win as Montreal's chances kept going awry late in the game. It wasn't until a 91st minute free kick that Didier Drogba played in for the head of Dominic Oduro that Montreal got their equalizer.

New England Revolution 1-1 Portland Timbers
This match was another prime example of why MLS playing midweek games kind of sucks. The entire lifeless first half made this game look like a 0-0 draw in the making. The second half did not start off much better. Each team only managed a pair of shots on target for the entire game, and New England couldn't even score a goal of their own. Portland's goal came first, however, and it was sort of an accident. In the 64th minute shortly after coming on as a sub, Jack Barmby got a volley in the penalty area that he didn't exactly hit well. He hit it bad enough though that it took a high bounce over Bobby Shuttleworth and it floated into the net. Their accidental 1-0 lead almost held for the duration. However an 89th minute cross went in off of Jermaine Taylor for a late own goal equalizer.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City is looking to get off the skid as they head to Western Canada to face a shockingly struggling Vancouver side. In yet another ugly midweek game, Vancouver at least found themselves an early goal. Christian Bolanos booted home a 14th minute corner to put the Caps in front. That would pretty much sum up their attack for the match, though. They only had five shots overall. Sporting Kansas City would collect twice as many, but only put two on target. Thier goal came pretty early, too. It was from Diego Rubio in the 27th minute after an attempted shot petered out right in front of him so he could finish the job. There was a little more excitement in the match though, Kendall Waston was sent off for two yellow cards in the 51st minute. SKC was unable to take advantage of superior manpower and a 1-1 draw was in the cards, much like the other two games.

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