Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Midweek MLS Madness: New York City goes atop the East

Toronto FC 1-1 New York City
New York City came into the night tied for first on points with Montreal. Toronto was playing another home match as they catch up from their massive road trip to start the season. New York City got off to the better start. After Josh Saunders robbed Sebastian Giovinco of a breakaway within ten minutes, Kwadwo Poku's 16th minute shot took s slight deflection and made its way into the net. Toronto would equalize before halftime and, for once, Sebastian Giovinco wasn't involved. A Mo Babouli free kick found Josh Williams, who tapped a pass to a wide open Will Johnson for the 42nd minute tap in goal. Giovinco did have a free kick just before the break, but Saunders dove to get his paws on it before it could do any damage.

Toronto had a few half chances and one great chance to take the lead in the second half. Their best chance game 15 minutes from time when a Giovinco shot was saved and the rebound came straight to Jay Chapman. Saunders was quick to recover though and he kept the game even.

The point moves New York City ahead of Montreal atop the East, but their main contenders all have a game or two in hand, so I don't expect them to keep that place for very long. Toronto is one of those contenders. They are two points back in fourth with a match in hand over them,

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Chicago Fire
This match was midweek MLS at it's finest. Despite Mike Grella's 58th minute goal, last place Chicago was the better team for the rest of the night. They outshot the Red Bulls 14-7 despite having 65-35 possession disadvantage. The only thing that kept Chicago off the board was poor shooting when it mattered the most. They defended well, New York's only shot on target was the goal. Grella's goal was a pretty shot on a transition move that no keeper was going to stop, let alone Sean Johnson. The win puts New York into fifth place and leaves the Fire down in the cellar with only seven points through ten matches.

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