NYCFC Rue Missed Chances in Draw with Montreal

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Bronx, N.Y. – Missed chances were key for NYCFC as they draw 1-1 with the Montreal Impact on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. This after a scoring outburst last week against DC United, leaves NYCFC with only four points from their first three games despite dominating key statistics in all three performances.

The first half was marked with missed opportunities for the home team starting in the third minute. Rodney Wallace continued to look exceptionally dangerous on the wings, this time pressing the Impact defense into a turnover on the touchline. Jack Harrison was the receiver of Wallace’s hard work but missed an open net.

From there the offense kept creating opportunities as David Villa would find his effort blocked in the box and Ring would also miss an open net. The half would be salvaged as Rodney Wallace buried a rebound following an Alexander Ring attempt in the 44th minute, his second of the season. Heading into the locker room New York appeared poised to press on but emerged with less energy than the opposition and would suffer for it.

Montreal equalized in the 68th minute when Patrice Bernier found Dominic Oduro’s feet with a cross that split the NYCFC defense. It was the culmination of a higher energy half by Montreal who appeared far more dangerous on the counter attack than they did during the first 45 minutes. Once again, NYCFC would rue missed chances as Maxi Moralez put a ball wide of the net on an odd-man counter attack.

NYCFC will have some time to regroup as they have an off-week for international play before returning against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 1st.

STARTING XI:

NYCFC: Johnson; Matarrita, Callens, Chanot, White; Moralez, Pirlo, Ring; Wallace (’84 McNamara), Villa, Harrison (’80 Lewis)

Montreal Impact: Bush; Oyongo, Ciman, Cabrera, Duvall; Bernadello, Mallace (’73 Arregui); Piatti (’90 Jackson-Hamel), Bernier, Oduro; Mancosu (’89 Lovitz)

GOALS:

’44 (NYCFC) Rodney Wallace (2) unassisted
’68 (Montreal Impact): Dominic Oduro (1) assisted by Patrice Bernier (3)

DISCIPLINE:

’57 (Montreal Impact): YELLOW CARD Hernan Bernadello
’86 (NYCFC) YELLOW CARD Maxime Chanot