New York City FC squandered opportunity after opportunity to put away the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Shot after shot went wide of the mark as NYCFC failed to properly seal what should have been a runaway home win.
Eventually, the Impact made NYCFC pay for their missteps, stealing a hard-fought point at Yankee Stadium.
Dominic Oduro cancelled out Rodney Wallace’s first half opener, earning the Impact a 1-1 draw on Saturday in the Bronx. The draw sees NYCFC earn the club’s fourth point from three matches while the Impact grab their second of the season.
Following 43 minutes of near-misses and close calls, Wallace finally fired NYCFC to a well-deserved lead just moments before the halftime whistle. After setting up fellow NYCFC newcomer Alexander Ring for a shot from the center of the box, Wallace pounced on the ensuing rebound of an Evan Bush save, firing home with a left-footed shot to give NYCFC the lead.
NYCFC controlled a bulk of the play in the aftermath of Wallace’s goal, but, after squandering several chances, the hosts were finally punished by Oduro. The Impact speedster broke free on a chipped through ball from Patrice Bernier. After chesting the pass down, Oduro tapped a shot past Sean Johnson, leveling the game at one apiece.
Wallace’s first half goal was nearly followed up by a quick response from the visitors, who hit the post on the sequence following kickoff. It served as a representation of a first half loaded with missed chances. Just three minutes in Jack Harrison fired a shot over the bar while Ring did the same midway through the first half. Even David Villa was uncharacteristically off target, as he missed a 27th minute effort.
The second half remained generally quiet as both teams battled the wind. In the 65th, Maxi Moralez finally broke through on a pass from Wallace, but the Argentinian’s shot fluttered just wide of the post. Moments later, Oduro fired the equalizer, earning the Impact a road point.
NYCFC had one final chance late, but Tommy McNamara’s header from close range was pushed over the bar just moments before the final whistle.
Following the international break, NYCFC returns to MLS play April 1 against the San Jose Earthquakes while the Impact visit the Chicago Fire that same day.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Even without the goal, Rodney Wallace was easily NYCFC’s most dangerous player throughout Saturday’s match. The Costa Rican fired a series of dangerous crosses, but it was his goal that served as the highlight of yet another impressive effort.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The Impact never looked very dangerous in Saturday’s match, but one moment of magic from Patrice Bernier and Dominic Oduro turned the tide in a major way. Bernier’s ball over the top was flawless, finding Oduro in space for an equalizing finish.
MATCH TO FORGET
Oduro’s equalizing goal was obviously a major moment, but it was Maxi Moralez’s miss on the other end just several minutes prior that served as a turning point. Moralez, like several of his teammates did before him, squandered a chance to put the game away as NYCFC slumped to just one point.