It was right there, New York City FC‘s three points and an end to it’s six game winless skid. After Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact, the streak has now risen to seven games with the boys in blue still searching for a home win.
With a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of stoppage time in the match, NYCFC gave a free kick 10 yards outside of the box on the left side. Chelsea legend Didier Drogba placed a cross in the box where NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders thought it was going in his hands.
Little did he know, Dominic Oduro snuck up behind him and headed the ball in the back of the net. With a speechless NYCFC squad and a silent Yankee Stadium, there was no time to recover from the goal.
Throughout the whole match, NYCFC seemed to have control, even playing on its narrow pitch. Patrick Vieira opted to stay with his 4-3-3 formation, but switched it around again. His back was the same as last week’s against the Philadelphia Union with the exception of RJ Allen who got the starting nod and rightly so.
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The right back made his first season start and second season appearance with a sense of urgency. Along with club captain David Villa, Allen did everything possible to make a difference and in the 51st minute he did exactly that.
Moving up the field quick, Allen gave a quick side pass to Khiry Shelton who then swerved the ball in the box to Thomas McNamara, with a quick touch back, Allen found the ball at his feet and buried the ball in. That goal gave his club the 1-0 lead and his first ever professional goal.
NYCFC had its chances again, especially coming from Villa who did pretty much anything to grab a goal. After replacing Andrea Pirlo in the 77th minute, Mix Diskerud had a chance to be the hero in the final seconds of the game. Having the at his feet and a wide open space in the box, Mix bobbled the shot and flicked it Evan Bush‘s hands.
Against a strong Impact side, the boys in blue did everything they could and with the run their in now, it could’ve gone worse. Nevertheless, NYCFC has yet to grab a win at home and in the month of April for that matter.
Sitting in eighth place with seven points, their next chance to grab a win at home comes in three days when they square off against the Vancouver Whitecaps. They must take advantage of their home turf as they hit the road for the next three games after Saturday.