Nobody does it quite like NYCFC.
Just ask Toronto, who stormed back from 2-0 down at the half to earn a draw at Yankee Stadium in March.
Just ask Montreal, who equalized in the dying moments on an April evening in the Bronx.
Now, enter Orlando City's Kevin Molino.
Yes, as you saw, the soul-crushing goal came thirty seconds beyond the announced three minutes of stoppage time. When you're as bad in the air as NYCFC -- their opening headed goal from Frederic Brillant being the exception that proves the rule -- your opponent doesn't need any more than thirty seconds to embarrass you.
Brillant's opener just before halftime, served up beautifully by caretaker left back RJ Allen, had the home fans feeling like they could do no wrong. Brillant! If he's finding the net, anyone and everyone can, right? And it almost was exactly that. When David Villa flicked a sublime chipshot past a hapless Joe Bendik in the 66th minute, a win felt like a strong probability.
Then, just minutes later, the Blues earned a penalty. Villa stepped up to the spot with a chance to make it 3-0 with twenty minutes to play.
He missed. Mathematically speaking, it ended up costing NYCFC not just the game, but a place at the top of the table, tied on points with Philadelphia.
Julio Baptista cut one back for the Lions in the 72nd. Second-half sub Frank Lampard could have put the game out of reach in the 90th, but his bouncing shot off a slick feed from Stiven Mendoza sprayed just wide of the near post. When stoppage time came, the feeling in Yankee Stadium was probably what it should have been: cautious optimism.
But hey, what are you gonna do?
"We are I think in a bad moment," Villa said after the match, "unlucky or in moments of the game we deserve it more."
Well, then. Time to trade some allocation money for luck.