Coming off a dominant win over D.C. United, New York City F.C. looked to keep their momentum going with a win today over the Montréal Impact.
Manager Patrick Vieira sought continuity, putting out the same starting eleven as last week.
From the start, the Blues controlled the tempo of the game. Time and again, they drove at the Impact goal, trying to stake an early lead and put Montréal on the ropes in the same fashion they did D.C. United.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Jack Harrison missed a golden opportunity in the early minutes of the match; and missed opportunities haunted New York City throughout. Minutes after Harrison skied his sitter, midfielder Alex Ring sent another spectacular chance flying into the seats as well.
So, too, did Andrea Pirlo. David Villa sent a shot just wide of the post. The Blues have played Montréal now seven times; they have never scored before the 30th minute.
Just when it looked like New York City would go into halftime ruing a raft of missed chances, winger Rodney Wallace delivered. Harrison received a long cross-field pass. He then crossed low to Wallace; Wallace then flicked the ball over to Ring, who cannoned a shot at Impact keeper Evan Bush. Bush did well to parry, but the rebound fell to Wallace, who scored to put the Blues ahead 1-0.
However, New York City was unable to capitalize on that lead. They came out slow after halftime, and instead of immediately pressuring the Impact, they were content to slowly build on that lead. In the 68th minute, against the run of play, Montréal’s Patrice Bernier lofted a long pass to forward Dominic Oduro. Oduro chested down the ball, then slotted home the equalizer.
New York City had a couple of dangerous opportunities to snatch a late-game winner, but was unable to do that — instead settling for a 1-1 draw.
The Blues now take two weeks off for the international break. Their next game will be April 1st against the San Jose Earthquakes.