For 56 minutes, New York City bent and bowed. The New York Red Bulls ran riot. They dominated possession by over 60% at points, laying unremitting siege to the Blues’ defense. It seemed as if it were only a matter of when, not if, the Red Bulls would take the lead.
One scintillating counterattack later, New York City led 1-0, and the Red Bulls were scuffing the Red Bull Arena field in frustration at all their missed chances. And that was the story of this game -- a raft of missed chances on their end, costing them precious points in their playoff chase.
Off one of their several defensive stands, New York City launched a counter. Unlike earlier ones, the Blues managed to hang on to the ball, and break the suffocating Red Bulls press. Off a fantastic layoff by David Villa, Maxi Moralez was able to bundle the ball into goal for his fourth of the year.
The Red Bulls managed to draw level in the 70th minute off a penalty kick by substitute Gonzalo Veron. Despite the game opening up, the game stayed at level pegging until the end.
With the draw, the Blues are now six points off Toronto’s pace — but lead third-place Chicago by six, as well. It was a well-earned point, especially considering the massive pressure that the Red Bulls brought to bear.
Next up for the Blues: a Wednesday night home tilt against Sporting Kansas City, who have the best defense in the league.