A draw. The Black-and-Red left Montreal last night with one point after a hard earned draw, the difference in this game versus the Red Bulls is that they didn’t have to rally. The equalizer came off a failed clearance attempt, something that they’ve struggled with at times all season. Still, the visitors would go up in the standings with Toronto beating Orlando City last night. Last night’s result also means that D.C. United will continue it’s unbeaten streak.
Lamar Neagle put D.C. United ahead in the first half courtesy of a penalty kick that was drawn by Patrick Nyarko. The pk was well taken as the keeper had no chance, Neagle didn’t give any clues as to where he was aiming prior to striking the ball as the keeper went sprawling in the opposite direction.
The home side got the equalizer in the 77th minute after Neagle struggled to clear the ball. Marco Donadel won possession and lofted a soft pass across the box in which Hassoun Camara finished with a brilliant header to the far post.
Ben Olsen showed great trust in the depth of his team as there seven different starters from their match against the Red Bulls. The Black-and-Red have a busy week as they played on Sunday, now Wednesday and host Chicago on Saturday.
Hamid. He continues to be super human, even if he did get beat once. Making several point blank saves, the first that comes to mind is stoning Didier Drogba after Taylor Kemp mistimed his jump. Also making a ridiculous one hand save on a header from just six yards out, he was playing the shot for the far post and was leaning that way, yet was able to spring to the near post upon shifting his momentum to get a hand on the shot attempt. For a team that struggles to score, he’s relied on heavily and answers the bell regularly in tough situations.
Rob Vincent. For the second time this year, he stepped in the role of Marcelo Sarvas and played a good match. We spoke to him the last time he did this and he stated that he’s very comfortable in that role as he’s played it most of his life (prior to MLS). He’s a little different from Marcelo in the way he goes about his business, but definitely effective. Rob also delivered several quality balls out to the flanks throughout the night.
First start. Rookie Julian Buscher received his first career MLS start last night in central midfield. He played a solid match in the middle and was active in defending. He definitely seems more comfortable out there, sticking his nose in different spots to try and win the ball. That experience showing a little at times now as well, stopping or pulling the ball back to hit players making runs and generally not being in a rush anymore.
Finishing. There were several chances on the night, but the Black-and-Red couldn’t capitalize. Kennedy Igboananike started up front and played 79 minutes. He’s yet to really show what he can do, he’s very active up front but doesn’t have the size of Mullins or Kamara and at times it doesn’t seem as if his teammates keep that in mind. I definitely feel he could have had more chances if given better service, that’s where Luciano Acosta’s absence hurt. Still the team created a few quality chances, they have to continue working on their finishing.
Little things. That’s usually what hurts this team, the fine details. Not using an extra touch, moving the ball quicker and especially poor clearances. It wasn’t the usual starting 11 out there last night, but this applies to them as well. They have to buckle down and take care of those little details, it’s been the differences in draws, losses, and definitely wins.