Metro allows DC comeback in soaked RFK, 2:2
August 21, 2016

2:2
DC United New York
Sarvas
Mullins
Wright-Phillips
Martins
08.21.16 · League

In what is continuing to be a disgusting trend, Metro once again blew a road lead, allowing DC Scum to come back for a 2:2 tie. Metro appeared to be in control after going up two midway through the second half, but, for the third time this summer, a two-goal road lead turned into a tie. The game was played in a soaked, puddled stadium after being delayed for over an hour early in the first half.

After rotating players for the midweek CONCACAF game, Jesse Marsch reverted to the lineup that trumped Montreal a week ago. The game started in a downpour, and had to be delayed nine minutes in after lightning hit outside RFK.

After a 75-minute break, the teams returned to a field that was in a terrible shape. The rain was still falling, puddles appeared on the pitch, the ball stopped in the most inopportune of places. The play was bumpy, to say the least, and Metro was lucky after Patrick Nyarko failed to head in a ball from very close range.

Mike Grella, who have more trouble with footing than most, got it together in the 38th minute. Fooling a DC defender, he sent in a cross to the center of the box that Bradley Wright-Phillips redirected from mid-air into the net.

The rain let off after the break, and the field dried out. In the 64th, Wright-Phillips sent a low ball from the right side of the box that ended with Felipe. The Brazilian's shot from the edge of the penalty area beat Bill Hamid to the short side. Sacha Kljestan's initial pass to BWP went into the books as his 15th assist in league play, a new club record.

Metro was seemingly in control... with the key word being "seemingly". Six minutes later, a bad foul by Kemar Lawrence brought down old friend Lloyd Sam in the box. Marcelo Sarvas converted the PK. Three minutes after, DC kept the ball alive on a corner kick, and Patrick Mullins headed it in to tie the score.

Daniel Royer made his debut off the bench and had a couple of nice runs as Metro held on for the point. Marsch keeps saying that he is not worried about these blown leads... Worried or not, someone should be held responsible, right?

Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Collin, Zubar, Duvall, Davis, Martins, Kljestan, Grella, Muyl, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Royer, Veron.

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