Inept Metro ties toothless RSL, 0:0
March 25, 2017
Something is rotten in, er... Harrison. The offense that last year looked unstoppable can't place a shot on goal. The supposed home field dominance is rendered moot. A shorthanded, awful visitor who just fired its coach manages to escape with a draw. Er...
Kemar Lawrence returned to his usual spot for Justin Bilyeu. Connor Lade appeared for the first time this season, as Sal Zizzo was benched. Sacha Kljestan's USA absence meant that Alex Muyl started, and Tyler Adams got league minutes for just the second time at the expense of Sean Davis.
An incredible sequence happened just eight minutes into the match, when Felipe decided to play a corner kick short... only there was no one there to receive it. The ball trickled all the way to the Metro end, where RSL looked destined to score. Thankfully, the first shot clanged off the post, and the follow-up was cleared off the line by Adams.
Metro's failed to record a shot on goal in the first half; its best chance came off a Bradley Wright-Phillips header that missed high. The home team didn't force RSL's backup goalkeeper to make a save until midway through the second, when Fredrik Gulbrandsen's nifty moves ended with a shot that was parried away.
BWP looked to have beaten the offside trap late, rounding the goalkeeper, but, sadly, a RSL defender caught up and cleared the ball out. Metro failed to create any late fireworks otherwise, as, once again, penetrating the box seemed to be a major problem. Luis Robles and the defense weren't strained much, as the visitors were content to leave with a point... and a point they got.
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Perrinelle, Lade, Adams, Martins, Muyl, Royer, Gulbrandsen, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Zizzo, Davis.