It was honours even between Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls as both sides were desperately seeking a win, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Here are our key takeaways:
1. New York finally stopped the rot.
The Red Bulls had lost three games on the bounce coming in to this fixture and would have been desperate to take anything from the game.
The strike from MLS top goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, made sure that they didn’t suffer a fourth straight defeat, which would have been their most losses in a row since May 2010.
2. It was a game of nearly moments for Sporting Kansas.
There were numerous occasions in the game when Sporting thought they must have scored, only to be denied at the last.
The young right back Igor Juliao burst down the right hand side in the 2nd minute of the game and saw his delicate chip cleared off the line.
Minutes later, New York were spared their blushes by the frame of the goal when a Benny Feilhaber free-kick cannoned back off the crossbar.
Then in the second half, Luis Robles made a great save from Antonio Dovale and denied him of his, and Sporting Kansas City’s second goal, after a fine left footed strike looked for all the world as if it was heading into the back of the net.
Sporting certainly dominated large periods of the game and will be kicking themselves for the fact that they didn’t come away with all three points yet again.
3. Sporting Kansas City can’t buy a win.
Since the comfortable 3-0 win at Montreal Impact on 10th May, they’ve gone on a four game run without a victory.
And in doing so, they have further handed the initiative to New England Revolution who are now four points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference, with a game in hand.
Antonio Dovale put them 1-0 up against New York, and they have lead in both of their last two games only to be pegged back, so they will need to stop giving up points from winning positions.
4. Bradley Wright-Phillips won the ‘Battle of Britain’.
Much attention was drawn to the fact that the two top goalscorers in MLS, both of whom are British, were going up against each other in this game.
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dom Dwyer both went in to the game tied on 10 goals-a-piece for the season so far.
Wright-Phillips was lively all game and was a constant thorn in the side of the make-shift Kansas City defence.
He had a few chances well saved, but importantly tucked away the goal that brings New York that crucial point to stem the flow of recent defeats.
At the other end, but for a headed chance in the second half that sailed over the bar, Dom Dwyer was particularly subdued and didn’t really influence himself on the game too often.
Sporting Kansas will face a tough trip to third-placed DC United on Saturday hoping that they can get the win that has been eluding them over that last few weeks. One thing for certain is that it won’t be easy as DC United haven’t lost on home soil since a 3-0 opening day defeat to Columbus.
New York Red Bulls will hope to build on their first point in four games when they travel to Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution on Sunday 8th June. It promises to be an extremely tough test against an in-form and dangerous New England side who are undefeated in their last seven games, picking up six wins and a draw in that time.
Highlights via MLS on YouTube: