Colorado and NYCFC draw 1-1 in comeback at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK, NY- In a return to Yankee Stadium with Nick Cushing now in charge in the Bronx, Colorado and NYCFC draw 1-1 with a second-half goal for each team as the two clubs met for the first time since 2019 .

Everything is calm during the first half

NYCFC would trigger the first chance of the night in the 8th minute as Alexander Callens played a ball for Talles Magno which the Brazilian chased and pushed down the wing. With a step into the box and a short chipped cross from Magno, a header from Maxi Moralez would be hit directly at Colorado keeper William Yarbrough for a simple save.

Apart from a potential penalty for NYCFC canceled by VAR in the 11th minute, things calmed down until the 35th minute when Nicolás Acevedo found Talles Magno working on the wing again. After a few touches from Magno well defended by Lalas Abubakar, a slid pass in the top of the box would find a Taty Castellanos breaking for a shot that missed the bar to keep the score level.

Colorado earned the last half-time opportunity in the 40th minute with Lucas Esteves and Bryan Acosta playing back and forth at the edge of the box to create room for a cross. But with the pass hit low and hard in front of goal and into a mass of NYCFC defenders and Colorado forwards, the initial cross would be obliterated with Gyasi Zardes inches from the ball.

Colorado and NYCFC draw 1-1

The opening chance of the second half would come in the 64th minute with NYCFC winning a corner which would be taken by Santiago Rodríguez. Hitting the ball close to the post, Rodríguez picked up Alfredo Morales for a header attempt just wide of the goal and into the side netting.

Colorado would follow that up with a 68th-minute counterattack as Michael Barrios received the ball on the run and between two New York defenders. Dribbling around Callens and pushing for a goal, Thiago Martins couldn’t recover, leaving Barrios to ride home and take the Rapids a 1-0 lead.

However, it didn’t take long for NYCFC to respond as they found themselves on the attack again in the 71st minute with Moralez dribbling the ball past some Colorado players to create space. Deep in midfield, Moralez would find that space to float a cross into the box for two running NYCFC forwards. But it would be Magno who would settle the ball with his chest before a single volley slammed past Yarbrough made it 1-1.

The last big opportunity of the game would come from NYCFC in the 79th minute with a deflected pass from Colorado rolling at the feet of Moralez. With a touch and pass over Colorado’s defensive line, Moralez would pick Castellanos standing just wide with the perfect run. But in a one-on-one with Yarbrough, Castellanos couldn’t volley on target and put the ball wide of the goal to keep it 1-1.

Last word: NYCFC undefeated in last 9 league matches

Despite losing Ronny Deila, Nick Cushing stepped in and did an admirable job for NYCFC who performed well and arguably deserved more than just a draw. However, credit goes to Colorado who kept perhaps the hottest team in MLS off the scoreboard for almost 75 minutes and we are able to take the lead for a short time while playing the game. ‘outside.

I was certainly looking to see more offensive production from New York, but for a first game back from the international break under a new head coach, it was a great start. Particularly for Talles Magno who stood out almost every time he had the ball earning player of the match honors for his volley to the chest but also for his dominant attacking play and creating chances for his teammates.

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