New York City gives Colorado Rapids the opportunity to hold on to a brave draw, the New England mountain comeback

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The top team in the Eastern Conference had to settle for a draw on Sunday as New York City hosted the Western Conference Colorado Rapids to a 1-1 draw at Yankee Stadium.

There was no doubt who was the dominant side on the day as City finished with 66 per cent possession and 16 shots for Rapids’ six, while completing almost double the number of passes (529-271).

Despite their frustration resulting in the smashing of a few teacups, the coach of Colorado was able to get his message across, and raised Michael Barrios’s organization to solid.

The lead would be short-lived, with Talles’ Magno expertly checking a cross on his chest before equalizing less than five minutes later in the 72nd minute.

New York would produce more quality opportunities down the stretch, but the Colorado defense would hold on and take a valuable point away from home, slightly improving their ranking up to ninth in the Western Conference.

City remain one point ahead of the New York Red Bulls at the top of the East, while Atlanta United further down the table convinced 2-0 winners against Inter Miami.

Atlanta was in control throughout the match, taking the lead through a Luiz Araujo attack in the fourth minute, finishing with 60 percent ball possession.

It was Josef Martinez who assisted Araujo’s goal and Araujo returned the service and assisted Martinez in the 61st minute to double United’s advantage and let the home side win.

New England came from a goal that defeated Minnesota United 2-1 at home after the visitors took the lead in the 37th minute through an Emanuel Reynoso penalty.

Minnesota served leaders early with 10 shots against one in the first half, and all five of the game’s shots on goal.

It all turned upside down in the second half as New England were able to produce 10 shots compared to United’s three, with 20-year-old Dylan Borrero equalizing in the 53rd minute before Gustavo Bou scored a stunning free-kick winner in the 69th.

The rounding off of Sunday’s action was a surprising result as the team with the worst goal difference in the league – Sporting KC (minus 14) – defeated Nashville SC 2-1 on the road.

In a tough, defensive match, neither side finished with more than 0.80 expected goals, but it would be the visitors who were more clinical with their two goals, both of which came far outside the penalty area.

Felipe Hernandez scored the first goal of the game with an indirect free kick from close to 40 yards out as the jump hit the Nashville goalkeeper before Graham Zusi curled up into the far post with his left boot. Sporting KC finished with 0.35 expected goals.





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