Horror of blown two-goal leads continues, 3:3
September 18, 2016

Toronto New York
Altidore 2
Wright-Phillips 2
09.18.16 · League

The demons have not been exorcised. The script was a tad different this week, but Metro managed to blow yet another two-goal lead, tying Toronto 3:3. Once is an aberration, twice is a problem, thrice is a trend, four times is a disaster, so what does it make five? Five blown two-goal leads in little over two months!

But let's go to the recap. Damien Perrinelle obviously replaced Ronald Zubar, Daniel Royer switched to the left side, as Alex Muyl stepped in on the right.

Twelve minutes in, Metro got the lead off (what else!) a turnover deep in the opponent's end. Felipe took the ball into the box, and his cross was knocked into the net by Steven Beitashour. The lead was doubled in the 31st, when Royer stripped a Toronto defender off the ball, and Bradley Wright-Phillips easily lobbed goalkeeper goalkeeper Alex Bono for the once welcome, but now scary 2:0 lead.

That lead lasted only ten minutes, when ex-Metro Michael Bradley one-timed a cross into the net. At halftime, Jesse Marsch vowed that he can figure it out... and he is a pretty good option, right?

Three minutes after the break, BWP became the first player in league history to score at least 20 goals in two different seasons, when a Metro counter-attack ended with a wide-open Wright-Phillips taking a Sacha Kljestan pass and making it 3:1. A two-goal lead again!

This time, the demise came from the foot of ex-Metro Jozy Altidore. The first came in the 68th, directly off a free kick. The second in the 86th, a seemingly harmless shot that bounced a bit and fooled Luis Robles to the short side. Metro hung on for dear life for the point -- another point, moving its unbeaten streak in league play at 12! But what a lousy, lousy, point it was.

Five times is a catastrophe. Let's hope we don't find out what six is.

Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Collin, Perrinelle, Duvall, Davis, Martins, Kljestan, Royer, Muyl, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Grella, Zizzo, McCarty.

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