Muyl fuels crushing comeback over Quakes, 4:1
March 16, 2019

4:1
New York San Jose
Muyl 2
Wright-Phillips
Royer
Espinoza
03.16.19 · League

Admit it: at halftime, you wanted to throw in the towel. Metro looked terrible, playing a team that was 50 -- FIFTY! -- points worse than them last year. Down 1:0, but it could have been worse. Being dominated in its home opener, not able to put together a cohesive attack... And then, spurred by Alex Muyl, they turned it on, scoring four times from close range and turning the game into a laugher.

But first things first: changes from the CCL loss saw the insertion of Kyle Duncan on the left for Connor Lade, and Marc Rzatkowski and Vincent Bezecourt in midfield for Omir Fernandez and Alejandro Romero Gamarra. The latter was mysteriously benched.

The Quakes struck just five minutes into the match, abusing Duncan down the left side, with Christian Espinoza converting. The visitors kept running at Duncan for the entire first half, and were unlucky not to have score again. On the other side, Metro looked out of sorts. Muyl, who came in for the injured Florian Valot, had the best chance of the period, but his acute angle blast was blocked by the keeper.

Whatever adjustments Chris Armas made at halftime, worked. Now it was San Jose's time to look inept, as they barely could cross the halfway line. Metro tied it five minutes after the break. A long short from Bradley Wright-Phillips was parried by the keeper, but Daniel Royer pounced on the ball and set a pass across the goalmouth. There it was met by Muyl, who tapped it home from close range.

From that point on, Metro dominated. In the 71st, they elected to play a free kick short. Royer sent a cross into the box that was deflected and met by Muyl, who gave Metro the lead. In the 85th, BWP finally broke his scoring drought by redirecting a Sean Davis cross. In the 90th, it was Royer's turn to slam one on a cross by Michael Murillo in to set the final margin.

When one looks back, the 4:1 scoreline looks like an emphatic victory... Who could have said that after the first half?

Lineup: Robles, Duncan, Long, Parker, Murillo, Davis, Rzatkowski, Bezecourt, Valot, Royer, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Muyl, Jorgensen, Ivan.


 
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