Teenage sensation Clark lifts Red Bulls to a draw against Toronto FC
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MLS MVP candidate Alejandro Pozuelo scored for TFC on a penalty kick in the first half and, more than that, he set up teammate Ayo Akinola a number of times, but Akinola just didn’t have the finish on the night.
TFC held the edge in most of the offensive stats, in total shots (15-10), shots on target (6-4) and possession (56%-44%).
TFC jumped into a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when attacking midfield whiz Pozuelo scored on a penalty kick after New York defender Dru Yearwood deflected an Akinola shot in the box off his arm.
Pozuelo tucked the shot into the right corner of the Red Bulls goal, essentially freezing New York goalkeeper Ryan Meara. It was the Spaniard’s eighth goal of the year to go along with his league-leading 10 assists. He also leads MLS in goal involvements with 18.
Despite the TFC goal and Toronto holding the edge in possession, the Red Bulls were the more dangerous side in the first half with an aggressive press that had the TFC players on their heels early, though Reds midfielder Jonathan Osorio did set Akinola up with a nifty pass in the box which Akinola couldn’t handle for a clear shot. Shortly after that play, and just prior to Pozuelo’s goal, Pablo Piatti forced Meara to make a leaping save.
After the Toronto goal, the Red Bulls kept the pressure on. In the 29th minute, TFC keeper Quentin Westberg made a good diving save off New York midfielder Florian Valot and a minute later, a goal scored by Yearwood was called back on an offside call.