It looked like New York City FC was going to get all three points until Dominique Badji struck again with a late goal for the Colorado Rapids. The Colorado side started slow, but NYCFC wasn’t able to take advantage of it with more than one goal. As the Rapids gained momentum they were able to get more shots and eventually got one past NYC goalkeeper Sean Johnson to end the night with a point.
Badji got the first shot of the game in the 14th minute, but Tommy McNamara and NYCFC got the first goal a few minutes later to put the Boys in Blue up 1-0. NYCFC had another frightening opportunity with a free kick from Andrea Pirlo that hit the crossbar. Luckily, the Rapids were able to clear it and run it down the field but were unable to do anything with it.
NYC wasn’t necessarily playing aggressively in the first half, but kept up with the quick passing and Colorado was just running in circles chasing the ball. In the beginning of the half, the Rapids weren’t able to hold onto the ball when they did get possession, but that improved somewhat as the half went on. Possession was about 80/20% for NYCFC for awhile, but at the end of the half it was still 66/34% in favor of the visitors.
As expected, there were no subs at halftime. Both teams came out strong and wanted the ball. The most exciting thing to happen in the second half was when Stefan Aigner and Shkelzen Gashi subbed in the 65th minute. Almost right away, Aigner got a shot into the side netting.
The Rapids defense did do a good job of keeping pace and stepping in front of David Villa once he subbed in and didn’t allow him to really do much of anything.
Johnson had to make a couple good saves and was able to keep the Rapids off the board until Badji stole the ball, dribbled in, and went far post. The game was tied up 1-1 going into stoppage time.
When it was all said and done, the Rapids got out with a point thanks to another late goal from Badji.
There was also some potentially exciting news about the Rapids’ head coach search: