Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – After a hard-fought match, the Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls settled for a 2-2 draw Saturday at Olympic Stadium.
With the draw, both teams remain winless after five games and now languishing in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings with New York carrying a 0-1-4 mark and Montreal sporting a 0-3-2 record.
Andres Romero struck in just the fifth minute on a play that began when former Red Bull defender Heath Pearce found Felipe in a pocket of space in midfield.
The Brazilian slipped the ball behind the New York back line for Romero, who curled it in off the far post past goalkeeper Luis Robles for a 1-0 Montreal lead.
From there, the Impact had several scoring opportunities but Robles was there to stop attempts by Marco Di Vaio, Felipe and Justin Mapp.
The Red Bulls tied the mark in the 31st minute when Kosuke Kimura found Lloyd Sam isolated one against former teammate Pearce.
Sam then found the onrushing Jonny Steele, who deftly volleyed the ball into an empty net. The play produced Sam’s third assist in five games this season, and he has set up half of New York’s six goals.
New York took the lead three minutes later, as Di Vaio gave the ball away in midfield to Steele, who swiftly put Péguy Luyindula through on goal. The Frenchman made no mistake, powering his shot past Perkins to suddenly make it 2-1.
Robles had several key saves in the second half failed to stop the game-tying goal in the 59th minute. Felipe hit a backspin pass to the right corner and continued into the box, where the 5-foot-8 Brazilian timed his run perfectly to nod home a Mapp cross.
New York and Montreal will continue their quest for points next week, as the Impact face the Chicago Fire at Olympic Stadium Saturday. The Red Bulls play D.C. United the same day.