It was a midweek start for week 28 of the 2019 MLS season with NYCFC and Toronto drawing 1-1 at Yankee Stadium. Alexandru Mitrita scored for NYCFC in the 6th minute with Alejandro Pozuelo equalizing from the penalty spot in the 40th. Toronto had the lead on shots on goal 5 to 1.
Houston shutout Minnesota 2-0 at home. Mauro Manotas opened the scoring in the 37th and assisted on Christian Ramirez's goal in the 44th minute. Joe Willis made four saves to keep the clean sheet.
Colorado beat the LA Galaxy 2-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Cole Bassett scored for the Rapids in the 79th minute with Giancarlo Gonzalez equalizing in the 82nd. Nicolas Mezquida converted an 85th minute penalty for the Colorado win.
"Disappointing start for us," Minnesota midfielder Ethan Finlay said. "Disappointing first 45 minutes and uncharacteristic. It’s all I can say. Very disappointed group in there, individually. I can only speak for myself. It just wasn't good enough. Came off personally flat and I think there was a handful of guys that you know had the same thing. Maybe some heavy legs but we are not going to sit here and use excuses."
The Wednesday schedule concluded at Rio Tinto Stadium with Real Salt Lake shutting out the Earthquakes 1-0. Damir Kreilach scored the game's only goal in the 75th minute. RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando made three saves to keep the clean sheet.
"The game was a mixed bag," San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski said. "I thought there was some really good combination play, especially on the flanks and getting it in. But I think we kind of missed that final pass. Also, there were a couple of times to pull the trigger and take a shot or get it on frame, and we didn't quite do that or do it in a timely manner. I thought that we played a little bit too slow at times, and the pace kind of hurt us sometimes."
"I think it was a big opportunity to gain some points, but we obviously lost," LA forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic said. "I see us in the same situation as last season where we needed to win the last five or six games. We need to win these next games to get into the playoffs, but I think it will be very difficult because when teams play us they have to give 200%. But, we need to be better than what we are."
MLSsoccer's Matthew Doyle with his points from the USMNT's September friendlies. SBI Soccer's Ives Galarcep looks at the USMNT after the draw with Uruguay. ESPN's Noah Davis on USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter's tactics and overall strategy.
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