League-leading Toronto FC extended their unbeaten streak to eight games on Wednesday night with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls at their temporary home of Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Reds dominated the early part of the match, and Alejandro Pozuelo nearly found the back of the net on multiple occasions, none closer than when he forced a save out of Ryan Meara in the 8th minute.
The Spaniard, frustrated by his earlier misses, would find what he was looking for in the 23rd minute.
After the referee awarded Toronto a penalty following a handball, Pozuelo stepped up and slotted his shot into the bottom-right corner of the goal, giving his side the lead.
Toronto continued to play attractive football for the rest of the half, but weren’t able to increase their advantage. Likewise, the Red Bulls had a couple of good chances, but other than a disallowed goal toward the end of the half, failed to make their chances count.
The Reds weren’t as dominant in the second half, and in the 77th minute, a moment of magic from teenager Caden Clark tied it up at 1-1.
A product of the Barcelona Academy in Arizona, Clark signed with the Red Bulls this past weekend, and scored on his debut against Atlanta. He doubled his tally on Wednesday night, firing a perfect shot into the top left corner. Quentin Westberg dived for it, but had no chance, and New York was equal.
Both teams pushed for a winner, but were unable to find a goal, and the match would end at 1-1. It extends Toronto FC’s unbeaten streak to eight games, and keeps them atop the Eastern Conference for another week.
The draw means TFC’s winning streak stops at five, but dating back to last season, the club has now lost just two of their last 27 MLS matches(!). Toronto FC are back at “home” on Sunday for a game against Atlanta United. That one kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and as always, we’ll have all of your coverage here. Stay tuned for the full match highlights.