Sporting started off aggressive and dominant on the offensive end except they were not able to put anything in the back of the net. Sporting tried to isolate Johnny Russell on his defender so he could take him on one-on-one. The strategy worked to get Sporting opportunities but not so much for scoring.
In the ninth minute, Graham Zuni passed from deep in his own territory to Johnny Russell on the right wing in New York’s end of the field. Russell was able to dribble past defenders into the middle of the box and get a good look on goal but put the ball just wide right.
In the 24th minute, Zusi threw in a ball to Krisztian Nemeth in the middle of the box who one-touched it to Russell breaking towards the goal on the right side. Russell drew the keeper and pushed it past him on the left to put Sporting up 1-0.
New York scored in the 52nd minute on a bad defensive play by Sporting. Sporting thought they had New York offside but they weren’t. A one-on-one play against keeper Tim Melia was easy for New York’s Daniel Royer to tie up the game.
In the 66th minute, 16 year old Gianluca Busio replaced Roger Espinoza.
New York’s Brian White scored on a nice header in the 75th minutes to give them a 2-1 lead as Sporting’s defense struggled. The entire team struggled in the first twenty minutes of the second half.
Gianluca Busio scored off of a corner in the 88th minute to tie the game at 2-2.
The game would end in a 2-2 tie after Kaku of New York kicked a dead ball into the stands at Sporting fans.