Another Draw for United

Washington Township, NJMass United (0-5-3, 5 pts) couldn’t come away with a win on Saturday night, drawing with Philadelphia Fury (3-2-3, 11 pts) 3-3, despite putting in what Head Coach Stefano Franciosa called, “our best performance of the year.” United fought back from an early 2-0 deficit only to fall behind again in the 35th minute. United equalized again after a beautiful through ball by Braima Samati sent Denivaldo DaSilva in alone and he beat a defender and charging keeper to poke it into the net in the 53rd minute, setting the stage for a drama-filled final 37-plus minutes.

United started the match strong, controlling possession from the opening whistle, but it was the Fury who would get the scoring started with an 8th minute goal from Nic Kolorac. A defensive lapse would cost United again in the 13th minute when Seydou Ba gave the hosts a 2-0 lead. United and Lassana Sanha would quickly answer with a goal of their own two minutes later, cutting the deficit in half. The ice-breaker for United would not stand alone, as Carlos Diniz pulled United even in the 17th minute when he out-muscled a defender and put it between Fury keeper Thorne Holder’s legs for the goal. Diniz would have a chance to give United the lead moments later but his chip over Holder bounced just wide of the net.
Seemingly with all of the momentum, United would push for the lead but an undeterred Fury squad would find the net again in the 35th minute when midfielder Scott McCoubrey took a low shot that escaped United keeper Malcolm Cheney and rolled into the net. The Fury would take the 3-2 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half started much as the first, with United pressuring and threatening on offense. It took only 8 minutes of second half play for United to even the score when Denivaldo DaSilva took a pass from Braima Samati and poked it past Thorne for the third United goal of the night.
Both sides would have several chances to take the lead but they would all go unfulfilled. As frustration mounted, things would get a bit chippy near the end, with the Fury’s Ansger Otto getting a straight red card in the 82nd minute and United defender Mikhaeil Tadros receiving a second yellow with only moments left in the match. The final whistle would soon come and bring the exciting match to a conclusion, with both teams having to settle for a single point.

 

MASS UNITED STARTING XI:

K- Malcolm Cheney
D- Matthew Danaher
D- Kareem Smith
D- Michael “Roman” Ducotturd
D- Mikhaeil Tadros
M- Fabio Barbosa
M- Braima Samati
M- Denivaldo DaSilva (G 53)
F- Jared Joaquin (out HT)
F- Carlos Diniz (G 17)
F- Lassana Sanha (G 15)

SUBSTITUTES:

Admilson Miranda (in HT)
Mateus Santos
Junior Mark
Nicholas Gardner