Smithfield, RI- Mass United FC NSU (0-1-4, 4 pts) took on Rhode Island Oceaneers (1-2-1, 4 pts) in American Soccer League action on Saturday, playing to another 1-1 draw, their forth of the season. A cold intermittent drizzle set the atmosphere for the New England Derby at Bryant University’s Bulldog Stadium, which featured 15 shots and a hefty 23 fouls between the clubs. Despite starting the match with an advantage in possession United would fall behind 6-0 in the shots category before clamping down on Rhode Island, out-shooting their opponents 7-2 the rest of the way.
Scoring was opened early in the second half when a quick counter attack in the 51st minute led to a shot by Braima Samati which was well saved by Oceaneer keeper Christopher Moura, but the rebound fell into the path of a smartly-onrushing Fabio Barbosa who gave United the lead. The lead would be short-lived however, with a 58th minute equalizer coming from Andres Perdomo on a play that had every United defender screaming for an offside call. The prospect of a draw didn’t sit well with either side, especially the oft-drawn United squad, who continued to apply pressure and had several chances to take a well-deserved lead only to have to settle for yet another 1-1 draw.
United hits the road this week for a Saturday night clash with Evergreen Diplomats (1-4-0, 3 pts), who came up on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline this past weekend against Icon FC (4-1-1, 13 pts), their second straight loss. Follow Mass United on twitter to keep up with all the ASL action from Maryland. Rhode Island travels to New Jersey to face AC Crusaders (2-6-0, 6 pts) before returning to New Jersey the following week for a match against a speedy Ironbound Soul SC (2-0-2, 8 pts).
MASS UNITED STARTING XI:
D- Ducotterd (YC 77th)
M- Barbosa (G 51st; out 78th)
M- Samati (out 85th)
F- Sanha (out 35th)
Malcolm Cheney (in 85th)
Jared Joaquin (in 78th)
Carlos Diniz (in 61st)
Denivaldo DaSilva (in 35th; YC 44th)