Aaron Popendza scored a second-half equalizer as FC Cincinnati beat the New York Purple Bulls 8-7 in a 10-round shootout after the groups performed out a 1-1 draw on Saturday night time.
After shedding the opening match 3-0, the Purple Bulls returned residence for a playoff berth. Neither workforce scored till Tom Barlow scored unassisted within the forty fifth minute, giving the eighth-seeded Purple Bulls the lead at halftime.
Cincinnati, the primary seed within the Japanese Convention and winner of the Supporters’ Defend, equalized when Bobendza acquired a move from Luciano Acosta within the seventy fifth minute and scored. Acosta’s objective within the eighth minute of second-half stoppage time was disallowed by VAR. New MLS guidelines imply ties should be damaged on penalties.
John Tolkien, Serge Nujoma and Andres Reyes all missed penalties for the Purple Bulls. Santiago Arias and Yerson Mosquera failed in Cincinnati.
“This group had to choose,” Purple Bulls coach Troy Lesson informed reporters after the loss. That they had a alternative when our scenario was the worst within the league. We have been on the backside of the desk and the gamers had to choose. We will keep on this place or we will combat. And each step of the way in which from Might 8 to the place we’re at the moment, even in direction of the tip of that sport and the shootout, there isn’t any quitting on this group. That is one thing it’s important to respect.”
The Purple Bulls clinched a postseason berth within the last minutes of MLS Resolution Day, the ultimate day of the common season, earlier than falling to 1 seed within the best-of-three sequence.
Cincinnati has received 4 and tied three of its final seven highway video games in opposition to New York in all competitions. It’s the membership’s longest unbeaten run in opposition to any opponent.
New York has received seven, misplaced eight and tied zero in its final 15 residence playoff video games, courting again to 2011. It has not received a playoff sport since 2018.
Cincinnati will transfer on to the Japanese Convention semifinals, the place they’ll face both the Philadelphia Union or the New England Revolution.