Loudoun United pulled out to a 2-0 lead in Saturday’s match against St. Louis FC, but ended with the team’s fourth draw of the season.
United Capitan Kyle Murphy scored first at the 41st minute. That was followed by a score by Nelson Martinez, his first professional goal, early in the second period. Minutes later St. Louis’ Kyle Grieg made the score 2-1. It was late in match, at the 73rd minute, that Russell Cicerone scored the equalizer.
“I thought the first half we did well to get the lead and see out the first half up 1-0 and then to go up 2-0 early in the second. At the same time, we have to be better to not concede and let them back into the game,” Murphy said. “We need to put together a full 90-minute performance and eliminate our mental lapses that costed us today.”
“I am proud of the guys to come into a tough place and get a point on the road. We scored two tremendous goals, had a lot of the ball and had some very great plays. We feel excited about our progress in the past few weeks,” Head Coach Ryan Martin said. “Obviously, we would have preferred 3 points and need to do a better job closing out the game, but overall we are taking a lot of positives away from tonight’s match. We just need to continue to grow everyday and collect points to make a run for playoffs.”
Loudoun United FC are 4-6-4 and in 13th place in the USL Championship Eastern Conference.
The team’s next match is Wednesday, July 17, against North Carolina FC at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.