‘Disappointing’ draw for Atletico against Edmonton FC


“It’s good that we’re frustrated, it’s good that it feels like a loss.”

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Atletico Ottawa 0, Edmonton FC 0

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Atletico Ottawa picked up a point after another draw on Friday night at TD Place, but there was a feeling of emptiness for the Canadian Premier League top side, who did not record a win against the Edmonton F.C.

“We have to learn from this game and get three points,” said dejected Atletico captain Drew Beckie. “We were overworked tonight.”

In the search for a silver lining, Beckie added: “It’s good that we’re frustrated, it’s good that it feels like a loss.”

Neither team generated many scoring chances in front of the crowd of 4,053 – part of Edmonton’s game plan – in a game that got physical.

In injury time, Atletico manager Carlos Gonzalez received a red card for delaying the game. When Gonzales picked up the ball as he ran out of bounds, officials ruled he had held it on too long. Atletico are likely to appeal the decision.

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“The ball came towards me and I caught it instinctively,” he said, choosing his words carefully.

He says it wouldn’t make sense for Atletico to delay, given that as the top side they were under more pressure to secure a win – especially at home – against a side with no hope of getting ahead. qualify for the playoffs.

Apart from disagreeing with the call, Gonzalez said his team just didn’t create enough chances.

“We are disappointed,” he said. “We wanted three points (Friday). We weren’t as fluid in our attacking plays. We ran out of speed at times.

Atletico came into Friday’s game after a 0-0 draw against Forge FC, and the road ahead is difficult. They will play their next four on the road – including September 11 against Pacific FC – before closing their home schedule on October 9.

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“It’s going to be a tough September, but we know we have the team to make it happen,” Beckie said.

The teams started the evening on opposite sides of the CPL standings.

Atletico entered the contest in first place, with a record 11 wins, six draws and five losses, while Edmonton trailed at just three wins and six draws to go with 13 losses.

Edmonton had also been outscored 44-26, but they have picked up their socks in recent weeks.

Still, Gonzalez had insisted beforehand that his side could not afford to look past the visitors.

Friday’s result presents new question marks for the team.

“We showed good performance playing on the road,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a league of resilience.”

Although the draw didn’t go well in the Atletico hall, the result created more optimism for Edmonton in what has been a very long season.

“More than just a point, that’s how we took a point,” coach Alan Koch said. “This season shows the character we have in this group. You saw it at the end. Players fight for each other.

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