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While the New York Red Bulls remain winless this season, the team will be pretty pleased with their away draw on Saturday.
Red Bulls Get the Point... But They Would Rather Have Three
Apr 5, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; New York Red Bulls midfielder Jonny Steele (22) celebrates with teammate  Lloyd Sam (10) after scoring a goal during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

All things considered, the Red Bulls were pretty pleased with an away draw at the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Yes, they are still winless in five games at 0-1-4 and have earned only four points, but you have to remember that they were playing without four regulars starters. 

On the sidelines were team captain and striker Thierry Henry (issues with artificial turf) and midfielder-forward Tim Cahill (hamstring injury) , center back Jamison Olave (turf issues as well) and Richard Eckersley (ankle injury).

The Red Bulls earned a 2-2 draw, although they had the win and three points in their grasp.

Peguy Luyindula, who has already scored a goal this season, drilled a second-half penalty kick off the right post that could have given the visitors a 3-1 advantage. Instead, they wound up settling for a tie on Felipe's goal in the 60th minute.

“Obviously we are frustrated because we felt we may have been able to get out of here with three points; 2-1 up on the road, shut it down and hold it off," said left-sided midfielder Jonny Steele, who scored a goal and set up Luyindula's. "At the end of the day we’re on the road, if you get a point we’ll take that.”

After getting blasted by the Vancouver Whitecaps, 4-1, in their season opener the Red Bulls have played in four consecutive ties, two at home and two on the road.

“We’ve been playing some decent stuff," Steele said. "Things just haven’t gone our way. We just have to keep working. At the end of the day, we’re unbeaten in four.”

The Red Bulls are in ninth place in the 10-team Eastern Conference. They are tied with D.C. United, New England Revolution and Chicago Fire on points, but trail behind the trio due to MLS tie-breaking rules, which also includes goal differential.

The game did not start well for the Red Bulls, who allowed a goal by Andres Romero in the fifth minute. But they rebounded well, especially on the road by Steele (31st minute) and Luyindula (34th minute).

“We were down early, 1-0, and it showed a lot of character for us to not only fight back but to also get into the lead," said Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles, who again came up big with nine saves to keep the team in the match. "We definitely gave away a lot of chances, but at the end of the day there’s a point to take home.

“If we can grind out results on the road, then we’re going to be successful."

The Red Bulls will get another opportunity to snap two streaks – their four-game unbeaten streak and a five-game winless one – when they visit United in the nation’s capital Saturday.

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M'Baye Niang put the nightmare of the Paris terror attacks firmly behind him with two goals and an assist as AC Milan crushed a sorry Sampdoria 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday.

Niang admitted last week the events of the past fortnight had left him worried for the safety of family and friends in and around the French capital.

But the 20-year-old from the Paris suburbs produced a confident performance for the Rossoneri, first delivering for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener on 16 minutes and then beating Emiliano Viviano from the spot after the Milan winger had been hauled down in the area seven minutes before the interval.

Niang secured Milan's seventh win of the campaign when he fired under Viviano four minutes after the restart after the 'keeper's fluffed clearance.

When he was replaced by Luiz Adriano 15 minutes from the whistle it took the Brazilian just four minutes to find the net after volleying Alessio Cerci's intelligent cross past Viviano.

The only blot on Milan's copybook was Gianluigi Donnarumma's failure to stop Luis Muriel from the spot after Andrea Pioli had tugged on Eder in the area in the closing minutes.

Milan moved up to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Inter ahead of the remainder of the weekend matches, with Sampdoria's second successive defeat under new coach Vincenzo Montella leaving them 14 points adrift.

"It was an almost perfect performance," said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who gave a special mention to Niang.

"He's a big player for us, he was doing really well in pre-season then he got injured. Now he's back in form and he's doing well, but he already showed at Genoa (loan) what he was made of."

For the fifth consecutive match Mihajlovic opted for teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma over the more experienced Diego Lopez but the 16-year-old had to dive low to parry after his messy clearance fell to Roberto 

Soriano 30 yards out in the opening minute.

From then on, it was all Milan with Niang the main protagonist before making way for Adriano on 74 minutes.

Having spent the last half of last season on loan at Genoa, the striker said he in enjoying playing in a pure 

striker's role under Mihajlovic.

"I'm really happy because I've been waiting for this for a longtime, the hard work's paying off and I hope it continues like this," said Niang.

"I played as a centre-forward, the position I prefer and I think that along with our win over Lazio this was our best display this season."

Milan broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with Alessio Cerci, whose eighth minute goal was ruled offside, involved before Niang burst down the right to fire in a weighted delivery that Bonaventura slid in to meet at the back post.

Milan built on their momentum and Niang almost doubled the lead when he collected Juraj Kucka's short delivery on the right to drag his angled shot inches wide of Viviano's far post.

Sampdoria were struggling to find any rhythm and Milan's movement in the final third of the pitch was causing huge problems for the visitors.

Niang left Edgar Barreto behind to burst down the right and fire across the bows, but Bonaventura's first-timer from the six-yard line blasted over.

Samp's only real chance came when Luis Muriel dribbled his way into the area but despite turning Milan's defence his promising strike was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.

Niang came close twice with flicks that inched wide of Viviano's post just after the restart.

But when the 'keeper fluffed a clearance, Niang collected and strode confidently into the area to fire under his body and secure the second brace of his Serie A career, after hitting a double for Genoa against Verona last season.

A tiring Niang soon made way for Adriano and only four minutes later Cerci was given time and space to the right of the area to pick out the Brazilian with a pinpoint pass which he controlled before firing past a helpless Viviano.

Earlier, Torino moved up to seventh place with a 2-0 home win over Bologna thanks to second-half goals from Andrea Belotti and Giuseppe Vives.