BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO – Playing without standout striker Christian Ramirez, the United played to its second consecutive road draw of the week, a scoreless tie with Puerto Rico FC on Saturday night at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium.
The Loons were in control for most of the match but were unable to convert on many chances. Their winless streak is at six games.
“We had another team on an unbeaten streak to play against, and they were a well-organized side,” United coach Carl Craig said. “They were tough to break down because they had so many men behind the ball.
“Once again we had opportunities to score. We were driving and I don’t think anyone could question the attitude to the players to go and get a result. But we lacked a bit of quality in the attacking third, and I think that’s the reason why we didn’t get the win.”
Ramirez sat out a United game for the first time in more than two years, spanning 92 games. He suffered an ankle sprain in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Tampa Bay. Ismaila Jome started in his place.
Puerto Rico had a chance late in the first half after being rewarded a free kick in stoppage time, and former Loons player Pedro Mendes lofted the ball to a wide-open Ramon Soria. However, Soria’s header was driven outside the near post.
United’s best chance might have been in the second half, when Ben Speas blocked a Puerto Rico clearing attempt and chased the ball to the corner. Speas then passed back to the top of the box and found Ibson in stride, but the substitute’s shot went wide.