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RECAP: Red Bulls race past Montreal Impact 4-1

(photo by Matt Kremkau)

New York Red Bulls were able to answer from an early wonder strike from Bojan, but Tom Barlow responded with a brace, and additional goals from Danny Royer and Kaku helped to turn back the Montreal Impact, 4-1 at Red Bull Arena.

Former club captain and club legend Thierry Henry made his return to Harrison now as the head coach of the Montreal Impact, looking for a win at the place he once called home. Unfortunately for him and his desperate side, after being confined to a hotel for eight days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his team found no such comfort at Red Bull Arena.

Montreal had started off pretty well just four minutes into the match when Impact forward Bojan took a pass from Victor Wanyama and launched a rocket into the upper left corner of the net, far from the outstretched hands of goalkeeper David Jensen to put the Impact ahead, 1-0

However, the Red Bulls would answer twice courtesy of Tom Barlow. First, he ended his slump by scoring his first of the campaign on a breakaway after taking a great pass from Mandela Egbo that equalized the match. Then just seven minutes later, he would score his second to put the home side ahead, 2-1.

The Red Bulls weren't finished punishing the Impact when in the 56th minute, it would be Danny Royer with his fourth goal of the campaign, taking a fortuitous bounce from a pass from Kaku.

Royer and Kyle Duncan would return the favor to Kaku just a minute later, scoring his second of the season to put the Red Bulls ahead for good, 4-1.

Christian Casseres, Jr, almost scored a fifth goal for New York in the 77th minute, but after further review from VAR, it would be called off after seeing Kaku was correctly called offside after taking a pass from Danny Royer.

Head coach Thierry Henry and the Impact's misery would continue when in the 87th minute as Luis Binks received a red card for a bad tackle made on Omir Fernandez just outside the penalty area. He would miss the next match, severely limiting Henry's options off the bench.

Final Thoughts:

After scoring eight goals in two games, first against Inter Miami and now against the Impact, the New York Red Bulls offensive woes seem to be in the rear-view mirror for the moment. Only time will tell if they can positively build on this momentum, with some more formidable opponents ahead on the schedule for Bradley Carnell and his men.


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