(photo by Matt Kremkau)
Toronto FC were looking to capture their second Supporter's Shield title. However, Tom Barlow, Brian White, and the New York Red Bulls had other plans as they rebound from their lopsided loss in the Hudson River Derby by beating Toronto FC, 2-1.
Interim Head Coach Bradley Carnell talked about the Red Bulls' need to start out the gate was a key element to put the match on their terms. And in the 24th minute, they did just that. Off a corner-kick, with the ball sent in by Florian Valot that bounced in front of Brian White, who back-heeled it right to Tom Barlow, who out-jumps Chris Mavinga headed in his third goal of the season.
But before Toronto FC could recover, the Red Bulls struck again to double the lead just two minutes later. Red Bulls captain Sean Davis serves the ball to Tyler Duncan, who headed it over to Jared Stroud, and he toe-poked over to a wide-open Brian White, who scored his fifth of the season.
But Toronto FC was able to get back into the game in the 50th minute, as defender Omar Gonzalez delivered a long ball over the midfield that found the foot of Nick DeLeon. His blistering shot was saved initially by goalkeeper Ryan Meara, but Tsubasa Endoh was wide open in front of the net for the rebound to put the visitors on the scoreboard.
Jozy Altidore was inserted into the match in the 57th minute as a second-half sub, and despite creating dangerous chances in the final third, the Red Bulls were able to hold on with a furiously tenacious defensive stand - including staving off three consecutive TFC corner kicks in stoppage time. By the time the final whistle was blown, the Red Bulls won their ninth game of the season, fifth one at home, which allowed them to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, bypassing the play-in round match between the seventh through the tenth place teams.
Until this match, the Red Bulls haven't beaten the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. With the win tonight, the Red Bulls not only denied Toronto FC a chance of winning their second Supporters' Shield title but as a bonus, they avoid playing in the play-in game. Instead, they will head off to Ohio's state capital, where they will meet up against the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.