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Recap: New York Fall to Hernandez Hat Trick in LA

photo by Matt Kremkau

New York Red Bulls lose the second straight game of the Gerhard Struber era in 2021 with a 3-2 loss to LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday afternoon. A hat trick from Javier Hernandez sank the Red Bulls as their defensive woes continue into week two.

The Mexican star striker, Hernandez, opened the scoring in the 9th minute, knocking a ball into the net that seemed destined to go out of bounds. New York answered quickly, taking advantage of a miss-step from the Galaxy defense for Andrew Gutman to score the equalizer. Hernandez put LA ahead again right before the half, sending the Red Bulls into a formation change for the start of the second half.

While New York did find more possession, their chances at goal were still limited. The score become even more cumbersome in the 60th minute when Hernandez scored his third and final goal of the game. Minutes later, Cristian Casseres Jr. did bring the game within one goal but it was far out of reach.

New York now enters the 2021 season 0-0-2 with no points, creating a sense of urgency among a fan base desperately is looking for positivity. The Red Bulls will return home against the Chicago Fire on May 1st in the hopes of kicking off their winning hopes in the season. 


Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Tarek, Nealis (46' Yearwood), Long, Gutman (86' Amaya), Davis, Valot (46' Duncan), Casseres Jr., White (61' Harper), Clark, Fabio (61' Royer)

LA Galaxy: Bond; Araujo, Steres, Depuy, Villafana, dos Santos (73' Alvarez), Saldana (67' Harvey), Grandsir (78' Fisher), Vazquez (71' Kljestan), Zubak, Hernandez (78' Dunbar)

9' (LA Galaxy) Javier Hernandez (2)
26' (New York Red Bulls) Andrew Gutman (1) assisted by Brian White
41' (LA Galaxy) Javier Hernandez (3)
60' (LA Galaxy) Javier Hernandez (4)
63' (New York Red Bulls) Cristian Casseres Jr. (1)

63' (LA Galaxy) Samuel Grandsir - YELLOW CARD
87' (New York Red Bulls) Cayden Clark - YELLOW CARD
90' (New York Red Bulls) Dru Yearwood - YELLOW CARD


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