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RECAP: Amaya, Clark power Red Bulls past Toronto FC, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, NJ - Frankie Amaya and Caden Clark scored a goal in each half as the New York Red Bulls handed former head coach Chris Armas and Toronto FC a 2-0 defeat Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

Toronto FC looked like the sharper side early on when Sean Nealis was a little careless in the back, not clearing the ball, and it found the feet of Aya Akinola, who thankfully pushed it wide left at the post. 

Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel had a little difficulty clearing the ball as well, nearly passing it directly to Bradley. Still, his shot was blocked, saving him from what would've been an embarrassing situation. 

But all of that would change in the 32nd minute as Caden Clark dispossessed Toronto midfielder Marky Delgado in the offensive third and swung his pass to Fábio inside the box. Fábio controlled the pass with his back to the net and sent a pass to the top of the box for Amaya. Amaya lined up his shot and beat Alex Bono to the near post for his first goal of the season. Fabio picked up his third assist in many games.

After substituting Danny Royer for Brian White to start the second half, the Red Bulls began to settle down, taking control of the match. With Fabio leading the attack in waves, putting the Toronto FC defense on its heels at times with their tired legs beginning to show.

And in the 69th minute, they would be rewarded for their efforts. Fábio nearly scored his first goal of the season as he forced Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono off his line and saved the shot initially, but he couldn't control the ball, and Caden Clark came crashing in and tapped in the loose ball for the 2-0 lead.

The Red Bulls would continue to control the match the rest of the way, capturing all three points, their second straight clean sheet, and another win for Head Coach Gerhard Struber before heading on the road against the Philadelphia Union next weekend.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; Aaron Long, Sean Nealis, Kyle Duncan, Andrew Gutman (John Tolkin, 88’), Frankie Amaya (Dru Yearwood, 65’), Sean Davis ©, Cristian Casseres, Jr., Caden Clark (Omir Fernandez, 79’), Fábio (Cameron Harper, 88’), Brian White (Daniel Royer, HT) 
 
Unused Subs: Ryan Meara; Amro Tarek, Tom Edwards, Wiki Carmona

Toronto FC: Alex Bono: Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Auro Jr (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, 70’), Michael Bradley Jr ©, Marky Delgado (Noble Okello, 81’), Nick DeLeon, Ralph Priso (Justin Morrow, 56’), Jayden Nelson (Yeferson Soteldo, 56’), Ayo Akinola (Patrick Mullins, 70’) 
 
Unused Subs: Eriq Zavaleta, Quentin Westberg, Luke Singh, Tsubasa Endoh

Discipline:
31' - (New York Red Bulls) Andrew Gutman (Yellow Card/Foul)
59' - (New York Red Bulls) Frankie Amaya (Yellow Card/Foul)
73' - (Toronto FC) Richie Lareya (Yellow Card/Foul)
78' - (Toronto FC) Omar Gonzalez (Yellow Card/Foul)

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