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Recap: Fabio First Goal Takes Down Nashville

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, NJ - The New York Red Bulls celebrated their return from the international break by taking down yet another undefeated team thanks to goals by both Fabio and Kyle Duncan, heading Nashville SC their first loss of the season, 2-0.
The two squads have never faced each other in league play, and with Nashville SC coming into Red Bull Arena as one of the two undefeated teams left in MLS (the other being Seattle), the New York Red Bulls wanted to win against a solid team before heading off for a three-game road trip.

The match started off with a defensive stalemate as both teams traded chances, but neither squad would capitalize on them. 

In the 37th minute, the Red Bulls broke through the stalemate when Patrik Klimala floated the ball over to Fabio and, with one touch, volleyed home his first goal of the season and his first as a Red Bull to put the home side ahead, 1-0.

C.J. Sapong thought he leveled the match with his goal in the 48th minute, but thankfully for the Red Bulls, the goal was negated because he was called offside.

But then, in the 56th minute, Kyle Duncan took a pass from Caden Clark and sent a blistering shot past the diving Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis for his first goal of the season to double the lead, 2-0.

With a two-goal cushion in hand, the Red Bulls would settle down to earn their third clean sheet of the season and their fourth straight win at home before heading off to Foxborough for a tough midweek match with the New England Revolution Wednesday night.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; Kyle Duncan, Andres Reyes (Amro Tarek 83’), Sean Nealis, John Tolkin; Tom Edwards (Dru Yearwood 51’), Sean Davis (c), Frankie Amaya (Wikelman Carmona 83’), Caden Clark; Patryk Klimala, Fabio (Tom Barlow 75’)

Nashville SC: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Dave Romney, Walker Zimmerman (Jalil Anibaba 63’), Alistair Johnston, Randall Leal (Luke Haakenson 63’), Matt LaGrassa (Koze Donasiyano 63’), Dax McCarty (c), Alex Muyl; Hany Mukhtar (Handwalla Bwana 84’), C.J. Sapong (Abu Danladi 77’) 

Scoring Summary:
37' - (New York Red Bulls) Fabio, assisted by Patrik Klimala and Sean Nealis
56' - (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan, assisted by Caden Clark

Disciplinary Summary:
58' - (New York Red Bulls) Patrik Kilmala - YELLOW CARD
71' - (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan - YELLOW CARD


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