|photo by Matt Kremkau
The New York Red Bulls are undefeated in their last four matches, but to Head Coach Gerhard Struber, this match felt like a lost opportunity to build some much-needed momentum as Ralph Priso canceled out Patryk Klimala's opening strike as Toronto FC rallied to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field.
The Red Bulls put Toronto FC right on their heels right from kickoff. They nearly got on the scoreboard in the first minute of the match as Wiki Carmona took a great pass from Kyle Duncan, found himself in front of the net, and Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono. Still, instead of passing or shooting the ball, he slammed directly into Bono, killing the early scoring chance.
New York would spend the next 44 minutes control the game but could not get on the scoresheet as the first half ended with no goals scored by either team.
All the Red Bulls' pressure extorted to Toronto FC paid off just a few seconds into the second half. Edwards served a beauty of freekick, which bounced in front of Fabio, who tried to volley it past Bono, but he managed to block the shot. However, Patryk Klimala got to the rebound and slotted home the game's opening goal.
But the lead would not last very long. In the 62nd minute, Yeferson Soteldo floated the ball across the box intended for Jozy Altidore. However, Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel slapped an attempted clearance directly to midfielder Ralph Priso, who equalized the match with a first-time left-footed strike inside the near post, scoring his first-ever goal in MLS play.
Priso's goal, along with Altidore entering the match, seemed to energize Toronto FC as they began to take it to the Red Bulls for some stretches in the second half. However, the Red Bulls were still the most dangerous side, and they nearly found the game-winner 10 minutes left of the match when Fabio's great scoring chance only hitting the side netting.
Toronto FC then managed to start one more attack late into stoppage time, but referee Silviu Petrescu blew the final whistle, frustrating the home side as both teams shared the points.
Toronto FC: Alex Bono, Justin Morrow, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez, Auro Jr. (Ralph Priso 18'), Marco Delgado, Michael Bradley, Tsubasa Endoh, Alejandro Pozuelo, Yeferson Soteldo, Dom Dwyer (Jozy Altidore 54')
New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, Kyle Duncan, Tom Edwards, Amro Tarek, John Tolkin, Dru Yearwood (Tom Barlow 84'), Sean Davis, Frankie Amaya (Omir Fernandez 73'), Wiki Carmona (Caden Clark 54'), Patryk Klimala, Fàbio
46' - New York Red Bulls - Patryk Klimala
62' - Toronto FC - Ralph Priso
71' - New York Red Bulls - Thomas Edwards - Yellow card
72' - Toronto FC - Aleandro Pozuelo - Yellow card
81' - Toronto FC - Ralph Priso - Yellow card
90+2' - Tornoto FC - Yeferson Soteldo - Yellow card