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Recap: New York Red Bulls Earn First Road Win Over Orlando

photo by Matt Kremkau


The New York Red Bulls, after getting their first point on the road against Atlanta, traveled further south to Central Florida to face off against a hungry Orlando City SC team, unbeaten at home, looking to win their fourth match in a row and gain a measure of revenge after suffering their first loss back in May.

The Red Bulls would start pressing Orlando City right from kickoff, and in the sixth minute, it would pay off. Patrik Klimala darted deep in the Orlando City defense and passed the ball to an open Cristian Casseres Jr, and he let loose a blistering shot that curled into the back of the net, scoring his fifth goal the season. It would be the team's fourth goal scored outside the box.

Orlando City SC nearly equalized in the 12th minute from a corner kick from Marucio Pereyra, but the goal was disallowed after Daryl Kike was whistled for a foul in the box. From there, the action was a wide-open and testy affair, with both teams trading hard tackles, and fouls were committed frequently. 

Nani delivered a great cross in the final third that looked like no one touched the ball at first. Still, Tom Edwards was called for a foul in the box to Mauricio Pereyra in the 43rd minute. Carlos Coronel then denied Mauricio Pereyra's penalty kick to equalize the match and dive to his left to preserve the one-goal lead for New York as the wild yet entertaining first half came close.

The Red Bulls started off in the second half just like they did in the first. Dru Yearwood stole the ball from Júnior Urso at the center of the box, but his shot just drifted wide on the net's left side.

New York defender Sean Nealis, who up to that point was playing mistake-free defensive soccer, made a huge blunder as he carelessly handled the ball. Daryl Dike came from behind and poached the ball from him, passed the ball over to Marucio Pereyra, then over to Chris Mueller to level the match at one in the 59th minute.

But in the 80th minute, Dru Yearwood danced his way deep into the Orlando City defense, dished the ball off to Patrik Klimala, who got off a pass over to Fabio, who did not miss from inside the box to put the Red Bulls in the lead for the second time in the match.

From there, New York was able to withstand any attacks from Orlando City, but by the time the final whistle was blown by referee Joe Dickerson, the New York Red Bulls swept the season series with a hard-fought victory against Orlando City, earning their first win on the road, which made for a very happy chartered flight back to Harrison. 

Starting XI:

Orlando City FC: Brandon Austin, Michael Halliday (Silvester van der Water 84'), Antonio Carlos (Rodrigo Schlegel 14'), Robin Jansson, Kyle Smith, Marucio Pereyra (Benji Michel 70'), Andres Perea, Júnior Urso, Chris Mueller (59')(Tesho Akindele 84'), Daryl Dike, Nani

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Tom Edwards, Cristian Casseres Jr. (6'), Sean Davis, Dru Yearwood (Omir Fernandez 81'), Kyle Duncan, Wikelman Carmona (Frankie Amaya 56'), Patrik Klimala, Fàbio (80')(Tom Barlow, 90+2)

Scoring Summary:
6' - New York Red Bulls - Cristian Casseres Jr., assisted by Patryk Klimala
59' - Orlando City SC - Chris Mueller assisted Marucio Pereyra
80' - New York Red Bulls - Fàbio, assisted by Patryk Klimala and Dru Yearwood


Disciplinary Summary:
2' - Orlando City SC - Júnior Urso - Yellow Card
21' - New York Red Bulls - Kyle Duncan - Yellow Card
34' - New York Red Bulls - Fàbio - Yellow Card
42' - Orlando City SC - Marucio Pereyra - Yellow Card
57' - New York Red Bulls - Dru Yearwood - Yellow Card
90+7' - New York Red Bulls - Tob Barlow - Yellow Card

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