|photo by Matt Kremkau
HARRISON, NJ - After two disappointing matches, resulting in losses, the New York Red Bulls looked to turn their fortunes against FC Cincinnati at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night. However, none would be found as they were forced to settle for only a point after battling to a scoreless draw, 0-0.
Early pressure put FC Cincinnati on its heels, but Patryk Klimala's half-volley shot in the 5th minute hit the post, drawing loud groans of frustration from the supporters. Wiki Carmona had a chance in the 28th minute, but his chance went begging as it hit the right side of the net.
And, as the first half came to a close, like two blind beggars looking for loose change in the middle of the night, a lot of effort by both squads, but there was nothing to show for it after 45 minutes. The second half started like the first, while the Red Bulls pressed the attack, creating some scoring chances, but not much else, as both teams were looking for something to break through the stalemate.
The Red Bulls finally had a chance on a breakaway in the 68th minute. With Fábio all alone in the box, his shot was parried away by FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer. Still, the Red Bulls continued to press the FC Cincinnati defense, to break through with a goal, however, the visitors would bend, but would not yield on this night.
If there was a bright spot to be had on this evening of disappointments for the New York Red Bulls, goalkeeper Carlos Coronel played his part in keeping FC Cincinnati off the scoreboard by collecting his fifth clean sheet of the season, his fourth at Red Bull Arena. He ranks tied with third in MLS in that statistic. The Red Bulls now have 76 clean sheets since Red Bull Arena opened in 2010, which ranks the franchise first in that timespan.
With shots drifting aimlessly into the stands, the frustration of the home supporters looking for a better result than the last two they have seen. But by the time the final whistle was blown, the sounds of displeasure were echoed in the arena. Struber and his team now seek to improve those fortunes on the road against Chicago on Sunday.
Unfortunately, they will have to do so without the services of midfielder Dru Yearwood, who picked a yellow card in the 88th minute, earning him a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation.
New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, Andrew Gutman (John Tolkin 62’), Amro Tarek, Tom Edwards, Kyle Duncan; Sean Davis, Cristian Cásseres, Jr., Caden Clark (Frankie Amaya 71’), Wiki Carmona (Dru Yearwood 71’), Fábio, Patryk Klimala (Tom Barlow 62’)
FC Cincinnati: Kenneth Vermeer; Gustavo Vallecilla, Geoff Cameron, Nick Hagglund, Ronald Matarrita, Joe Gyau, Yuya Kubo, Allan Cruz, Luciano Acosta (Haris Medunjanin 78’), Brenner (Brandon Vazquez 88’), Alvaro Barreal