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Recap: Late Penalty Gives RBNY a draw against NYCFC

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, NJ - Derbies usually produce one of the crazier finishes to a soccer match, and this one didn't disappoint as a controversial handball call deep in stoppage time allowed the New York Red Bulls to salvage a draw against New York City FC, and perhaps their season as well.

The Red Bulls managed to get at least one shot on goal in the Wiki Carmona took a pass from Sean Davis and launched a blast from his left foot that was easily saved by New York City Sean Johnson. 

The lone goal for the visitors came in the 31st minute as Taty Castellanos continued to torture the Red Bulls once again after taking an angled pass from Maxi Moralez and simply finished the shot just inside the far post for his 13th goal of the season.

The Red Bulls could not find an answer despite multiple chances, and the referee's whistle brought the first half to a frustrating close for the hosts and their supporters who hung a "Not Good Enough" banner in South Ward, voicing their displeasure with the team's performance in the face of a bitter rival.

The dangerous Taty Castellanos thought he had a second goal to put the match away in the 69th minute, but, the goal was waved off because of a foul called on Maxime Chanot on defender Kyle Duncan.

However, the match changed on a dime when Keaton Parks was sent off on a straight red card for a tackle on Dru Yearwood in the 73rd minute. Dru tried to soldier on, but his apparent injury forced him to be subbed off a few minutes after.

The Red Bulls, sensing that the match if not the season was on the brink, pushed forward with intensity, after gaining an advantage from Park's ejection earlier. Only this time, Maxime Chanot would be involved in the match's key moment ten minutes into stoppage time with him being whistled handball called in the box.

After a lengthy video review, the call was confirmed, which lead to Patrik Klimala converting the penalty kick turning what would have been a debilitating loss into a satisfying draw as the scene shifts to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Saturday.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes (Cameron Harper, , Tom Edwards (Kyle Duncan, 62’), Sean Davis, Cristian Cásseres, Jr. (Dru Yearwood, HT)(Frankie Amaya, 79’), Wiki Carmona (Caden Clark, 72’), Omir Fernandez (Andrew Gutman, HT), Fábio, Patryk Klimala

New York City FC: Sean Johnson, Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Gudmundur Thorarinsson (Malte Amundsen, 90’+1), Alfredo Morales, Maxi Moralez, James Sands, Jesus Medina (Nicolas Acevedo, 79’), Keaton Parks, Valentin Castellanos 

Scoring Summary:
31' - Valentin Castellanos assisted by Maximillino Moralez
90+12' (New York Red Bulls) - Patryk Kilmala, converted penalty kick

Disciplinary Summary:
21' (NYCFC) Alexander Callens - YELLOW CARD
44' (NYCFC) Anton Tinnerholm - YELLOW CARD
45' (New York Red Bulls) Sean Davis - YELLOW CARD
61' (New York Red Bulls) Andres Reyes - YELLOW CARD
73' (NYCFC) Keaton Parks - RED CARD
80' (New York Red Bulls) Patryk Klimala - YELLOW CARD
82' (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan - YELLOW CARD
84' (NYCFC) Maxime Chanot - YELLOW CARD
90' (NYCFC) Maxime Chanot - RED CARD


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