|photo by Matt Kremkau
New York Red Bulls continue their solid close to the season with another win, this time 1-0, over Inter Miami at Red Bull Arena. Patryk Klimala provided the games only goal which was underlined by positive play from a Red Bull team that will feel that there were more goals left on the table.
Miami was a team in shambles heading into this game, requiring emergency loans to fill out their roster during this international break. For that reason, they played a defensive game and New York was comfortable attempting to penetrate the defensive block. For the most-part Miami was effective in keeping the Red Bulls at bay. It was in the 25th minute that the scoring opened when Andrew Gutman played a perfect ball to Klimala who took one touch before finishing and beating the Miami keeper.
New York continued to push but found little in the way of clear opportunities. One in particular came in the second half when Klimala played a quick pass but the shot hit the post. From there balls narrowly missed feet and passes were inches shy to double the lead.
Defensively, the Red Bulls were stout and posted their fifth shutout of the season. The defense continues to be the team's strongest point and has carried the club to potentially continuing their playoff run. Tom Edwards and Sean Nealis have found their rhythm as a combo and now allow players like Kyle Duncan and Andrew Gutman to get forward to assist the offense.
The win moves New York to 10-11-7 this season and moves them three points out of the final playoff spot. Next up is another Hudson River Derby, this time at Red Bull Arena against NYCFC Sunday October 17th.
New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Duncan, Edwards, Nealis, Gutman, Yearwood, Davis, Carmona (85' Harper), Amaya (68' Tolkin), Fernandez (72' Clark), Klimala (85' Barlow)
Inter Miami: Marsman; Leerdam (83' Higuain), Mabika, Gonzalez Pirez, Chapman, Morgan, Pizzaro, Matuidi (66' Vassilev), Shea (66' Guediri), Robinson (77' Carranza), Higuain
74' (Inter Miami) Sami Guediri - YELLOW CARD