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Recap: RBNY Sweep NYCFC Series with Another 1-0 Win

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, NJ - Cristian Casseres' early goal from a set-piece, helped bring the New York Red Bulls a step closer to making the playoffs, and putting a serious dent in New York City FC's playoff hopes as they defeated their bitter cross-river rivals, 1-0.

The win extends the Red Bulls' unbeaten streak to seven consecutive matches, capturing 17 out 21 points, and posting five clean sheets along the way.

The Red Bulls got on the scoreboard in the third minute. Off a freekick, midfielder Sean Davis delivered the ball smartly into the box, where it found the head of defender Andres Reyes, who headed the ball at the feet of Cristian Casseres, who just two days ago was playing in a world cup qualifier for Venezuela, slammed it in from close range, scoring his fifth of the season, giving his team the great start they sorely needed.

New York nearly doubled their lead in the 41st minute, as Omir Fernandez took a header from Fabio, and darted toward the net with Tavon Gray, Alexander Callens, and Maxime Chanot hot on his heels, but he stumbled as got off a shot, but it went wide to his left, just missing the post by mere inches.

In the 82nd minute, NYCFC had a clear chance to equalize, but Malte Amundsen's volley ringed off the crossbar, thus sending the team to yet another loss at a time where either team could ill afford to do so. Both teams are equal in points, but the Red Bulls are now one point behind CF Montreal for the final playoff spot in the very tight Eastern Conference.

Shortly after the match, New York Red Bulls midfielder and team captain summed up the afternoon with the following statement: "We'll enjoy this victory for a day or two, but it's back to work" as they prepare to take on Columbus Crew SC, a team also on the outside looking in of the playoff picture, and seriously looking to defend their MLS Cup title with five matches remaining in the 2021 regular season.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; John Tolkin, Andrew Gutman, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes, Kyle Duncan, Sean Davis, Dru Yearwood (Youba Diarra, 84’), Cristian Cásseres, Jr., Omir Fernandez (Wiki Carmona, 56’), Fábio (Patryk Klimala, 64’)

New York City FC: Sean Johnson; Tayvon Gray (Andres Jasson, 68’), Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Gudmundur Thorarinsoon (Malte Amundsen, 69’), James Sands, Keaton Parks, Jesus Medina (Thiago, HT), Maxi Moralez, Santiago Rodriguez (Heber, 68’), Valentin Castellanos

Scoring Summary:
3' (New York Red Bulls) Cristian Casseres Jr. assisted by Andres Reyes and Sean Davis

Disciplinary Summary:
16' (New York Red Bulls) Sean Nealis - Yellow card
21' (New York Red Bulls) Sean Davis - Yellow card
34' (New York City FC) Maxine Chanot - Yellow card
82' (New York City FC) Malte Amundsen - Yellow card

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