|photo by Matt Kremkau
HARRISON, NJ - As home openers go, this one will not be remembered fondly among the fans. One goal from Luis Amarilla and Dayne St. Clair did the rest, keeping an impressive clean sheet, spoiling the Red Bulls' home opener Sunday night at Red Bull Arena.
Forward Patryk Klimala had a golden opportunity just 14 minutes in the match when referee Lukasz Szpala pointed to the penalty spot following a Video Review check that found Minnesota midfielder Hassani Dotson guilty of a handball.
But instead of capitalizing on that opportunity, St. Clair was there to deny Klimala from 12 yards out - setting the tempo for the rest of the match. That failed conversion would prove costly for the Red Bulls because just six minutes into the second half, off a brilliant cross by Dotson, Amarilla sent a stunning volley past New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, to put the visitors ahead.
New York would continue to press for the equalizer but was frustrated by St. Clair putting on a show finishing the evening with seven saves sealing the 1-0 victory for Minnesota United, leaving the Red Bulls searching for answers as they and their supporters must now get ready for a Columbus Crew team next Sunday afternoon.