|photo by Matt Kremkau
New York Red Bulls remain undefeated on the road, grabbing their fourth straight win away from Red Bull Arena with a 3-0 win over Orlando City on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Luquinhas, Cristian Casseres Jr. and Lewis Morgan contributed to a dominant road performance that has become the norm for this club in 2022.
New York opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Omir Fernandez played a ball to Luquinhas who had ample time to both set up and place a shot past the Orlando keeper. It was an example of the openness that the opposition afforded New York throughout the game, allowing them to pounce where they have been unable to at home.
Defensively, New York was stout. Aaron Long continued his strong play both as a defender and captain. Supplemented by Sean Nealis and Tom Edwards, the Red Bulls were able to keep Orlando to limited opportunities throughout the game despite ceding possession. Overall Orlando only had three total shots while New York had 17. Many of the other stats such as passing accuracy and possession favored the home side but provided little to explain the outcome of the game.
The second half saw New York put the game away with two goals. The first was a ball played through to Casseres Jr. who took his shot and then buried the rebound to double the lead in the 48th minute. The Red Bulls confirmed a win in the 88th minute when Lewis Morgan converted a penalty opportunity following a handball.
New York continued their perfect record away from Red Bull Arena to 4-0-0 and putting the conference on notice as a difficult team to defeat. Their home record remains something to be repaired, however their ability to win on the road sees them in second place after eight games, three points back of Philadelphia for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.