|photo by Matt Kremkau
HARRISON, NJ - Early goals by Matt Miazga and Patryk Klimala were not enough to break the stalemate as both teams battled fruitlessly to a 1-1- draw at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.
With newly-appointed Head of Sport Jochen Schnieder in attendance, the Red Bulls were looking to extend their good fortunes at home after a 2-1 road victory against Atlanta United on Wednesday night.
FC Cincinnati got on the scoresheet first in the 14th minute thanks to Álvaro Barreal delivering a great ball into the box, and the Clifton, NJ native did the rest. Heading the ball past Carlos Coronel to put the visitors in the lead and stunned the home supporters into relative silence.
The Red Bulls equalized things in the 23rd minute when Patryk Klimala converted a penalty kick. The play happened when Andres Reyes was fouled in the box earlier, with VAR confirming the infraction. For Klimala, it would be his first goal since his last tally on the road against Chicago at Red Bull Arena back on May 18.
With the match settling down and neither team putting a shot on frame, the match ended just as it began, deadlocked with a goal apiece.
Red Bulls had an opportunity in the 67th minute with an indirect free kick. However, Lewis Morgan's shot from outside the box went high and wide to his right, drifting into the stands, drawing anguished groans from the home supporters.
Both teams would spend the rest of the second half trading listless chances but did not score as the final whistle was blown, ending the affair in yet another disappointing draw at home.