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RECAP: Red Bulls Rally for 1-1 Draw Against Minnesota

 

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

A second half goal by Andres Reyes breaks the two-game scoreless streak for New York and secures a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United during a snow-covered field home opener on Saturday night. The game was played under less than optimal conditions with opportunities presenting themselves for both teams with less than accurate conversion. 

Minnesota opened the score in the 18th minute with a header from Bongokuhle Hlongwane. The corner sent in by Franco Fragapane found the head of Hlongwane which was initially saved by Carlos Coronel. The rebounded effort is what gave Minnesota an early lead. 

New York had multiple chances in the first half to equalize but lacked the final killer finishing ability. Lewis Morgan, who started in favor of Elias Manoel, found himself in several positions to score but either put the ball into the Minnesota keepers chest or forcing a save. 

The Red Bulls possessed the ball better early in the second half and forced the corner that led to the equalizing goal. Minutes in to the half, John Tolkin sent a ball into the box from a corner kick that found the head of Reyes. The finish saw the ball placed in the far corner where the goalkeeper had little to no chance of making the save.

From there both teams had opportunities to convert but didn't take advantage. Dante Vanzeir made a second appearance in the 60th minute but again saw little impact in the game. Minnesota nearly found a winner in stoppage time but the New York defense held firm and earned an impressive road point.

Next is a return home for the Red Bulls who will play Columbus Crew next weekend at Red Bull Arena.

STARTING XI:

New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Duncan, Nealis, Reyes (90' D. Nealis), Tolkin, Amaya, Edelman (65' Fernandez), Luquinhas (65' Vanzeir), Casseres Jr., Morgan (90' Barlow), Burke (65' Manoel)

Minnesota United: St. Clair; Valentin, Boxall, Tapias, Lawrence, Arriaga, Trapp (65' Dotson), Hlongwane, Lod, Fragapane (80' Oluwaseyi), Garcia (65' Amarilla)

GOALS:
18' (MUFC) - Bongokuhle Hlongwane assisted by Franco Fragapane
49' (RBNY) - Andres Reyes assisted by John Tolkin

DISCIPLINE:
36' (RBNY) - Sean Nealis - YELLOW CARD
68' (RBNY) - Cristian Casseres Jr. - YELLOW CARD
76' (MUFC) - Kervin Arriaga - YELLOW CARD
87' (RBNY) Kyle Duncan - YELLOW CARD


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