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Recap: Red Bulls Fall in Open Cup on Penalties

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

New York Red Bulls were unable to avenge a playoff loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday night, losing on penalty kicks and being eliminated from the 2023 US Open Cup. The game was an exciting one as the returning Dante Vanzeir scored a stoppage time equalizer to send the game into extra time. It wasn't enough as Cincinnati converted every penalty opportunity to secure the win and advance.

The Ohio-based team once again came into Red Bull Arena and shocked the hosts. This time it was Yuya Kubo who scored in the 42nd minute to give the away team an early lead. New York clawed their way back into to the game in the second half and found the equalizer in the 92nd minute thanks to Vanzeir's effort. 

Extra time proceeded with New York dominated possession and looking more likely to score. However, they were unable to convert on several opportunities, forcing the game into penalty kicks. Vanzeir, who scored to extend the game, was the only player to miss his penalty opportunity. From there everyone on both sides converted, leaving the Red Bulls out of the competition.

It is the first time in 11 season that New York has not advanced to the quarterfinals and continues a hard season. New head coach Troy Lesesne has now experienced defeat and will have to regroup before the team continues their MLS campaign on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Meara; D. Nealis (80' Mullings), Ndam, S. Nealis, Tolkin, Stroud (80' Luquinhas), Casseres Jr., Harper (58' Carmona),  Yearwood (69' Burke)(90' Nocita)(120' Coronel), Barlow (58' Manoel), Vanzeir

FC Cincinnati: Kann; Powell, Hagglund (90' Akpunonu), Mosquera, Murphy, Arias (73' Barreal), Angulo (84' Moreno), Nwobodo, Pinto (73' Gaddis), Acosta, Kubo (64' Badji)

Scoring Summary:
42' (FC Cincinnati) Yuya Kubo assisted by Marco Angulo
90' (New York Red Bulls) Dante Vanzeir unassisted

10' (New York Red Bulls) Hassan Ndam - YELLOW CARD
22' (New York Red Bulls) Cristian Casseres Jr. - YELLOW CARD
28' (New York Red Bulls) Sean Nealis - YELLOW CARD
69' (FC Cincinnati) Santiago Arias - YELLOW CARD
89' (FC Cincinnati) Dominque Badji - YELLOW CARD
89' (New York Red Bulls) John Tolkin - YELLOW CARD
89' (New York Red Bulls) Ryan Meara - YELLOW CARD
99' (New York Red Bulls) Wiki Carmona - YELLOW CARD


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