Skip to main content

RECAP: Red Bulls Redeem Themselves Against CF Montreal

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Garry Redman

HARRISON, NJ - No one will disagree that the Red Bulls played their worst season match at Stade Saputo, losing to Montréal 2-0 back in April. Since then, the Red Bulls have made some changes. First, Head Coach Gerhard Struber was relieved of his duties and replaced by Troy Lesesne. As a result, the team has enjoyed the "new coach bounce" thus far, defeating D.C. United in the Open Cup, and then NYCFC at home before neutralizing the expensive offense of Toronto F.C. en route to a scoreless draw on Wednesday. 

Sean Nealis, Andres Reyes, and Cristian Cásseres Jr. picked up one-match bans due to yellow card accumulation and have returned for this match. Speaking of happy returns, Dante Vanzier completed the six-match ban he received in March, making him eligible for team selection and setting the stage for redemption in front of the supporters on a wet and dreary evening in Northern New Jersey.

Twenty-three minutes into the match, the Red Bulls struck first on a set piece. A corner kick was delivered by John Tolkin, and the ball deflected off a Montréal defender and was somehow allowed to bounce freely in the box until Andres Reyes quickly pounced on the loose ball and knocked it in the back of the net. 

But the lead would not last very long. A careless foul by Cory Burke set up a set-piece situation for the visitors. George Campbell floated the ball in the box, and defender Joel Waterman, who was surprisingly unmarked, did the rest from close range, equalizing the match in the 29th minute. 

But nine minutes later, the Red Bulls charged right into the Montréal defense, who were careless with the ball, and Cristian Casseres Jr. laid off a great pass to Cory Burke and bounced the ball into the net. The linesman first disallowed the goal as Burke looked like he was offside. However, under further review by VAR, the goal stood. And the Red Bulls recaptured the lead to the absolute delight of the supporters. Many of them felt wronged by decisions going the other way in previous matches.

The second half began with the Red Bulls looking to hold on to their slim one-goal lead but opted to push ahead. Montreal responded by trying to stretch the New York defense, which was compact and organized despite giving up a goal for the first time during Troy Lesesne in charge. 

New York forward Dante Vanzier entered the match in the 66th minute, and most of the fans and supporters gave him a warm reception as he replaced Cory Burke in the lineup. He wasted very little time getting in the thick of things, taking a deft pass from Cameron Harper before he was immediately shut down by Montreal defender Rudy Camacho.

While Montréal pushed for the equalizer, the Red Bulls had an effective defensive response. Unlike matches in the past where the team could be counted on a fatal mistake down the stretch, there were no such gaffes this time as the defense was crisp, compact, and organized. 

And when the final whistle was blown. The Red Bulls have won three matches, undefeated in four in all competitions, and have officially climbed out of the Eastern Conference cellar, now primed to make a run for a playoff spot down the road. Quite an achievement for a team that was considered left for dead six weeks ago. However, their celebration must be short, for the conference-leading F.C. Cincinnati will be rolling into Harrison on Tuesday night, looking to end the Red Bulls' run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament. 

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes, Dylan Nealis, John Tolkin, Dru Yearwood (Hassan Ndam 78’), Peter Stroud, Wiki Carmona (Cameron Harper 67’), Omir Fernandez (Tom Barlow 57’), Cristian Casseres Jr., Cory Burke (Dante Vanzeir 67’)

C.F. Montréal: Jonathan Sirois, Rudy Camacho, Joel Waterman (Gabriele Corbo 46’), Aaron Herrera (Zachary Brault-Guillard 83’), George Campbell, Victor Wanyama, Bryce Duke (Matko Miljevic 83’), Lassi Lappalainen (Ahmed Hamdi 83’), Mathieu Choiniere, Chinonso Offor, Ariel Lassiter (Sunusi Ibrahim, 46’)

Scoring Summary:

23' - New York Red Bulls - Andres Reyes - Unassisted
29' - C.F. Montréal - Joel Waterman, assisted by George Campbell
38' - New York Red Bulls - Cory Burke, assisted by Cristian Casseres Jr.

Disciplinary Summary:

16' - C.F. Montréal - Rudy Camacho - Yellow Card
32' - C.F. Montréal - Bryce Duke - Yellow Card
45' - New York Red Bulls - Cristian Casseres Jr - Yellow Card
65' - C.F. Montréal - Aaron Herrera - Yellow Card


Popular posts from this blog

Red Bulls Announce Fan Experience Improvements

by Garry Redman On top of the theme nights announced this season, something new has been added the next time the season ticket holders and supporters step inside The Cathedral... The state-of-the-art LED lighting system at Red Bull Arena will provide higher on-field light levels for enhanced visibility and safety and introduce new entertainment features that heighten the overall experience for spectators.   Built around Musco's Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology, the new system is designed to provide exceptional playability and uniformity while minimizing glare. Cleaner, whiter light will elevate the broadcast quality for fans watching around the world.  Color-changing fixtures and Show-Light® Pro entertainment technology will allow the Red Bulls to wash the stadium in different colors and synchronize light shows to music, heightening the fan experience during goal celebrations, player introductions, and other big moments. If you have no idea what this means, click here t

The Unfortunate Vanzeir, Struber incident that has upset the fans, and league

photo by Matt Kremkau by Dan Feuerstein The Worst moment in New York Red Bulls/MetroStars history has finally come to a temporary conclusion. When I say a temporary conclusion, it means that Major League Soccer hasn't informed the masses of the punishment that would fit this horrible situation that graced the pitch at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night, April 8th against the San Jose Earthquakes. Here is the timeline of events that happened in that match as we try to piece together what all of us saw and how it all got started from beginning to end. In the 54th minute, another horrific challenge against the New York Red Bulls struck again as Judson delivered a two-footed mid-air challenge to the chest of Dylan Nealis and sadly all it got was a yellow card, Dylan's brother, and Captain Sean Nealis protested very loudly and earned his booking for his dissent of the referee's decision. While the arguments continued between Sean Nealis & Earthquakes representative Jeremy Ebob

Rumor: Dru Yearwood to be Traded to Nashville SC

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced More trade rumors are circulating as Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood is linked to a move to Nashville SC according to Tom Bogert of the Athletic . What Red Bull will receive for such a trade remains to be seen. However expectations are that the move will be finalized by the end of next week. Yearwood joined New York in 2020 from Brentford in England. Along the way he has made 86 appearances for the club, including 55 starts. In 2021 and 2022 he made 18 starts, scoring three goals and three assists, his total output for the club in Major League Soccer.  In 2023 Yearwood found his position in the club to vary greatly. At times he played in a defensive midfield role next to Frankie Amaya and other times higher up the field, almost as a second forward. After the departure of Cristian Casseres Jr. earlier in the year, it appeared as if Yearwood's minutes would increase. However Daniel Edelman stepped into the role, relegating Yearwood to more