Skip to main content

RECAP: Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls fought to a draw, 0-0

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Garry Redman

The Red Bulls were feeling pretty good after their 1-0 victory over their local rivals New York Football Club, on Saturday. With very little time to celebrate, they headed north to BMO Field to face an injury-riddled Toronto FC squad looking to gain three points after losing two straight matches, one win in their last nine. Troy Lesesne and his team will have to navigate injuries and suspensions themselves. With 23 players from both sides out of action, 12 of them for New York alone, the Red Bulls' "Next Man Up" philosophy will be tested. 

Several players on the Red Bulls were playing out of position, mainly out of necessity, in addition to shoring up the bench, with some last-minute signings from New York Red Bulls II, 

Toronto had a chance in the 29th minute as Federico Bernardseski had an open look after taking a cross from Insigne, but the shot was blocked by John Tolkin just in the nick of time, keeping the home team scoreless. 

Toronto midfielder Deandre Kerr was replaced by Antonoglou in the 41st minute after a collision with Dylan Nealis and was removed from the match due to concussion protocol.

Red Bulls had a chance to open the scoring in the 33rd minute John Tolkin delivered the ball in the box, but the shot was immediately punched away by goalkeeper Sean Johnson, then was blocked again when Cameron Harper followed up with a volley. Sean came off the line to make the timely interception.

In the end, both teams traded chances, but sloppy play dominated the first half, making things hard to watch for casual observers. 

Elias Manoel had a chance to put the team in the lead in the 48th minute after taking a pass from Wikelman Carmona and getting by the Toronto goalkeeper, who came off his line, he was all alone with the net, but for the second time this season (the first being in Chicago), his shot was denied by the woodwork. 

Toronto had the closest chance to score in the 79th minute. Federico Bernardeschi took the ball from John Tolkin and shot the ball across the net, 

Toronto FC had one last chance to win the match just three minutes into stoppage time when Themi Antonoglou took a header from Hugo Mbongue, but his shot from outside the box missed to the right. 

And with the match ending in a draw and the defense keeping their opponents scoreless in three straight games, getting the point on the road may have been the best result, as they now must get themselves ready for Montreal at home on Saturday.

Starting IX:

Toronto FC: Johnson, Petretta, Mabika, Laryea, Kerr (Antonoglou 41'), Thompson, Servania, Franklin, Insigne, Bernardeschi (Mbongue 89'), Sapong (Akinola 46')

New York Red Bulls:  Coronel, D. Nealis, Carmona, Stroud, Tolkin, Harper (Mullings '73), Ndam, Yearwood, Fernandez (Reid 90+2'), Manoel (Burke 73'), Barlow 

Scoring Summary:


Disciplinary Summary:

45'+1 - New York Red Bulls - Elias Manoel - Yellow Card
75' - New York Red Bulls - Peter Stroud - Yellow Card
89' - New York Red Bulls - Tom Barlow - 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

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

Ex-Red Bulls Coach Gerhard Struber Shares Thoughts on MLS and Salzburg

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Red Bull News Network had the chance to communicate with former New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber, now the manager of Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Struber was with New York from the end of the 2020 campaign through to the early part of 2023. Along the way he secured two playoff berths, a seventh and fourth place finish in 2021 and 2022 respectively. While his time was ended abruptly in MLS, his memories of the American version of the game have helped him prepare for such a monumental task in Europe. You spent nearly three seasons in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls, what did you learn from that experience that has made you a different coach at Red Bull Salzburg? Struber: In addition to the sporting aspects, there is a lot that I was able to gain from my work at New York Red Bulls. Any work in a foreign country not only brings you closer to the language, but also to the culture and mentality of the pe