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RECAP: Orlando Hand Red Bulls Worst Loss of 2023, 3-0

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, N.J. - New York Red Bulls suffer their biggest loss of the season, 3-0 to Orlando City, at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night sending them into a hiatus at one of the lowest points under new head coach Troy Lesense. The loss keeps New York under the playoff line as questions continue to linger on the team's ability to score goals.

New York started their third game in eight days with a potent line-up that included Corey Burke, Luquinhas and the team's leading goal-scorer Tom Barlow. While they were able to produce 10 shots and four on target in the first half, it was Orlando that found the back of the net first. Ivan Angulo broke through a sleepy defense in the 18th minute, finishing past goalkeeper Carlos Coronel to open the flood gates.

It took little time after the start of the second half for the situation to become dire for New York. First, defender Andres Reyes picked up his second yellow card, dropping the Red Bulls to 10 men. Shortly after, a video review found captain Sean Nealis culpable for a foul inside the box, awarding Orlando a penalty kick. MLS veteran Facundo Torres converted and later found his second goal of the game after catching New York on the counter attack following a corner kick. 

New York did attempt to work their way back into the game with key substitutes Dante Vanzeir and Lewis Morgan but they were unable to sway the balance of the contest. The Red Bulls won't play again until June 21st when they host Charlotte FC. While hopes of the playoffs are not out of reach, each game and result is becoming more and more important.


New York Red Bulls: Coronel; D. Nealis, Reyes, S. Nealis, Tolkin, Luquinhas (63' Vanzeir), Stroud (80' Duncan), Yearwood (63' Amaya), Casseres Jr., Barlow (46' Morgan), Burke (73' Manoel)

Orlando City SC: Gallese; Smith (84' Thorhallsson), Carlos, Jansson, Santos, Araujo (57' Felipe), Cartagena, Torres, Pereyra (62' Ojeda), Angulo (84' Enrique), Kara (63' Mcguire)

18' (Orlando City SC) - Ivan Angulo
52' (Orlando City SC) Facundo Torres - PK
72' (Orlando City SC) Facundo Torres

30' (New York Red Bulls) Dru Yearwood - YELLOW CARD
45' (New York Red Bulls) Andres Reyes - YELLOW CARD
45' (Orlando City SC) Robin Jansson - YELLOW CARD
47' (New York Red Bulls) Andres Reyes - RED CARD
90' (New York Red Bulls) Rafael Santos - YELLOW CARD


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