|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Garry Redman
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Tom Barlow's goal was the difference as the New York Red Bulls survived a water-logged pitch to beat Inter Miami CF, 1-0.
The start of the match was delayed by a half-hour due to torrential rain and thunderstorms in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Once the storms and heavy rain cleared, the match began despite the pitch being slightly water-logged.
After the match with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, head coach Troy Lesnen thought the team started off slow, leading to the Sounders' only goal during that 1-0 loss on Saturday. Those concerns were quickly put to rest as the team and the match started off in a blistering, wide-open pace early on, as Red Bulls midfielder Luquinhas took a great pass from John Tolkin and launched a blistering shot from six yards out. However, the ball drifted wide to his left.
In the ninth minute, Kyle Duncan was called for a foul in the box as he and Stephanelli battled for the ball as it soared over them in the air. Inter Miami was awarded a penalty kick after a check with VAR by the referee, catching Duncan tugging on Stephanelli's shorts. However, Leonardo Campana failed to capitalize on this great opportunity, but his shot was easily saved by New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, negating the early scoring chance for the hosts.
In the 38th minute, Leonardo Campana, looking to make amends for his botched penalty kick earlier, took advantage of a lapse in the New York defense and launched a missile toward New York's goal. Thankfully for Carlos Coronel and his teammates, the ball drifted harmlessly over the net, although it didn't miss by much.
John Tolkin and Frankie Amaya took chances to score the match's first goal in the 39th and 40th minute, but both chances were snuffed out by Miami's goalkeeper Drake Callender, making both saves to keep the visitors off the scoreboard, and the match scoreless.
By the time the referee blew his whistle ending an eventful but scoreless first half, both teams went into the locker room lamenting their scoring chances but not capitalizing on any of them.
Unlike the first 45 minutes, the second half started off with a pedestrian pace as both teams settled down a bit due to still soggy conditions of the pitch, that was until the 52nd minute when Luquinhas danced through the porous Inter Miami defense and got off a shot that slammed off the post, but Tom Barlow immediately pounced on the loose ball and slammed it into the net to give his team the first goal of the match.
The Red Bulls secured their fourth victory in the 2023 season, but the journey back home will be somber. Cameron Harper received a second yellow card for a clumsy foul in the final minutes of the game, resulting in a one-match suspension. Although his actions were not well-received by his team and coaches, they will have to play without his valuable contribution in the upcoming match against Orlando City SC.
52' - New York Red Bulls - Tom Barlow
9' - New York Red Bulls - Kyle Duncan - Yellow Card
61' - New York Red Bulls - Cameron Harper - Yellow Card
70' - Inter Miami CF - Kamal Miller - Yellow Card
70' - New York Red Bulls - Andres Reyes - Yellow Card
90+5' - New York Red Bulls - Cameron Harper - Second Yellow Card/Red Card
Starting Lineups and Substitutions:
Inter Miami CF: Drake Callender, Franco Negri, Kamal Miller, Sergi Krvvstov (Harvey Neville 90'), Deandre Yedlin, Benjamin Cremachi (Edison Azcona 80'), David Ruiz (Ian Fray 58'), Dixon Arrovo, Nicolas Stefanelli (Robert Taylor 58'), Josef Martinez, Leonardo Campana (Shanyder Borgelin 80')
New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, Kyle Duncan (Cameron Harper 57'), Andres Reyes, Sean Nealis, John Tolkin, Peter Stroud, Frankie Amaya (Cristian Cásseres Jr. 46'), Dante Vanzier (Drew Yearwood 74'), Wikelman Carmona (Tom Barlow 46' 52'), Luquinhas (Lewis Morgan 62'), Cory Burke