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RECAP: Salt Lake Sink Red Bulls in Miserable Performance

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

New York Red Bulls fall 3-1 to Real Salt Lake before the start of Leagues Cup next week, seeing the team slip further and further from an MLS playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. A second minute goal started the downward spiral in Utah with little response from both the coaching staff and players before getting a late goal for minimal hope.

"We can't start a game like that," said a frustrated coach Troy Lesesne. "You're putting yourself in a hard position to get back into the game. I really like the changes we made at halftime. I thought that helped us come back into the game."

Three halftime changes saw Corey Burke, Luquinhas and Kyle Duncan enter the game. While Troy may have seen better play, the team gave up a second goal in the 53rd minute, almost confirming the team dropping more points. New York has not had a prolific offense in 2023 and a two-goal deficit has not been something the team has easily overcome.

Frankie Amaya did give them home in the 80th minute, scoring a goal to cut the lead in half. However, Real Salt Lake responded with their third goal of the game just a minute later to confirm the result.

New York heads into the All Star break with a 6-9-8 record, four points from the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Next is a new task for the club as they enter the first ever Leagues Cup on Saturday against the New England Revolution.


New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Harper, Reyes, Nealis, Tolkin, Stroud, Edelman (56' Amaya), Carmona (46' Duncan), Fernandez (46' Luquinhas), Barlow (46' Burke), Vanzeir (74' Manoel)

Real Salt Lake: MacMath; Hidalgo, Glad, Vera, Brody, Savarino (86' Gomez), Ojeda, Ruiz (75' Palacio), Luna (75' Oviedo), Musovski (65' Julio), Arango (75' Kreilach)

2' (Real Salt Lake) Diego Luna assisted by Jefferson Savarino
53' (Real Salt Lake) Diego Luna assisted by Danny Musovski
80' (New York Red Bulls) Frankie Amaya assisted by Kyle Duncan
81' (Real Salt Lake) Jefferson Savarino assisted by Bryan Oviedo

55' (New York Red Bulls) John Tolkin - YELLOW CARD
83' (Real Salt Lake) Andrew Brody - YELLOW CARD
84' (Real Salt Lake) Brayan Vera - YELLOW CARD
90' (Real Salt Lake) Anderson Julio - YELLOW CARD


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