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RECAP: Omir Fernandez Penalty Sees Them to Next Round of Leagues Cup

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

New York Red Bulls claim another win over NYCFC, this time in the Leagues Cup, with a 1-0 win at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night. The game's only goal came from the penalty spot in the 30th minute when Omir Fernandez, a native of the Bronx, converted after Luquinhas was taking down in the box. 

The game was scrappy with both teams battling in the midfield to create opportunities. Little came of their efforts until the New York City defense cost them the first real opportunity in the 30th minute. Tayvon Gray took down the Red Bulls midfielder, leading to the penalty opportunity. Fernandez converted and sent New York into a defensive shell that held for the rest of the game.

New York City created few opportunities in the second half with the Red Bulls showing why they are one of the best defensive teams in the Leagues Cup. It is the second clean sheet in three games, with the team only surrendering one goal against Athletic San Luis in the group stage. 

The win will send them into the round of 16 to play the winner of Philadelphia and DC. It also marks the second victory over NYCFC in 2023 and the second shut out over their crosstown rivals. 

STARTING XI:

New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Harper (64' Duncan), Reyes, Nealis, Tolkin, Fernandez (78' Carmona), Edelman, Amaya, Luquinhas (79' Stroud), Barlow (64' Yearwood), Vanzeir

NYCFC: Freese; Gray (90' Segal), Thiago Martins, Chanot, Cufre, Sands, Parks, Jasson (46' Haak), Rodriguez, Ledezma (46' Pellegrini), Bakrar (79' Magno)

SCORING SUMMARY:
30' (New York Red Bulls) Omir Fernandez - PK


DISCIPLINE:
28' (NYCFC) Tayvon Gray - YELLOW CARD
48' (New York Red Bulls) Andres Reyes - YELLOW CARD
58' (New York Red Bulls) Omir Fernandez - YELLOW CARD
58' (NYCFC) Keaton Parks - YELLOW CARD
63' (New York Red Bulls) John Tolkin - YELLOW CARD
75' (New York Red Bulls) Luquinhas - YELLOW CARD
78' (NYCFC) Santi Rodriguez - YELLOW CARD

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