New York’s push to avoid the knockout stage of the play offs continued to blossom as New York beat Montreal Impact, by the scoreline of three goals to one.
Red Bulls’ head coach, Jesse Marsch was banned from the touchline for this meet-up in the Eastern Conference, due to being sent off during the 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy, and assistant coach, Denis Hamlett, took charge for this game.
Kicking off at 7pm local time (GMT: 00:00), the Red Bulls wasted no time, having their first attack going forward just nine seconds into kick off.
The first disciplinary action happened in the 13th minute, when New York Red Bull’s defender Aurelien Collin was given a yellow card by the referee for handball.
Bradley Wright-Phillips had a great chance, crossed by Mike Grella, saved by Bush but BWP should have really had scored it.
New York Red Bulls continued to pressure Montreal, but Montreal threatened when on the counter, something that would come to light on the 20th minute of play, when Piatti scored to make it 1-0 to Montreal. It was clear to see New York’s keeper, Luis Robles, was furious with his sides defence during the attack.
The lead didn’t last for long though, as Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 58th MLS goal for the Red Bulls just a few minutes later, equalling the all-time record, the goal wasn’t great as BWP was pushed in the box but the ball bundled in, and New York were level.
The Red Bulls continued to dominate and in the 40th minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips became New York’s all time leading MLS goalscorer, with 59 goals, scoring a header that came from a superb cross by Sean Davis, making the Red Bulls coming from behind to make the score 2-1.
Half Time: New York Red Bulls 2 – 1 Montreal Impact
It took the Red Bulls’ just 17 seconds into kick off, when Sean Davis continued his fine performance with a great goal, it all started with brilliant work by Mike Grella, and it was clear to see the team congratulating Davis, showing the great togetherness this roster has. The South Ward went crazy as the score line was made 3-1 to the Red Bulls.
The drama didn’t stop and just two minutes later, the visitors were reduced to just 10 men on the pitch, as Oyongo was issued a straight red for a mis-timed tackle on Sean Davis.
Both sides had a number of good opportunities, the Red Bull’s coming in added on time as Veron run nearly half of the pitch, but was let down by his finish.
The referee blew his whistle after 6 mins of injury time, with the Red Bulls winning 3-1 and extending their unbeaten run to 7 games. The Red Bulls moved up to 2nd in confrence, just two points off rivals, New York City FC.
Full Time: New York Red Bulls 3 – 1 Montreal Impact
Picture Credit: Gilbert Gatchalin