On a lovely evening at the home of the Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, at around 7pm local time (00:00 GMT), it was time for the Red Bulls and the Impact to go head to head for the 3rd time this season. The Red Bulls won the last meeting 3-1, with a hat trick from Bradley Wright Phillips. A win for the New York Red Bulls would guarantee the hosts a play off spot, and move them up to first place in the conference.
The New York Red Bulls line up consited of Robles in goal, the back line of Lawrence, Collin, Perrinelle and Duvall, a midfield five of McCarty, Felipe, Royer, Muyl and Kljestan just behind the lone striker Bradley Wright Phillips. The head coach for today’s match was Jesse Marsch
The Impact lined up like this – Bush in goal, a back line of Oyongo (who got sent off in the last meeting between the two teams), Ciman, Cabrera and Camara, a midfield 5 of Donadel, Bernardello, Bernier, Piatti and Salazar and up front was former Chelsea striker Drogba. The head coach for today’s match was Mauro Biello.
The Red Bulls kicked off at Red Bull Arena, and on the 6th minute, Piatti got past the whole NY defence but put the shot wide. That should have been 1-0 to the away team.
In the 13th minute, Felipe crossed a ball from some distance to Daniel Royer who attempted to head the ball onto BWP, but it was cleared away by the Impact. In the 20th minute, after a pass from Piatti, Drogba attempted a shot from the left wing from a far distance, but it didn’t trouble Luis Robles. Just a minute later, Royer had the ball in the box and attempted to pass it back to BWP, but it was cleared, but the Red Bulls were given a free kick for a foul on Felipe during the proccess. Sacha Kljestan put the resutling free kick wide of the target to the left side.
The Red Bulls continued to have possession , and in the 27th minute, a cross from the captain, Dax McCarty, resulted in a header by Kemar Lawrence, which was saved comfortably by Bush. In the 29th minute, after a number of great passes by the home team, Royer had a shot deflected out for a corner.
On the 30th minute, the Impact counterd and Piatti had a shot that was saved by Robles resulting in a corner for the Impact.
In the next 15 minutes, both teams had oppourtinies but neither could find the breakthrough.
Half Time – New York Red Bulls 0 – 0 Montreal Impact
The Impact kicked off the second half in New Jersey.
A freekick by Drogba missed any contact, it only need a touch to make it 1-0. Goal kick to the Red Bulls
In the 56th minute, after Alex Muyl was fouled by the Impact, Kljestan sent the ball in, and was headed towards goal by McCarty but was saved by Bush.
On the 59th minute, after Royer lost the ball, it was cleared away by the Impact but only to Chris Duvall who gave the ball to Felipe who took a shot but was deflected back to Duvall who this time put in a cross, which Daniel Royer met and scored to make the score 1-0 to the Red Bulls. The team were one step closer to clinching a play off spot. Royer scored his first goal in a New York Red Bulls jersey since signing from FC Midtjylland. All the team had to do now was hold on.
On the 67th minute after a cross from Royer and a scramble from the Red Bulls to put the ball away, Dax McCarty had a shot which went into the back of the net, but didn’t count as the whistle had already blown. The South Ward made their feelings clear. The Red Bulls had another chance just 4 minutes later but came to nothing when a foul was given. On the 73rd minute, Alex Muyl had a perfect pass played to him by Sacha Kljestan that he somehow didn’t score. Just a minute later, he also narrowly missed the goal.
It was a nervy last 20 minutes for the hosts, but they held ouyt some great Impact pressure, including a penatly appeal that was turned down by the referee. Playing a minute over the three minutes injury time announced, the referee blew his whistle and New York won 1-0, a win that gurrantee them a play off spot, and took them up to 1st in the Conference, tied with Toronto (TFC have two games in hand) and cross-town rivals NYCFC. The Red Bulls also climbed to second in the Supporters’ Shield standings.
Full Time: New York Red Bulls 1 – 0 Montreal Impact
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