New York Red Bulls Shut Out Toronto FC
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, August 3, 2019
New York defender Kemar Lawrence scored in stoppage time to seal a 2-0 victory over the visiting Toronto FC, who had come into the game following a 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati this past Saturday.
New York Red Bulls were also looking to avenge their loss from the last time these two teams played one another; they played each other on July 27th, which was a game that saw Toronto come out with the 3-1 victory, with goals coming from Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Pozuelo, and Ashtone Morgan
Toronto coach Greg Vanney went with a 4-4-2 formation with Quentin Westberg in-goal, Justin Morrow, Omar Gonazalez, Chris Mavinga, and Auro Jr. on the back-line, Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jacob Shaffelburg, and captain Michael Bradley in the midfield, and Nick DeLeon and Jozy Altidore as the strikers.
Toronto started off quite well as they had the home-side Red Bulls on their heels with some goal scoring opportunities; Nick DeLeon found an opening in the Red Bulls and struck a nicely placed shot on-goal, which forced goalkeeper Luis Robles to dive in order to get a touch on the ball and force a corner kick.
In the 19th minute it looked as though Toronto FC had taken the 1-0 goal lead after Jozy Altidore received a pass and chipped it over Robles from outside the box however, it was no-goal because the assistant referee ruled that Altidore had received the ball in an offside position. Altidore has been in excellent form as of late and coming into tonight’s game, he was on a four-game goal scoring streak and it looked like the offside goal would extend it to five games, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Luis Robles’ performance in the first half was the difference maker for the Red Bulls as he made many crucial saves to keep the game scoreless after the first half. Toronto were finding some success with their ball movement off the wings but were unable to capitalize and get anything past Robles.
The New York Red Bulls looked like a much better and more composed team in the second half and their play led to Toronto’s defense turning the ball over and making many other costly errors.
In the 55th minute, Alejandro Romero Gamarra maneuvered his way around both Omar Gonzalez and Justin Morrow and struck ball towards goal, which deflected off Chris Mavinga and into the back of the net for the own goal. This was a goal Toronto would later regret giving up because the Red Bulls had the momentum on their side from that moment on and were causing a lot of problems for Toronto’s backline.
New York were then awarded a penalty kick in the 57th minute after Jonathan Osorio fouled midfielder Marc Rzatkowski in the box. Fortunately for Toronto, Daniel Royer, who has never missed a penalty in MLS, struck the ball well above goal to keep the game at 1-0.
The Red Bulls would then take advantage of a 10-man Toronto squad after Morrow had been shown a red card in the 88th minute for his foul on Bradley Wright-Phillips. Toronto FC were unable to get on the scoresheet and now must regroup as they’re next game is August 10th, when they host the Montreal Impact at BMO Field.
Photo Credit: Toronto FC (TorontoFC)