New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact: One Game at a Time
Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) and forward Mike Grella (13) retrieves the ball after a goal during the second half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. Montreal won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, the New York Red Bulls faced a seventh-place Western Conference San Jose Earthquakes.

The New York Red Bulls hosted San Jose on a humid night in Harrison, NJ. RBNY sent a statement to the league as it crushed San Jose 5-1. Goals came from Kljestan, Felipe, Etienne, Jr., and two from Royer. The lone San Jose Goal came from Kazaishvili.

Starting Lineups:

RBNY: (4-2-3-1) Robles, Zizzo, Lade (out 44’), Long, Perrinelle, Royer, Felipe, Adams, Davis, Kljestan (out 78’), Wright-Phillips (out 67’) – Muyl (in 44’), Veron (in 67’), Etienne, Jr. (in 78’)

SJ: (4-4-2) Bingham, Lima, Cato, Imperiale, Yueill, Thompson (out 66’), Jungwirth, Hyka, Salinas, Hoesen (out HT), Wondolowski – Kazaishvili (in HT), Dawkins (in 66’)

First Half

In the 8th-minute, Kljestan played a nice through ball to BWP, but the play did not result in a goal. Early on Kljestan filled the gap between attacker BWP and the defense. His early attacking mentality resulted in a shot on goal which was easily collected by SJ keeper Bingham.

In the 18th-minute, Tyler Adams put on the pressure as he collected a loose ball in SJ’s defensive third. He rushed toward goal where his cross attempt was snuffed by Bingham.

Sacha Kljestan, in the 22nd-minute, took a crack from outside the middle of the 18-yard box. The shot missed only by a couple of feet.

Royer, in the 24th-minute, was issued a yellow card for showing his studs against SJ’s Imperiale.

In the 29th-minute, a close call came for SJ when Hoesen hit a ground ball show from the top of the 18 nearly went in.

In the 38th-minute, Sean Davis received a ground ball pass from Lade. Davis then opened up his hips and blasted a shot into the near post’s upper 90. This was the Long Branch, NJ native’s first goal of the season, assists were given to Lade and Kljestan.


In stoppage time, a bit of excitement channeled through the arena. Sacha Kljestan seemed to receive a rebound which he then crossed. The deflection went into the goal. An offside call erased the goal.

Half Time Stats:

Score: RBNY 1 – SJ 0
Shots: RBNY 10 – SJ 7
Shots on Goal: RBNY 4 – SJ 0
Possession: RBNY 60.9% – SJ 39.3%

Second Half

Kljestan, in the 54th-minute, passed a ground ball to Royer in the 18. Royer struck the ball poorly as the shot soared over the net.

Alex Muyl in the 63rd-minute, showed resilience when he shook off a tackle to cross a dangerous ball in front of Bingham. BWP and Royer were in the area, but could not convert.

In the 72nd-minute, quick reaction save by Robles on Wondolowski kept RBNY in the lead.

RBNY all but sealed the win as Veron escaped a tackle to rush the end line. He then found an incoming Kljestan off of a deflection who buried the ball into the back of the net.

The goal was Kljestan’s first of the season.

In a quick turnaround in the 75th-minute, Felipe collected a ball from Kljestan at the top of the 18. Felipe hit the ball low which allowed for a deflection passed Bingham. Sean Davis also received assist credit on the goal.

In the 78th-minute, Paterson, NJ native Derrick Etienne, Jr. came on for Kljestan.

A late goal for SJ in the 88th-minute, came from Kazaishvili. The goal was assisted by Hyka.

Royer, in the 90th-minute, responded with a low hit ball to the near post. He scored after receiving a lofted ball by Etienne, Jr. and Tyler Adams.

With no stopping in sight, Royer, in extra time slotted a left footed shot into the far post after receiving the ball just outside the 18 by Veron.

Final Stats

Score: RBNY 5 – SJ 1
Shots: RBNY 19 – SJ 12
Shots on Goal: RBNY 11 – SJ 3
Possession: RBNY 56.8% – SJ 43.2%

Chris Sudol is a former college soccer player who now avidly supports the New York Red Bulls, Arsenal, and Barcelona, among many other soccer teams.