Make That 3: New York Red Bulls Win Big in Minnesota (Highlights)
Jul 22, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) signs autographs after the game against the Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls traveled to Minnesota and came away with a convincing 3-0 win against the struggling Western Conference team.

The New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening won 3-0 against Minnesota. Goals came from Royer, BWP, and Muyl. A shutout performance by Robles and the defense secured a much needed three points for RBNY.

The New York Red Bulls have now won three MLS games in a row. A feat that has not been achieved since April. It also brings RBNY within one point of fourth place and five points of third place.

Much of the game was controlled by RBNY. The final possession statistics read 49.3%, certainly not a reflection of their performance. In fact, this is the first time in quite a while that RBNY did not lead in possession by the end of the game.

While possession rated low, RBNY totaled 20 shots, yes 20, and seven on target. This is what propelled RBNY to the win.

An early goal was scored by Royer in the 16th minute. Unmarked from about 25 yards out, Royer ripped a bouncing ball into the back of the net. It was assisted by Felipe near midfield.

In the 67th minute, BWP opened his scoring account in Minnesota. He was lobbed a ball by Royer near midfield and shot a low ball to the keeper inside the 18. The ball deflected off of the keeper and rolled into the back of the net.

To seal up the win in the 90th minute, Muyl scored a beauty. Muyl received the ball from Kljestan inside the 18 and took one touch and powered it into the near post’s upper corner.

Final Stats:

  • RBNY 3 – Minnesota 0
  • Shots: RBNY 20 – Minnesota 11
  • Shots on Goal: RBNY 7 – Minnesota 3
  • Possession: RBNY 49.3% – Minnesota 50.7%

With a floodgate of scoring opening up for RBNY they are stable in fifth in the East. They currently sit four points above the red line. If RBNY keep this momentum going, they can see themselves in prime position once the end of the season nears.

Thought matches are yet to come, however. Upcoming games consist of Montreal at home, NYCFC away, and a US Open Cup Semifinal match. The upcoming weeks will be crucial as RBNY look to make their playoff push.

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.