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New York Red Bulls Win Fourth Consecutive Over Montreal (Highlights)

New York Red Bulls Buzz, 6/4/17: RBNY Find Sixth Consecutive Road Defeat in Montreal
Jun 3, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact midfilder Dominic Oduro (7) kicks the ball past New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) in the first half of their game at the Saputo Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday July 17, the fifth-place New York Red Bulls hosted the eighth place Montreal Impact.

The New York Red Bulls dominated in possession, shots, and shots on goal the entirety of the match. Their relentless attacking pressure resulted in four goals.

Daniel Royer, Michael Murillo, and Bradley Wright-Phillips were all goal scorers for the match.

This 4-0 win moved them into fourth place and within two points of NYCFC. The Red Bulls currently have the longest active win streak in the Eastern Conference and MLS.

First Half

The first half of the game saw some excitement early on. New York had a goal–scoring opportunity within the first minute of the game. Sean Davis nearly missed as he shot a rebounded ball off a previous Sacha Kljestan attempt on goal.

Felipe Martins shot a curling ball from twenty-five feet in the second minute. Montreal keeper, Maxime Crepeau, had to make a leaping save to keep the game scoreless.

Later in the 15th minute Davis passed the ball to an incoming Tyler Adams inside the right area of the 18. He took a one-time crack which was matched yet again by Crepeau.

In the 18th minute, Montreal got away with a questionable tackle in the 18 on Royer. A no call led to a corner kick which was met by Aaron Long’s head. Unfortunately, it was directed straight toward the Montreal keeper.

The Red Bulls improved offense yielded six shots, and three on goal, within the first 20 minutes of the game.

In the 22nd minute Royer was taken down again inside the 18. This time, by the Montreal keeper. The referee determined it was a penalty, and Royer stepped up for the kick. He slotted it straight down the center to make the game 1-0.

The Red Bulls’ momentum carried into the 26th minute where Long nearly scored a ground ball passed by Kljestan. Kyle Fisher of Montreal slid to make sure he blocked Long’s attempt from going in the net.

Defensively, New York held their own. In the first half Long made an effort to track down Ballou Tabla, who was on a breakaway. Then Luis Robles deflected the rushed shot which soared over the crossbar.

In the 31st Minute Royer cracked a curling ball from 25 yards outside the 18 on the left side. The shot was met by a scrambling Crepeau who pushed the ball wide. Zizzo a minute later opened up from about 30 yards out to test Montreal’s keeper.

This was RBNY’s fifth shot on goal within 35 minutes. A welcomed statistic to what earlier was a struggling offensive RBNY team.

In the 37th minute Davis crossed a ball to a waiting Wright-Phillips, who attempted a bicycle kick–it wasn’t even close. However, it was deemed a valiant attempt late in the first half.

To sum up the first half, the Red Bulls dominated. They showed newfound attacking prowess by greatly out shooting their opponents.

First Half Stats:

Score: RBNY 1 – MTL 0
Shots: RBNY 13 – MTL 3
Shots on Goal: RBNY 6 – MTL 1
Possession: RBNY 68.8% – MTL 31.2%

Second Half

In the 55th minute New York’s offensive pressure continued. Adams was fouled outside the 18 by Ballou. The free kick attempt ended in a corner kick which was then headed out for a goal kick.

A bold Felipe shot a ball from 30 yards out, just after the free kick attempt in the 57th minute. It was deflected out for another Red Bulls corner kick. Long was issued a yellow card while waiting for the kick.

This was no issue for New York. In the 58th minute a scuffle on a Royer crossed-ground ball proceeding the corner was found by Murillo. This was his first goal of the season. Not too bad for his first game since playing for the Gold Cup with Panama.

Following the goal, New York was relentless on the attack. For a solid five minutes Montreal was pinned on the defensive end as they put on the pressure.

Gonzalo Veron, in less than a minute on the field, found himself sprinting down the right side of the field unmarked. He crossed a solid ball into the box where Montreal cleared the ball.

In the 71st minute Alex Muyl obtained the ball on the left side of the field, just outside the 18. He then took two touches and tried slotting the ball into the far post, just beyond Crepeau’s reach. Unfortunately, his shot hit the post and was deflected wide.

Wright-Phillips opened his scoring account in the 85th minute against Montreal from a Muyl cross. He stretched his right leg, which deflected the ball into the back of the net.

This was his 80th Red Bulls career goal and his 11th goal this season. He is now tied for fourth in goals scored this season.

Royer, in the 90th minute scored a near-post cracker from about 10 yards away. It was assisted by Derrick Etienne, Jr. This was Royer’s 10th goal of the season and second of the game.

The New York Red Bulls proved victorious, in a true display of defensive prowess.

Final Stats:

Score: RBNY 4 – MTL 0
Shots: RBNY 24 – MTL 5
Shots on Goal: RBNY 11 – MTL 2
Possession: RBNY 68.9% – MTL 31.1%


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.