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New York Red Bulls fall to early Real Salt Lake penalty kick (Highlights)

The New York Red Bulls fall to Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake thanks to a penalty kick for the first loss of the season.

New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake
9pm; Rio Tinto Stadium
Reported Attendance: 16,334

Starting XI

RBNY: Robles, Lade, Escobar, Parker, Duncan, Long, Adams, Bezecourt, Kaku, Rzatkowski, Rivas

RSL: Rimando, Lennon, Horst, Glad, Phillips, Beckerman, Kreilach, Sevarino, Rusnak, Saucedo, Ortuno.

First Half

The New York Red Bulls traveled to the beehive state and Rio Tinto Stadium to face winless Real Salt Lake. Former MetroStar and Red Bulls coach Mike Petke was leading the home side. Petke led RBNY to their first major trophy, the Supporters’ Shield.

In the 3rd minute, the New York Red Bulls’ Calos Rivas yielded a risky foul in the outside of the penalty box. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) changed the original outside the box foul to a penalty kick. Rusnak in the fourth minute calmly chipped the ball down the middle fooling Luis Robles.

In the 25th minute, an opportunity came for RBNY as Rivas received the ball from Kaku in the center of the 18-yard box. Unfortunately for the New York side, Rivas was called offside.

In the 26th minute, a deflected ball found the feet of Bezecourt who hit a driven groundball from the edge of the 18-yard box. Rimando, however, was equal to the task and steered the ball wide of the net.

First Half Stats

Score: RBNY 0 – RSL 1
Shots: RBNY 5 – RSL 3
Shots on Goal: RBNY 3 – RSL 2
Possession: RBNY 64.7% – RSL 35.3%

Second Half

In the 53rd minute off of a free kick about thirty yards from goal, Tim Parker almost put a diving header past Rimando, but again he was equal to the task.

The New York Red Bulls had difficulty trying to find the back of the net for the rest of the game. In the 62nd and 72nd minutes respectively, Royer and Wright-Phillips came on the field to bolster the RBNY attack.

In the 82nd minute, an apparent handball on RSL in the 18-yard box was not called. Despite leading RSL in nearly every category, RBNY could not equalize and left Rio Tinto with zero points.

Final Game Stats:
Score: RBNY 0 – RSL 1
Shots: RBNY 9 – RSL 6
Shots on Goal: RBNY 4 – RSL 3
Possession: RBNY 60.1% – RSL 39.9%

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.