HARRISON, NJ (July 29, 2017) – Things are just getting better and better for the red half of New York, as the New York Red Bulls cruised for three points and a fourth straight MLS victory on Saturday night against the Montreal Impact. Daniel Royer kicked off the festivities from the spot with a penalty kick in the first half. Michael Amir Murillo finished an easy tap-in for his first career MLS goal. And late in the match Bradley Wright-Phillips found a way to hit the back of the net after an uneventful game on his part, and Royer struck again to continue his stellar form. Luis Robles did not have much work to do on the night, and the Red Bulls will take an emphatic 4-0 win over the Montreal Impact into the NY Derby week.
New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact: RECAP
A Couple Takeaways
The Red Bulls lined up similarly to their last couple of matches; a formation that has been working since its institution. Call it a 5-4-1 or 3-6-1, fans don’t care as long as it works. The only difference between this weeks lineup and the one that defeated Minnesota United FC 3-0 was a straight swap of Michael Amir Murillo on for Damien Perrinelle.
This is how Jesse Marsch’s side came out against Montreal:
Robles — Muyl, Zizzo, Long, Murillo, Adams — Felipe — Royer, Kljestan, Davis — Wright-Phillips. Tyler Adams has excelled in the right wing-back position, and is essential to the Red Bulls efforts in winning the ball high up the field.
It is important to note that Impact stars Ignacio Piatti, Dominic Oduro, and Matteo Macosu only came in to the game off the bench in the second half.
New York dominated possession ending the match with almost 70 percent. The pressure they exerted in Montreal’s half was overwhelming. This combined with 83 percent passing accuracy created constant threats from every angle on the field. This formation is proving more and more successful by the game.
Ambition From Distance
Fans were consistently frustrated at the Red Bulls apparent reluctance to shoot during the first half of the season. During home games, shouts to test the keeper would rain down when RBNY’s offense possessed around the 18 yard box. Even in a 2-0 win over Columbus Crew SC, a game in which the Red Bulls had 15 shots, they only attempted three from outside the box with just one on target.
But things have changed in the Metro camp. In last weeks 3-0 win in Minnesota, RBNY had 20 shots with nine coming from outside the box, including one goal. In this week’s utter domination of the Impact, they poured on 24 shots, and seven came from outside the area. These long range efforts came from multiple players, even from the likes of Sal Zizzo.
The team is firing on all cylinders. It is tough to decipher whether they are playing better because they are shooting more, or if they are shooting more because of the confidence gained from playing better. Either way, it is working and RBNY have outscored opponents 15-3 in their last four MLS matches.
Any kind of critique, or discussion on something that needs improvement was all but impossible after this match. Things are clicking in the Metro area, and just in time for a trip to meet David Villa and New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. With the Red Bulls scoring goals and getting it done defensively, fans are in for a derby week treat in the Bronx. Additionally, the Red Bulls moved up to fourth in the Eastern Conference after Saturday’s results, making them neighbors with NYCFC in the standings. City is better competition than RBNY has faced during their current win streak, but do not expect that to intimidate Jesse Marsch and company.
It was yet another stellar all-around performance from the New York Red Bulls in their 4-0 victory over the Montreal Impact. They will take their high flying offense and brick wall defense into the Bronx to face a tough test against NYCFC next weekend.