Harrison, New Jersey (May 24, 2019) — Riding their latest home win just three days ago, the New York Red Bulls hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps. New York leaped into a playoff position recently and the team knows every game counts.
Unfamiliar Lineup, Familiar Visitor
With three matches this week, the Red Bulls looked to their depth chart. Academy products Omir Fernandez and Derrick Etienne, Jr. got the start. Kemar Lawrence and Michael Amir Murillo spent the evening on the bench.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pitch, former Red Bull Felipe Martins made his first visit to Red Bull Arena since the trade that sent him to Vancouver. He skied a shot in the 23rd minute, but maintained a central position in the midfield. In the second half, his header hit the side post.
Unfinished Business in the First Half
Defender Sean Nealis earned a yellow card early on for bringing down Whitecaps striker Joaquin Ardaiz. Etienne’s first real opportunity glanced across the face of the goal in the 11th minute.
In the 20th minute, a strike from Brian White went wide of the opposite post. Shots from Alex Muyl and Cristian Casseres Jr. as well as Fernandez were blocked. With an unusually high possession rate (70 perecent), the Red Bulls had difficulty finding the goal.
Instead, Vancouver opened the scoring when Scott Sutter collected a cross and sent the ball into the net. Brian White leveled the match when he headed a redirected shot from Amro Tarek in the 37th minute. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls were not content to keep things level.
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Staying Level after the Half
White sent in a cross in the 55th minute that Whitecaps defender Andy Rose deflected to the goal. The lead was short-lived when Nealis was called for a handball in the box with video review. Second half substitute Fredy Montero converted the kick from the spot.
Meanwhile, manager Chris Armas sent in Sean Davis and Daniel Royer for Muyl and Etienne. Tom Barlow, who scored the lone goal in New York’s previous bout, replaced White in the 80th minute. Frustration was mounting for the home side, who could not get a shot on target. The match ended 2-2.
The Red Bulls will travel to Ohio for their third match of the week against FC Cincinnati.