New York Red Bulls blank FC Cincinnati with two late goals

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Cincinnati, Ohio (May 25, 2019) — The last time the New York Red Bulls faced FC Cincinnati, the Red Bulls eked out a 1-0 win at home. Now with a new manager and some needed lineup changes, the Orange and Blue looked to even the series.

Red Bulls blank FC Cincinnati

Schedule Congestion, Injuries cause issues

The third match in six days, the Red Bulls kept only four starters from their midweek lineup against Vancouver. Aaron Long and Bradley Wright-Phillips remain off the game day roster due to injury. Additionally, Daniel Royer was ruled out due to muscle tightness. Andreas Ivan made the starting XI following an ankle injury. As for FC Cincinnati, Darren Mattocks was unavailable with a hip injury.

Scoreless First Frame

FC Cincinnati wasted no time following the opening whistle. Their direct play forced Red Bulls captain goalkeeper Luis Robles to make two saves in the first 10 minutes of play. The ball skidded across the field and often past the touchline. Neither team kept the ball in an attacking third for very long. Despite all the movement, the game remained scoreless throughout the half. The Red Bulls were kept to three shots, but none of them were on goal.

Second Half Shift

With no substitutions at the half, New York began to settle into their usual pressing rhythm. Manager Chris Armas waited until play neared the hour mark to bring in leading goalscorer Brian White and young Designated Player Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra.

Bringing in Kaku allowed Marc Rzatkowski to assist more with the buildup. Their possession waned, but their advantage increased. Kaku broke through the stalemate in the 78th minute. He found himself one-on-one with Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey, chipping the ball past him to open his 2019 account.

Cincinnati manager Yoann Damet made two changes, hoping for fresh legs to reassert their play. Brian White nearly doubled the lead just before stoppage time, but it went out for a corner. Instead, White assisted Omir Fernandez to his first MLS goal of the season in the 91st minute. The Red Bulls kept their composure to the final whistle, keeping a clean sheet and returning with three points.

What’s Next?

They will face Real Salt Lake at home on June 1. Real Salt Lake are coming off a huge, confidence-boosting win against Atlanta United.

PHOTO: Kaku made an immediate impact for the New York Red Bulls once he entered the match on Saturday night, against FC Cincinnati. Photo courtesy of Bill Twomey/Last Word on Soccer.