The Red Bulls continue success over Toronto FC with another win

New York Red Bulls continue dominance over Toronto FC on June 18, 2022
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HARRISON, NJ – The Red Bulls continue their success against Toronto FC with now five wins in their last seven games. They have now won both games against TFC this year. While it was not as convincing as the other win at BMO Field, New York still showed that they were the better team, and this was especially true in the second half.

Red Bulls continue success against Toronto FC with a 2-0 win at Red Bull Arena

Three keys to the game

First half

Giving up the first goal of the game continues to be the theme for TFC. John Tolkin delivered a great cross to Lewis Morgan, who headed the ball into the back of the net in only the second minute of play.TFC player, Carlos Salcedo, made a terrific defensive play to intercept a Tolkin pass. The Red Bulls were really applying the pressure as Toronto gave up too many turnovers just 14 minutes into the game. TFC won a corner in the 18-minute. Edwards made a terrific defensive play in the 20-minute. Ayo Akinola’s shot almost went into the back of the net, but just missed the net.

Jayden Nelson’s shot just missed the target in the 23-minute. Ayo Akinola got a yellow card for a late challenge in the 26-minute. Number seven made a good defensive play for the Red Bulls in the 28-minute. Alejandro Pozuelo did well to get past Frankie Amaya but lost the ball shortly afterwards in the 30-minute. O’Neill also has a yellow card. Sean Nelis delivered a great cross to John Tolkin, but Tolkin was unable to get the shot on target. Nelson made a terrific defensive play in the 40-minute. Nelson made a great run, but the Red Bulls defended the ball well, especially Aaron Long. Alejandro Pozuelo made a great cross to Jesús Jiménez but was unable to convert on the scoring chance.

Second half

Cristian Cásseres Jr. delivered a great cross to Tom Barlow, whose shot was stopped by Quentin Westberg. Then, Luquinhas doubled the lead by striking the rebound into the back of the net in the 56-minute. Morgan got a yellow card in the 61-minute. The flag saved TFC in the 62-minute, who almost gave up the third goal.

Barlow’s shot was stopped by Carlos Salcedo in the 72-minute. Salcedo dealt with Tolkin’s cross and puts it out for a free kick. Luquinhas shot was stopped by Westberg in the 78-minute. In the 81-minute, Red Bulls had a good chance to score. Jacob Shaffelburg’s shot was stopped by the Red Bulls goalkeeper, Carlos Coronel. It was a shot in a very good position, but the Red Bulls goalkeeper guessed right, and the game remains 2-0 for the New York Red Bulls. Lewis Morgan’s shot was blocked. Jason Pendant passed the ball to Morgan, but the shot was blocked.

Game Analysis

The first half was pretty even, TFC was unlucky to not have found a goal in the first half. However, it shows what it means to not give up goals early in the game. This has been a theme for most of Toronto’s MLS season this year and even last year. The Red Bulls were thoroughly the better team as dominated TFC with shots and shots on goal in the second half. The Red Bulls also rebounded from losing 2-0 against the expansion side, Charlotte FC, on June 11.

There were also fewer chances for Toronto to score in the second half than in the first half. It is a disappointing game after TFC won the 2020 Voyageurs Cup in a thrilling penalty shootout over CPL side, Forge FC. Lastly, with the clean sheet, Coronel has the third-most clean sheets in franchise history with 17 career clean sheets for the New York Red Bulls.

Games coming up for both teams

Toronto FC will now host CF Montreal at 7:00 p.m. ET at BMO Field for a Canadian Championship semi-finals game. The game will take place on Wednesday, June. 22. The game will be shown on OneSoccer and Telus. TFC then returns to MLS action on June 25 as they host Atlanta United FC at 7;30 p.m. ET. This is while the Red Bulls will host New York City FC on June 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals matchup.

They will then return to MLS action as they travel to Los Angeles to face Los Angeles FC on June 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This game will take place at Banc of California Stadium. The TFC-Montreal game will be shown live on OneSoccer and Telus. The Toronto game against Atlanta will be shown live on Bally Sports Southeast. The Toronto-Atlanta game will also be televised nationally in Canada on TSN.

The Red Bulls continue success over Toronto FC – Three takeaways

Toronto FC gave up too many turnovers. TFC was making too many turnovers, especially early in the game. Credit to TFC to cut down those turnovers, but some still happened like late in the game. It is an area of improvement that Toronto needs to look at. For example, Tom Edwards stole the ball from Jayden Nelson in the 13-minute, which led to a possible goal-scoring chance by Luquinhas in the 13-minute.

The New York Red Bulls continue their success over Toronto FC. In the last seven games, the Red Bulls have a record of five wins and two draws against Toronto FC. This included the 4-1 road win at BMO Field against Toronto FC. The last time TFC has defeated the Red Bulls was in the 2017 Eastern Conference playoffs on October 1. Additionally, TFC’s last road win came on March 6, 2016, according to Fussball Datenbank.

Toronto FC has conceded the most goals in the Eastern Conference. TFC has now conceded the second-most goals in the 2022 MLS season with 29 goals conceded. The only MLS team to concede more goals this year so far is the San Jose Earthquakes with 34 goals conceded.

Photo Credit: New York Red Bulls on June 18, 2022.