The New York Red Bulls extended their current unbeaten run to three, scoring a late goal to steal a point over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Daniel Royer played hero for the Red Bulls once again, scoring each of the team’s last four goals. Royer’s struggles early this season are long gone, and his contributions to the offense are invaluable to a team that too often relies on the brilliance of Bradley Wright-Phillips to carry them through.
The Whitecaps held the lead until the 89th minute, but settled for a 2-2 draw.
Royer brace steals point in Vancouver
The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the 5th minute thanks to Daniel Royer. Following a throw-in, Tyler Adams sent a long ball to Bradley Wright-Phillips into space on the right wing. Wright-Phillips caught up to the ball and sent a pinpoint low cross to Royer. The winger slotted the ball in, scoring his ninth goal this season.
The Red Bulls spent the rest of the half firmly in control but unable to extend the lead. The Whitecaps took advantage, pulling the match level in the 43rd minute. Kendall Waston neatly headed in a Yordy Reyna corner kick over former Whitecap Tim Parker.
Wright-Phillips wasted a chance to give the Red Bulls the lead, but the missed chance opened the door yet again to the Whitecaps.
Waston scored on a corner yet again in the second half to give the Whitecaps the lead. Former Red Bull Felipe served in the corner, and Waston’s glancing header looped over Luis Robles in the 60th minute.
The second Whitecaps goal tilted the match in their favor, and the Red Bulls struggled to regain supremacy.
Eventually, the Red Bulls would go down to 10-men after Michael Murillo received his second yellow card in the match. The costly red card means Murillo is suspended for the Red Bulls midweek match against New York City FC.
In the 89th minute, the Red Bulls struck gold again off the foot of Daniel Royer. Royer scored his second goal of the match, making a far post run on a Tyler Adams free kick. Royer volleyed his shot off the underside of the crossbar and in, stealing a point in a crucial road match.
The Red Bulls improve to 15-6-3 on the season and head to Yankee Stadium Wednesday night to take on NYCFC.
Man of the match
Tyler Adams is still improving day in and day out. He played a big part in each goal for the Red Bulls and made sure they maintained their pace with Atlanta United FC in the Supporter’s Shield race. Should this be his final season in MLS, Adams is having a heck of a sendoff.