(HARRISON, NJ) The New York Red Bulls are now unbeaten in six matches and head into the weekend atop the Supporter’s Shield standings, gutting out a win against the Houston Dynamo on a very humid night in Harrison.
Brian White played the part of the hero in his MLS debut, scoring the game winning goal in a 1-0 victory.
Brian White plays hero in MLS debut win over the Dynamo
The Red Bulls had to rely on their strong squad depth after playing four matches in 11 days, and a fifth looming on the weekend. Bradley Wright-Phillips, Marc Rzatkowski, Daniel Royer, Kemar Lawrence, and Aaron Long made way for Andreas Ivan, Fidel Escobar, Brian White, and Connor Lade. The average age of the Red Bulls starting eleven: 23.72 years-old.
The Red Bulls depth rarely saw action following the busy start to the 2018 season. Their midseason cameo should give Red Bull fans plenty to cheer about.
Despite the sweltering heat and humidity, the young guys showed well. The Dynamo came into the match in a major slump, and it showed. Credit the young players for rising to the occasion.
Thirty minutes into the first half, the Red Bulls young guns showed well, but the team struggled to create meaningful chances. Brian White looked lively, showing a calmness in possession and passing well. His teammates in the attack squandered a handful of chances, and the Dynamo did little to threaten Louis Robles’s goal.
The opening goal had to wait until the 55th minute. The Dynamo’s Adolfo Machado mishandled a cross from Michael Murillo. Alex Muyl raced in to stop the ball from rolling over the end line. His desperation cross found its way to Brian White for the easy finish into the open net. It was White’s first MLS goal.
The Dynamo responded to the goal well. Forced to come out of their shell a bit, the Dynamo created scoring chances, but struggled to put them in the net. Luis Robles became a bigger factor in the match, but the Dynamo helped him by wasting several good chances.
The Red Bulls improve to 17-6-4 on the season and head to Montreal on the weekend to take on the Impact. A single win over their final seven matches will tie their record for most wins in a season (2015).
Man of the match
Brian White gets the nod here. First MLS start, first MLS goal. Anyone watching White during his time at NYRBII this season knows how hard he works game in and game out. His call-up to the first team showed Armas’s faith in the young striker. He repaid that faith with a terrific performance in a tough match.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography