The New York Red Bulls completed the season sweep of Toronto FC with a 2-0 win at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night, with goals from Kaku and Derrick Etienne Jr.
Etienne sparks win over TFC
The first half of the contest was extremely uneventful. Chances were few and far between for both teams, as there were only four shots on target in the first half.
The Red Bulls had a few opportunities early on in the game as their high-press forced TFC into giving the ball away multiple times, but those efforts came to nothing as the first half ended goalless.
Two minutes into the second half, Bradley Wright-Phillips was given a good chance to open the scoring after being played in by Kaku, but the Englishman’s shot was high and off target.
The home side nearly took the lead in the 50th minute after a corner kick from Marc Rzatkowksi deflected off of Toronto’s Victor Vazquez onto the post, only for it to fall right into the arms of Alex Bono.
Substitute Toisant Ricketts wasted a chance of his own as Vazquez’s cross towards the striker was inch-perfect, but the shot was volleyed over Luis Robles’ bar.
The stalemate was finally broken in the 70th minute, as Kaku swept in a loose ball after a scramble in front of the TFC goal. It was the midfielder’s fifth goal of the season.
Wright-Phillips, however, will miss what is arguably the Red Bulls’ biggest game of the season next weekend against Atlanta United due to yellow card accumulation.
Etienne Jr. finished Toronto off with his forth goal of the season, a smart chip over Bono to seal the three points for the Red Bulls after Wright-Phillips played him in during second half stoppage time.
The Red Bulls move to a record of 18-7-5 on the season, with 59 points. Their next game is also at Red Bull Arena, against league leaders Atlanta United on Sunday September 30.
Man of the Match
Kaku scored the first goal that opened up what was initially a tight and compact game. His movement was key to confusing the Toronto back line and giving the Red Bulls a much needed win.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography