The New York Red Bulls second half slip let the Montreal Impact come from behind to defeat them at Red Bull Arena.
A strong start to the match gave way to a disastrous second half, ending the Red Bulls two match win streak. Maxi Urruti scored a goal and added an assist for the Impact leading to a 2-1 victory for the visitors. It was the Red Bulls’ third loss at Red Bull Arena this season.
Tom Barlow, signed earlier in the day, started at striker for the injured Brian White. Barlow’s impressive form in USL at New York Red Bulls II included eight goals to start the season.
The Impact came into the match somewhat short handed, relying on a few inclusions from the Ottawa Fury to round out their lineup. Like the Red Bulls and NYRBII, the Fury and Impact share a philosophy relying on tactical discipline and counter attack opportunities. The young players fit into the lineup well. Omar Browne created dangerous situations on the right wing, but the Impact failed to take advantage.
The Impact came out in a low block looking to frustrate the Red Bulls. Through the first half, the approach worked. The Red Bulls struggled to gain possession, looking to play long instead. When they did move up the field, they found success in their pass and move game, but used that infrequently.
Despite the offensive struggles, the Red Bulls opened the scoring in the 36th minute. Following a foul to Daniel Royer, Marc Rzatkowski served in a picture perfect ball to the head of Aaron Long. Long finished easily, giving the Red Bulls the lead.
In the 64th minute, Zakaria Diallo leveled the match. The Impact took a short corner and played the ball to Urruti. The striker sent in a cross, and Diallo’s glancing header snuck past Luis Robles. The Red Bulls ceded possession to the Impact during the second half, and they paid the price.
The Impact took the lead in the 79th minute from the penalty spot. Anthony Jackson-Hammel went down in the box under a challenge from Aaron Long. The referee pointed to the spot. Maxi Urruti stepped up and took the kick. He made Luis Robles guess the wrong way.
The Impact took the lead in the 79th minute from the penalty spot. Anthony Jackson-Hammel went down in the box under a challenge from Aaron Long. The referee pointed to the spot. Maxi Urruti stepped up and took the kick. He made Luis Robles guess the wrong way, and the Impact took the lead.
The loss sends the Red Bulls to 3-5-2 on the season. Next up, the face a tough road test against FC Dallas Saturday.