Makeshift Red Bulls win big in Dallas

The New York Red Bulls overcame a poor midweek performance, winning their first match on the road in 2019 with a makeshift lineup.

Goals from Cristian Cásseres Jr., Sean Nealis, and Brian White, powered the Red Bulls to a 2-1 win.

The Red Bulls entered the match exercising maximum rotation. Luis Robles, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Aaron Long, Tim Parker, Alex Muyl, and Daniel Royer all sat out the match. The need to rotate presented itself after playing three matches in seven days.

First half

Cristian Cásseres Jr. opened the score in the 12th minute. Andreas Ivan set up the play, receiving the ball out wide from Kaku, and cutting a pass back to the top of the box. The Dallas defense failed to get a touch on the ball to break up the play, and Cásseres took a first time shot from the top of the box. The low shot beat Jesse Gonzalez low to give the Red Bulls the lead.

The Red Bulls continued to create chances, but wasted them with poor passing in the final third. Their wastefulness would come back to bite them.

Dallas leveled the match just before halftime. In the 47th minute, Jacori Hayes sent in a perfect cross to Jesùs Ferreira. Ferreira directed his header inside the right post passed Ryan Meara.

Second half

In the second half, Michael Murillo helped put the Red Bulls into the lead again. Following a short corner, the ball found Murillo at the top corner of the box. Murillo’s shot deflected off of Sean Nealis, and snuck into the goal. It was Nealis’s second goal as a professional, scoring for NYRBII earlier this month.

Brian White put the match out of reach in the 86th minute. After weathering Dallas’s attack for several minutes, the Red Bulls counter attack caught the home side. Omir found White in the box, and the striker scored his second of the season.

FC Dallas fought to regain the upper hand in the match, but good emergency defending, strong goalkeeping from Ryan Meara, and a little luck, kept the Red Bulls in the lead. Dallas had not lost at home since October 2018.

The win improves the Red Bulls record to 4-5-2, winning three of their last four matches. The lineup choices paid off from Chris Armas, and the manager has some difficult decisions to make moving forward.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

About Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein is the managing editor of RBNN as well as the co-host of the Seeing Red and Raising Bulls podcasts.

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