Red Bulls Drop 4-3 Barn Burner At Orlando
NY - Florian Valot 1 (Kaku, Rzatkowski) 7'
ORL - Will Johnson (Meram, Kljestan) 15'
NY - Derrick Etienne Jr 1 (Valot) 24'
ORL - Dom Dwyer (Yotun) 26'
ORL - Dom Dwyer (El-MUnir) 48'
NY - Aaron Long 1 (Marc Rzatkowski) 82'
ORL - Josue Colman (Scott Sutter) 86'
NY - Aurelien Collin (caution, persistent infringement) 38'
NY - Kaku (caution, unsporting behavior) 54'
ORL - Lamine Sane (caution, unsporting behavior) 60'
ORL - Yoshimar Yotun (caution, dissent) 90+1'
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles ©; Connor Lade (Kemar Lawrence, HT), Aurelien Collin (Aaron Long, 65'), Tommy Redding, Kyle Duncan; Marc Rzatkowski, Vincent Bezecourt, Carlos Rivas, Florian Valot, Kaku, Derrick Etienne, Jr. (Bradley Wright-Phillips, 15')
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 7; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 4
Orlando City SC: Joe Bendik; Scott Sutter, Lamine Sane, Amro Tarek (RJ Allen, 73'), Mohamed El-Munir, Will Johnson, Cam Lindley (Josue Colman, HT), Yoshimar Yotun, Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram, Dom Dwyer (Chris Mueller, 64')
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, Cameron Blanchard
4th Official: Marcos De Oliveira
VAR: Timothy Ford
The New York Red Bulls (2-2-0, 6 pts) battled back but fell just short at Orlando City SC (1-2-1, 4 pts) on Saturday afternoon. The Red Bulls equalized with less than ten minutes to play, but conceded a late goal after being reduced to 10 men due to injury.
New York used its eighth different Starting XI in its eighth match this season.
Florian Valot opened the scoring with his first MLS goal in the seventh minute. With the ball played wide to Young Designated Player Kaku, Valot made a run to the back post and was able to get a head on the cross from the Argentine attacker.
Kaku now has three assists in three MLS games, and also has a goal in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
Valot, who earned an MLS contract this offseason after spending time with NYRB II in the United Soccer League, also earned his first MLS assist on the Red Bulls second goal.
Homegrown Player and Paterson, N.J. native Derrick Etienne, Jr. netted the second goal after being played through the backline by Valot and Kaku. Etienne found himself alone with Bendik and was able to beat the Orlando City 'keeper with a clean finish.
With Valot, Etienne Jr., and Long finding the back of the net, New York has 12 players that have scored at least one goal through eight matches in all competitions. Bradley Wright-Phillips, who appeared off the bench on Saturday, leads the way with six.
Offseason acquisition Tommy Redding made his first appearance for the Red Bulls against his former club. Redding joined New York via the trade that sent Sacha Kljestan to Orlando.
New York had three former Orlando City SC players in the lineup, with Carlos Rivasand Aurelien Collin also in the Starting XI.
Kemar Lawrence, back from international duty with Jamaica, replaced Connor Lade at halftime.
The Red Bulls finished the game with 10 men after outside back Kyle Duncan was forced out of the game in the 78th minute due to injury. New York had already used all three substitutions.
New York is 15-16-9 all-time in the month of March. New York has scored 55 goals in March and allowed 56.
The Red Bulls will now break from MLS play for the semifinals of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. The two-legged series against Mexico's Chivas begins on Wednesday night with a match in Guadalajara. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. ET with coverage on Univision Deportes, go90.com, and Red Bulls Radio. The return leg at Red Bull Arena is set for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/03/31/orlando-city-sc-4-new-york-red-bulls-3-2018-mls-match-recap