Red Bulls Blank NYCFC 4-0, Advance In U.S. Open
It was an important win, and yet another occasion in which the Red Bulls have dominated local rival NYCFC in both U.S. Open Cup play and MLS competition.
Ryan Meara, still filling in for the injured Luis Robles in goal, came up with some big-time saves, while head coach Jesse Marsch continued to find ways to juggle his usual lineup with four usual starters on international call ups.
Austrian left winger Daniel Royer demonstrated last night his technical skills on the ball and lethal shooting, scoring two of the Red Bulls' four goals.
With last night's win, the Red Bulls will next face the Philadelphia Union the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on June 16 at 7 p.m. ET at Talen Energy Stadium. The two sides will meet in the Round of 16 for the second-straight year.
New York Red Bulls 4, New York City FC 0
2018 Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup Fourth Round
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena | Harrison, N.J.
NY - Vincent Bezecourt 1 (Kemar Lawrence) 2'
NY - Aaron Long 1 (Marc Rzatkowski) 52'
NY - Daniel Royer 1 (Alex Muyl) 87'
NY - Daniel Royer 2 (unassisted) 89'
NY - Sean Davis (caution, unsporting behavior) 34'
New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara; Kemar Lawrence (Connor Lade, 68'), Hassan Ndam, Aaron Long (Aurelien Collin, 60'), Ethan Kutler, Sean Davis © (Florian Valot, 78'), Marc Rzatkowski, Vincent Bezecourt, Alex Muyl, Daniel Royer, Derrick Etienne, Jr.
TOTAL SHOTS: 19; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 16; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 4
New York City FC: Brad Stuver; Cedric Hountondji (Sebastien Ibeagha, 6'), Ben Sweat, Maxime Chanot, Kwame Awuah, Thomas McNamara, Ebenezer Ofori (James Sands, 76'), Saad Abdul-Salaam, David Villa © (Joseph Scally, 57'), Jesus Medina, Jonathan Lewis
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 16; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 4
Referee: Fortis Bazaos
Assistant Referees: Tom Felice, Hao Zhang
4th Official: Dave Breckner
Vincent Bezecourt's first career first-team goal proved to be enough as the New York Red Bulls cruised past rival New York City FC, 4-0 on Wednesday night in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls have outscored NYCFC, 8-0, in two matches this season.
The Red Bulls 4-0 Open Cup win tied its largest margin of victory in the tournament against an MLS opponent in franchise history. New York defeated the Tampa Bay Mutiny, 4-0, on July 22, 1998 in the quarterfinals.
The Open Cup Fourth Round winners will be divided geographically (regardless of league affiliation) into groups of four, with teams who are precluded from playing each other until the Final per tournament regulations (i.e. pro teams and their affiliated Open Division sides) placed in different groups. A random draw will determine the pairings within each group on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET, resulting in a fixed bracket for the remainder of the tournament. Should a precluded pair of teams reach the Semifinal Round and be scheduled to face each other, the matches will be re-drawn after the quarterfinals to avoid this outcome.
Bezecourt scored in the second minute to give the home side an early 1-0 lead. It was the second fastest goal New York has scored across all competitions this season.
Aaron Long's header in the 52nd minute doubled the lead off a corner kick from Marc Rzatkowski. All three of Long's career goals have been scored on a header.
For the second-straight year, Daniel Royer got on the scoreboard against rival NYCFC in the Open Cup as he tallied two goals in a span of 1:53.
Ryan Meara tallied four saves to blank NYCFC for the second consecutive year in the Open Cup.
Meara recorded his fifth career Open Cup clean sheet and 12th shutout across all competitions.
Sean Davis donned the captain's armband for the first time in his career with the first team.
Hassan Ndam and Ethan Kutler both earned their first career first-team starts.
Eight of the 11 starters either have played for or currently playing for New York Red Bulls II.
For the eighth consecutive time, New York has held David Villa without a goal at Red Bull Arena across all competitions.
Under head coach Jesse Marsch, the Red Bulls are 6-2-2 overall in the Open Cup. Marsch has led the New York side to an unbeaten mark of 3-0-2 at Red Bull Arena during the domestic tournament.
It is the 11th consecutive Open Cup match where New York has scored at least one goal.
New York returns to league play with a road trip to Columbus this weekend before returning to Red Bull Arena against Seattle on June 13. The Red Bulls and Columbus Crew SC are set to faceoff on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+ and New York Red Bulls Radio in English on TuneIn.