Red Bulls Road Win In Dallas, 3-1
The New York Red Bulls (4-5-2, 14 pts) earned a 3-1 road win over FC Dallas (5-4-2, 17 pts) on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. New York earns its first road win of the season while handing Dallas its first home loss of 2019.
New York made 10 personnel changes, with Amro Tarek the only player to remain in the starting lineup from Wednesday's match against Montreal, as New York entered it's third match in eight days.
Cristian Casseres Jr. opened the scoring for New York, shooting low through traffic from the top of the box and beating Jesse Gonzalez for his second goal of the season.
Sean Nealis scored his first MLS goal in his first MLS start to give New York the win, deflecting a shot from Michael Amir Murillo in the 58th minute.
Brian White added an insurance goal, his second of the season,in the 85th minute off of a feed from Omir Fernandez.
Ryan Meara got the start and the captain's armband in his first MLS appearance since June 2018, and made five saves.
The Red Bulls return home next weekend to host Atlanta United FC on Sunday, May 19 in a rematch of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1, Fox Deportes and New York Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.
New York is 50-44-23 all-time in the month of May. New York has scored 181 goals in May and allowed 167.
NY - Cristian Casseres Jr. 2 (Andreas Ivan) 11'
DAL - Jesus Ferreira 4 (Jacori Hayes) 45'+2'
NY - Sean Nealis 1 (Michael Amir Murillo) 58'
NY - Brian White 2 (Omir Fernandez) 85'
NY - Kyle Duncan (caution, unsporting behavior) 45'+2'
New York Red Bulls: Ryan Meara Â©; Kyle Duncan, Amro Tarek, Sean Nealis, Michael Amir Murillo, Vincent Bezecourt (Sean Davis, 18'), Cristian Casseres Jr., Andreas Ivan, Kaku, Derrick Etienne Jr. (Omir Fernandez, 73'), Brian White
TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 5
FC Dallas: Jesse Gonzalez; Reggie Cannon, Ryan Hollingshead (Zdenek Ondrasek
64'), Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler Â©, John Nelson, Bryan Acosta, Pablo Aranguiz, Jacori Hayes (Thomas Roberts, 78'), Dominique Badji (Jesus Ferreira, 29'), Santiago Mosqueda
TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 1
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Philippe Briere, Gianni Facchini
4th Official: Tim Ford
VAR: Dave Gantar
NEW YORK RED BULLS HEAD COACH CHRIS ARMAS
On how the team bounced back from this Wednesday...
I remain proud of the work the guys are putting in and that the staff is putting in. Iâ€™ve been around the game for a long time, and there is so much to learn. Iâ€™ve learned, and the game has taught me things, coaches have taught me things and even the players. I know what I am looking at I know that the work being put in is solid, it's good and it makes sense to me. We keep getting better at sticking to it. We are looking like us, committing all the way. Itâ€™s nice to see other guys get opportunities and it look much like us. We went after that game, so I'm proud of this week. The guys picked up six points out of the nine, but we were close to getting all nine.
Thoughts on Ryanâ€™s performance...
I think the last play of the game summed up Ryanâ€™s performance. He has a lot of courage, he goes after it, comes out and intercepts the cross with bodies around, he fumbles it a little but gets it the second time and thatâ€™s game over. He gives the guys a lot of confidence from the ones in front of him up to all of us. Of course itâ€™s good to see Ryan captain the team today and do really well. You can throw Sean Nealis and some other guys I am really happy with.
On how NYRB II helps develop young players...
We give guys a chance in that team and it works. Those guys are getting regular games, A lot of those players train with us regularly. We go to games, and we watch film. This is who we are, and we believe in it and there's another nice example. Sean Nealis had a really good game today. It looks like he's been doing it for a while. Months ago, we said he [Nealis} had courage and he doesnâ€™t hide it on the field. Heâ€™s always up for the challenge.
NEW YORK RED BULLS GOALKEEPER RYAN MEARA
Thoughts on the game...
It was a huge result. We had a tough loss on Wednesday. Sometimes the best thing is to come back out and get another game to right the wrong from Wednesday. We had a lot of fresh legs; a lot of young guys are looking for an opportunity. I think everyone stepped up to the plate today.
On the depth within the squad...
I think itâ€™s a testament to the club, just look at how Red Bulls 2 has helped the first team over the years now. Today is no different, guys like myself have played a couple of Red Bulls 2 games in the past months or so. It just helps you for when your number is called up to the first team, you step right in and you know exactly how we want to play. Itâ€™s a huge asset for us.
Heading into the next match vs. Atlanta...
Weâ€™ll enjoy this one today in the plane ride home. Once we get back to training this week you turn the page and we try and get some momentum going. Weâ€™ve won three out of our last four. Atlanta is a big one, we have some unfinished business with them from knocking out of the playoffs last year. Like I said weâ€™ll enjoy the plane home tonight, but we will get back to work on Monday.
NEW YORK RED BULLS MIDFIELDER CRISTIAN CASSERES JR
Thoughts on the game...
First, I would like to thank God for the win and for the goal today. It was a complicated game today because they [FC Dallas] are a good team. We put out what we practiced on all week and the game plan worked. Itâ€™s good to come away with a win here.
The key to everyone coming together today...
We all felt good, especially the young guys today, we knew what we were going to play today. Itâ€™s just playing calm and confident out there. When we were playing with the ball, we knew what we had to do in order to score and make it complicated for them. Overall, we felt good about what we had out there.
On getting on the score sheet today...
Itâ€™s my second career goal here in the MLS. After constantly talking with Chris [Armas] about positioning myself in that spot because I would score. Today came the chance and I scored; he was right about that. I was able to capitalize that opportunity. On his performances so far this year... I am thankful for the confidence my teammates and the coaching staff are giving me to put me out there and contribute to the team. I am just working hard every week and I'm trying to do everything that I can to help out the team as I continue to do so this whole year.