Kljestan’s Goal Leads Orlando City Past Red Bulls

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Sacha Kljestan (16) plays the ball against New York Red Bulls defender Kyle Duncan (6). Photo: Brad Penner, USA Today Sports

It was a frustrating and physical match that saw a familiar face return to Red Bull Arena and net the game-winning goal for the opposition.

A 73rd minute tally from Orlando City’s Sacha Kljestan was all the visitors from Central Florida would need, as Orlando defeated New York Red Bulls 1-0 Saturday night. The loss snapped New York’s eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2) that dated back to the 2018 season.

On the goal, Orlando was on the counter-attack when Kljestan was able to get on the end of a long cross from Joao Moutinho. The former Red Bull, who heard a smattering of boos from the home crowd, one-touched it past New York keeper Luis Robles.  

“I was able to find some space at the back post and Moutinho put in a really good cross,” Kljestan said in a post-game interview with MSG Network. “I was trying to put it on target and fortunately it went in.”

Three minutes later Red Bulls nearly leveled the match. A set-piece kick from Marc Rzatkowski found Danny Royer whose header was heading toward the Orlando goal. But Orlando’s Carlos Ascues was able to bicycle kick the ball away from the goal line to preserve the lead.

Up next for New York is a trip to the Windy City to face the Chicago Fire on Saturday, March 30. Game time is 1 p.m.