New York Red Bulls 1
Toronto FC 1
Goals: NY: 38’ Bradley Wright-Phillips; TFC: 70’ Benoit Cheyrou.
Overview: Coming off a less than stellar performance vs. LA Galaxy, the Red Bulls effort against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Toronto FC was much improved. Despite playing without star forward Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto nonetheless kept the pressure on New York throughout the match. The Red Bulls also has chances of their own, but could not solve TFC keeper Alexander Bono beyond BWP’s tally. New York was also the beneficiary of some good fortune as a Luis Robles stopped a Toronto penalty kick and a goal by Tosaint Ricketts was correctly ruled out on a tight offsides call.
New York Head Coach Jesse Marsch…
“It’s probably the first time we called that, I would call that a 4-1-3-2. I altered it a little bit in possession than when we were pressing. You know, I thought there were some good things about it. I thought there were some things that we were struggling to deal with. We got the lead, which was good. But then we made a tactical switch at halftime just to help find a little bit more balance so that we didn’t open up our midfield so much. I said on TV that it’s a little bit hard to swallow because we’ve kind of been that team in the east the last couple years, and now you look at Toronto, and they’re a good team. So you have to give them credit. Now, I think we can, you know, get better and better and start to become more of an elite team. But right now we’re fighting through some certain things. The key is to keep confidence high and keep pushing every day to grow and get better.”
Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (on the penalty save)…
“I wanted to be confident with whatever side I picked. The last two have gone in the opposite direction so I felt…ok, if he goes down the middle, what can I do? Whichever direction I go, I’m going to go strong and it worked out.”
New York (5-2-6, 17 pts.) will be back at Red Bull Arena and will welcome New England Revolution on Saturday, May 27. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m.