Royer’s Brace Gives Red Bulls A Controversial Win Over NYCFC

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Daniel Royer celebrates one of his two goals vs. NYCFC. Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports

The first Hudson River Derby of the 2019 Major League Soccer season had a bit everything. Strong play, aggression and some controversy.

Daniel Royer’s two goals proved to be the difference as the New York Red Bulls topped New York City FC 2-1 Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. 

Royer’s first goal came one minute into first-half stoppage time as he converted from the spot after Maxime Chanot was called for a foul in the box. The goal erased the NYCFC lead it held since the 7th minute with Heber scored off a cross into the box by Anton Tinnerholm. 

The controversy came in the 60th minute. A clearing attempt deep inside the NYCFC defensive zone was initially ruled a corner kick by the assistant referee. But center referee Alan Kelly overruled the call but did not offer the throw-in signal to players.

The Red Bulls took advantage as a Cristian Casseres, Jr., cross would find Royer, who beat NYCFC keeper Sean Johnson for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.

“ I think it’s pretty clear that the assistant shows down with his flag to play the corner kick, and if the referee feels it’s a throw-in, he should have the decency to let everyone know,” said Alex Ring, NYCFC midfield and the team’s captain. “I think it’s a game-deciding situation, he has to look in the mirror and be brutally honest because he cost us the points today.”

Through a pool report, the game officials said the center referee overruled the assistant as he was in a better position to judge that the ball went out of play and should have been ruled a throw-in. Officials said no “throw-in” motion was made, and would not normally be made.