Sacha Kljestan got the game-winner on a penalty kick, while Luis Robles kept a fourth clean sheet in four competitive matches. Kljestan put New York ahead by converting a penalty attempt in the 20th minute.
Gonzalo Veron earned the PK, picking up a ball that was laid off by Bradley Wright-Phillips at midfield and charging down the left side. Veron used his speed to beat one defender before getting tripped up by a second inside the penalty area.
New York was able to fend off the Rhinos and take control in the second half with long spells of possession, limiting the Rhinos to five shots and just one shot on target.