The New York Red Bulls won their second straight match, defeating Orlando City 2-0 in sunny Florida. The Red Bulls now sit in sole possession of 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.
Cyle Larin received a red card in the 32nd minute for a studs up challenge on Sacha Kljestan (which really didn't make too much contact), but the assistant cued the referee to issue the red. This is the third straight game in which Orlando was reduced to 10 men, but the Red Bulls were already leading 1-0 after a long distance strike by Kljestan in the 21st minute. Mike Grella added another with a 35-yard run to beat three defensemen in the 91st minute. Here are RBNY's top fantasy performers of the night:
Dax McCarty (MID, 12 points): A very special performance was had by Dax in front of his hometown crowd. He assisted on both RBNY goals, added an offensive bonus point, two defensive bonus points and was able to keep Kaka under control, collecting a clean sheet in the process. The all-around effort give him my game ball (if I had a game ball to give.)
Sacha Kljestan (MID, 9 points): Kljestan has collected at least one point in three of his last four games. He added a goal on a strike from around 22 yards, curl neatly around Tally Hall. He added a bonus point offensively and was able to push up field a little better with Dax's defensive efforts.
Matt Miazga (DEF, 9 points): The now-20 year old (Happy Birthday, Matt) did it again for RBNY. The youngster has really increased his stock since returning from the U-20 World Cup, having scored at least 8 fantasy points in three of his last five games. He had the most points of a defense that kept a clean sheet. Honorable mention to the rest of the RBNY defense and goalkeeper, Luis Robles, who made four saves in the win.
The Red Bulls have a bye for league play, but will really have a busy week preparing for non-league tournaments.