Once again results in other games went the Red Bulls way, but sadly they couldn’t get any form of points as the Red Bulls fall to the 2017 Supporters Shield winners in Toronto FC by a final of four goals to two.
Right away there was an issue in the 32nd minute as Toronto FC’s opening goal went thru VAR. Jozy Altidore tracks the ball towards the Red Bulls net and as he heads it towards the middle of the area Tosaint Ricketts created the moment for VAR.
As the ball bounced towards him and Robles, Ricketts hands extended away from his body in an un-natural position and the ball deflected off his hands to Justin Morrow who scored the his first on his hat trick night.
As Allen Chapman was contacted by Video Assistant Referee to take a look at the goal, he watched the video screen and after a couple of seconds came back to say the goal was good.
Morrow would earn his second of the match five minutes later as Michael Bradley took advantage of the chaos by the New York Defenders and when his pass was intercepted by Tyler Adams, the ball deflected off his foot to Morrow and he scored his second.
But Gonzalo Veron was a big difference in this match as he started with a goal and created a penalty to get the Red Bulls back in this contest. In the 39th minute Royer attacked with Adams and laid off a great ball to Veron who pulled one back.
Then the penalty happened in the 76th minute a Veron got a nice ball and attacked down the far side of the penalty area and got tripped up, Chapman with no hesitation pointed to the spot and Daniel Royer in the next minute back from injury chips the spot kick right down the middle to make it two all.
But sadly the Red Bulls would give a penalty back to TFC and they were behind again in the 79th minute as Victor Vazquez made Robles go the wrong way. The Morrow’s Hat trick goal in second half stoppage time started the party inside BMO Field as Toronto FC earned their first ever supporters shield.
“Yeah man we fight so hard, we play so hard and we just can’t seem to reward ourselves and we can’t seem to prevent ourselves from making mistakes.” said Jesse Marsch, “Unfortunately in our sport, right, you can play well, dictate much of the game, be the better team for much of the match and then not make plays on both ends and then that’s ultimately what it comes down to.
That’s what we are, and I’ll tell you it’s a hard thing to understand how to clean up, but I’m tasked with that. I’ve got to help this group help themselves because there’s a lot of good things happening but a lot of things, small little errors that cost us in big ways.”
There was some positives out on the field for the Red Bulls as Gonzalo Veron continues to improve his play and looking more comfortable in each and every match, either as a starter or coming off the bench. In three consecutive matches he has drawn a penalty and all three have been converted either by him or someone else.
Tyler Adams continues to improve match in, match out as he is an engine that continues to run well and a possible National Team player after the short second Bruce Arena era will come to an end.
But as always the results are not what you want to see right now as this club winless in these last nine matches and they have three big tests coming in the month of October. The Whitecaps are coming and the Red Bulls have only beaten them once in the last seasons including the CONCACAF Champions League this past February.