The New York Red Bulls have awoken and they are going vintage destruction on their opponents, especially an opponent who is usually so savy and smart with the ball that all of a sudden look lost and disinterested.
The Red Bulls started and ended this match with total domination on their minds and were able to attack and defend at will anything the Montreal Impact threw at them and came out with a four goal clean sheet victory to leap over Atlanta United for 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
Daniel Royer began and ended the scoring for the Red Bulls as he converted a penalty and scored a second goal inside the final minute of regulation. He earned his own spot kick in the 22nd minute as he chased the ball and Daniel Crepeau came off his line to wipe him out inside the area.
As Royer goes for the spot kick he made Crepeau dive to his left and scored on Crepeau’s right. The second goal for Royer came from the run of play and once again it was another fabulous ball from Derrick Etienne Jr. who fed it to him.
As he attacks the net Royer scores short side between Crepeau and the near post to earn his ninth and tenth goals of the season, at the same time he has scored in four straight league games with six in this stretch.
“I actually don’t want to talk about myself, I want to talk about this team effort because this whole team is doing great these past few weeks.” said Royer, “We’re dangerous and aggressive in the attack, we are compact defensively. It’s just fun to play and it’s a team effort and we are doing very good.”
Ever since Michael Murillo came over for the Red Bulls he was allowed to get comfortable slowly and for the last few games before going back to Panama for the Gold Cup, he has looked like he has played for many years with the Red Bulls.
Tonight he finally earned his reward with his first goal in Major League Soccer as he made it two goals to nil. After a corner was delivered, three Impact defenders looked for the ball and missed it as it fell to Royer. He goes around them and crosses it to Aaron Long.
After Long’s shot was blocked, the rebound came to Murillo and he toe pokes it inside the back post and he celebrates with his teammates on the other side of the end line. It was a magical moment to see the Red Bulls convert chances.
Bradley Wright-Phillips finally earned a tally of his own in this one and his second in two straight league games as he finally got his 11th of the season. Sacha Kljestan made a long cross to the opposite side and found Alex Muyl.
Then Muyl crosses the ball towards the Montreal net and BWP slides into the ball and stuck out his right boot to beat Crepeau and handedly. Not only was that his 80th career MLS Goal but his 89th in all competitions.
After everything that happened on the field tonight, Jesse Marsch is probably feeling very good and is ready for the next match in the Bronx against NYCFC.
“There’s clarity on the field, there’s alot of confidence so that’s good to see and I think we can get better.” said Marsch, “I think it’s been good lately and we’re all aware of the momentum that we have, the belief we have but I even think this thing can get better, sharper, cleaner.
So that’s our drive right now. We know as a group we’ve got a potentially huge week coming up so we can’t pat ourselves on our back too much and we need to find ways to get better that we keep the hunger and the drive to push the right buttons.”
That means watching the make up US Open Cup Quarterfinal match between FC Cincinnati & Miami FC to see where and when the Red Bulls travel for the Semi-Finals and once again heading to the Bronx next week and then in two weeks host Orlando City.
But right now it’s getting real good and the team in red is pushing all the right buttons to get the necessary points to climb the Eastern Conference Table. Even taking out a lifeless Montreal Impact side.