After a poor result at home against FC Cincinnati, the New York Red Bulls had a huge turnaround as they tore down expansion side Inter Miami by a final of four goals to one.
The scoring started when Jared Stroud got fouled by Blaise Matuidi in the 13th minute while dribbling in the penalty area, earning a penalty. Mandela Egbo took the spot-kick and beat Luis Robles inside the far post to open the scoring.
“We’ve got a few guys on the team that take a lot of penalties and a few guys on the team that can take penalties very, very well.” said Egbo, “Danny [Royer] wasn’t on the pitch at the time and I just thought I am going to take the ball and see if anybody takes it from me.
“In the end, they’ve seen me take a few in training and they were confident I would put it in. I was happy with the lads especially Matti [Jorgensen] for letting me have it and I’m happy it went in.”
Late in the first half, former Red Bulls homegrown player Juan Agudelo was able to beat David Jensen to equalize the match. Yet that was all the danger that Inter Miami could muster as the second half exploded for the Red Bulls.
Brian White scored the first goal by a Red Bull striker in some time early in the second half. Ben Sweat coughed up the ball and, the Red Bulls went to work inside the Miami area. Florian Valot quickly finds Omir Fernandez and saw White, who put some distance from the defenders, then got a nice pass to convert the goal and regain the lead.
“Watching it back, I saw the ball and I think the ball came to Flo [Valot], Flo found Omir [Fernandez] and the way I play I like to stay alive in a box and stay in a position to where I can find the ball and score. Omir’s good at finding the open space the open guy and he just played a nice little ball and so all I had to do is one time it into the corner.” said White.
Late in the match, Ben Mines put home the third goal as Tom Barlow smashed a hard shot towards the net, but a big save by Robles kept it out momentarily. Mines was able to trail the play and slotted home the rebound for his first of the season; then, Daniel Royer converted in second-half stoppage-time to make it four goals to one.
Interim Head Coach Bradley Carnell had goosebumps inside the locker room as he felt the positive feelings from his players after that fantastic performance out at Ft. Lauderdale stadium.
“Yeah look I mean, first off, very excited, overjoyed by the win, the three points. The guys more than earned it. It was a tough first half, we got off to a good start, exactly how the game plan went, try to get Matti Jørgensen a lot of good looks behind their line, and we earned a penalty to set the tone for the game.” said Carnell, “Four goals, listen, you don’t get too high on four goals, it’s just three points. We just have to take this game in the right way and really react to this in a professional manner.
“This is our job for the coming couple of days and it’s a quick turnaround. We can enjoy this tonight on the way home on the plane, but tomorrow it’s back to work and we’ve got a tough opponent in Montreal. “.
It’s a quick turnaround for New York’s red as they face their former striker in Thierry Henry and his Montreal Impact on Sunday night.