The New York Red Bulls have started their 3-game away stretch with a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake. Cristian Cásseres Jr. scored the lone goal for the reds in the 13th minute. The three points looked all but guaranteed until Damir Kreilach scored a late equalizer in stoppage time.
Real Salt Lake looked the dominant side the majority of the game, maintaining 64% possession and allowing the Red Bulls only 2 shots on goal the entire match. Except one of those shots was a magisterial strike from Cásseres Jr. in the 13th minute. After a poor clearance by Real Salt Lake, the ball was calmly chested down by the young forward. Shaking off one defender, he let loose a thunder strike of a right footed effort which squeezed past two center backs and found the bottom left corner of the goal.
The defenders of New York put in one valiant shift today. Real Salt Lake looked hungry to score all game, high pressing the Red Bulls and finishing the game with 21 total shots. If it were not for the quick thinking of Kyle Duncan and Sean David coming to the aid of goalkeeper David Jensen with goal line clearances, the final score line could have looked very different.
New York looked to be walking out of Rio Tinto Stadium with the win and all three points until Aaron Herrera curled a gorgeous cross to the far post, 6 yards out. Due to poor marking from Tim Parker, Damir Kreilach was able to forcefully head the ball past Jensen, who was grounded to the spot.
The winning goal would not come for either team and both teams walk away with a single hard fought point. The road trip continues for the boys in red as they visit Minnesota United for a Sunday night clash, followed by a trip to sunny Florida and an Inter Miami side who are still searching for the club’s first victory.
By Nicholas Sbordone