The New York Red Bulls gained another three points Sunday night as they impressively dismantled the Montreal Impact, 4-1. Tom Barlow found the net twice in the first half with Daniel Royer and Kaku providing insurance goals in the second. The victory sees the club currently holding on to the last conference playoff spot, still tied on points with NYCFC at 20.
The Red Bulls have scored 8 goals in their last two matches. This comes after being shutout three of their previous four fixtures.
Montreal started the scoring off in the 4th minute with a thunder strike from Bojan Krkic from nearly 30 yards out. The Spain product took the pass down with his left foot and cut with his right. The kick he produced, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer would’ve had trouble saving. The strike flew by Bulls keeper David Jensen and found net in the top left hand corner. After that, it was all New York.
Tom Barlow delivered the answering call in the 14th minute. Using his chest to receive a pinpoint cross from Mandela Egbo, he slotted it past the Impact’s Clement Diop to level up the score at 1 a piece.
Twenty minutes later, Barlow struck a second time. Cristian Casseres Jr. crossed the ball towards the 6 yard line. Royer received and backheeled a perfect ball to an awaiting Barlow, who sent it to the back of the net.
The Red Bulls then widened the gap with two second half goals, two minutes apart. Kaku sent a delicious pass to Royer just outside the box. Royer then instinctively turned to his right and fired from distance. The ball beat Diop’s diving attempt to save it.
A minute later, Royer returned the favor as he crossed the ball to about the penalty spot. An unmarked Kaku let it fly and put it past the outstretched hands of the Montreal goalkeeper.
Edited by Nick Sbordone