Sunday, April 29, 2018

Red Bulls Win In LA; Update On Lawrence & Duncan


The Red Bulls got a late penalty kick goal from Kaku to earn a 3-2 win over the Galaxy in Los Angeles.

The Red Bulls improve to 4-3-0, with 12 points, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just two points out of third place. The LA Galaxy dropped to 3-4-1, 10 points, and they are in fifth in the West.

This was the Red Bulls' first road win in league play as they bounced back from a loss for the third time this season.
The Red Bulls recorded their fifth three-goal match of the season and fourth in the last five matches. It was their third consecutive road match decided by just one goal.
It didn't take long for the Red Bulls to get on the board. In the seventh minute, Kaku found Bradley Wright-Phillips deep in Galaxy territory, and he dribbled towards the end line and sent a sharp pass across the box to Daniel Royer, who finished to give the Red Bulls the 1-0 lead.
Early in the secnd half, Wright-Phillips found himself in a similar situation, as he sent a cross to the middle of the box for Florian Valot, who also cashed in a one timer to make it 2-0 Red Bulls in the 49th minute.
LA responded in the 59th minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent a through ball into the 18-yard box for Ola Kamara, who took one touch and snuck a low shot underneath the reach of Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to make it 2-1 Red Bulls.
Soon after in the 66th minute, Ibrahimovic was at it again.
Ibrahimovic swung in a corner kick that found the head of Dave Romney, who redirected the kick into the box and Giovani Dos Santos finished to the near post for the equalizer, 2-2, in the 66th.
In the 84th minute, the Red Bulls were given a penalty kick. Kaku took the kick and finished to the left post for the game-winning goal.
After scoring the first goal for the Red Bulls on February 22 against CD Olimpia, Royer ended his league goal-drought with his first of the season.
Valot and Kaku raised their career league goal totals to two, respectively.
Wright-Phillips has tallied a point in three consecutive matches. He has two goals and two assists during that span.
This was the first career multi-assist league match for both Wright-Phillips and Kaku.
Red Bulls Head coach Jesse Marsch improved to 52-34-23 at the helm in New York. Marsch also raised his away record at New York to 15-26-14.
This was the Red Bulls' 13th different starting XI this season across all competitions, and they are 41-35-20 all-time in the month of April. The Red Bulls have tallied 132 goals and have allowed 116 in the fourth month of the year.
Next Saturday, the Red Bulls host NYCFC in the first Hudson River Derby of the season at Red Bull Arena at 2 pm.

Red Bulls Roster News:

Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence has received his United States Green Card and no longer occupies an international spot on the Red Bulls roster. Additionally, Homegrown defender Kyle Duncan has been placed on season-ending injury reserve.
Lawrence, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, joined the Red Bulls in 2015 and has been a mainstay at outside back, making 71 appearances in MLS with two goals and 10 assists. The left back is also an integral part of the Jamaican National Team, representing the Reggae Boyz in every major tournament, with 45 senior team appearances since 2014.
Duncan, 20, recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. Duncan suffered the injury in an early April match against Orlando City SC. The New York native had started all four MLS matches up to that point.
"The injury was unfortunate for Kyle, but this move gives us flexibility to add to our roster," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. "Kyle's surgery went well and he has already started rehab work with our training staff. Now Kyle can focus on returning to full health, and we look forward to seeing him back on the field."

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