Red Bulls roll past FAS for first ever CCL victory

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Following a five year absence, the New York Red Bulls earned a crucial first-ever victory in their return to the CONCACAF Champions League as they dispatched Salvadorian side CD FAS 2-0.

Coming off of a massive league win on Saturday, head coach Mike Petke deployed a lineup that featured some seldom-used reserves alongside his first-team regulars.

Though a meager scoreline in the end, the Red Bulls created countless chances throughout the course of the match. Featuring in much of the action was newcomer Saer Sene who earned his first start for New York. The former New England forward made his presence felt early as he bagged the game’s opening goal in the 11th minute. Rookie Ambroise Oyongo did well to create space down the left wing and sent a cross in to Tim Cahill. The Australian expertly nodded down for Sene who made no mistake to stake the Red Bulls to the only goal they would need.

After the likes of Sene and Cahill squandered chance after chance in the first half, New York finally earned some breathing room in the 70th minute. Peguy Luyindula picked up the ball in the attacking third and found the run of Lloyd Sam down the right wing. Atoning for his miss just minutes earlier, Sam made this chance count as he fired to the near post to double New York’s advantage.

Despite the missed opportunities by New York throughout, Petke was content with the win and the performance of his squad.

“It was a good result for us, obviously,” Petke stated. “A shutout, two goals. Overall, I’m pleased. I think that we could’ve had quite a bit more goals, so I guess I’m satisfied that we got ourselves in that position to have had those goals. Maybe I’m a little angry that we didn’t put them away. But overall I think the team, at times, did very well.”

New York resume CCL play on September 17th with a road trip to Montreal. Next up for the Red Bulls is a trip down to the nation’s capital for a crucial matchup with the conference leading D.C. United on Sunday.