Larin hat trick leads Orlando in upset win over Red Bulls



HARRISON, N.J. – Cyle Larin is one name the New York Red Bulls will soon not forget.

The rookie Lions forward scored three on the Red Bulls, leading Orlando to a 5-2 upset victory at Red Bull Arena in front of an announced crowd of 20,695 fans.

“I think it was a combination of a few things. We knew they were a good team and we knew they would come in here and try to win, so we were prepared for a tough game,” Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty said after the match. “We were pretty poor on the night, defensively, all over the field. I think our pressure was a little off. We weren’t winning the ball high up the field like we usually do, but then again, when you let a team score every time they come down the field into your defensive half, it’s going to be a long night.”

Larin opened the scoring in the 23rd minute; his first of two in the first half. His third of the night put Orlando up two in the second, and the Lions didn’t look back.

The young Canadian forward quelled the high-pressure Red Bull attack in the first half with a perfect headed finish from a Kaka service. New York answered back five minutes later with a perfect dead ball sequence featuring a Sacha Kljestan delivery, a Matt Miazga re-direct — and an emphatic finish by team captain Dax McCarty.

As New York re asserted their high press, Orlando once again slapped the home side back on the counter. Kaka put Carlos Rivas through, beating Connor Lade on the right and finding Larin in stride to retake the lead.

Up a goal at half, New York offered their guests a gift. Once again, Rivas sent a searching cross to Larin. However, defender Damien Perrinelle’s sliding clearance attempt put the ball in behind Luis Robles to pad Orlando’s lead.

With the match slipping, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch subbed Gonzalo Veron into the match for Felipe — a prescient move from the club manager. Minutes into his shift, the young Argentine playmaker played Lloyd Sam in on goal to cut Orlando’s lead to one.

That lead was short lived thanks to Larin. Just three minutes from the Red Bulls goal, Larin beat Robles on a Rivas feed to regain the two goal differential. Bryan Rochez added a goal at the death to round Orlando to five goals.

After a thoroughly humiliating and extremely rare beating at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls continue their homestand, taking on Columbus on Saturday, October 3rd.


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  • Connor “need a new RB” Lade

  • Total poo poo game. That said, it happens to every team–even trophy contenders/winners–especially in a parity league. Very much a head-to-wall night though.

  • Speed kills and RB have never been equipped to handle it. Season will be over soon for them, and Ali plan no. 2 from Mars will go into effect.

    • Ali C is my man

      Yes Kaka is like Bolt.

  • Anonymous

    Larin showed what Orlando could have had if he had not received a phantom ejection in the NYRB-ORL match earlier in the season.

  • Maso

    What was with a red bull player who got a yellow card while on the bench? Marsch has to stop yelling at refs. He is paid to coach and not get thrown out of games.

  • Poor team showing – disastrous showing by Lade. Paging Sal Zizzo.

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