Late Allen goal puts RSL over Red Bulls

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

A reserve-laden New York Red Bulls side nearly put a scare into hosts Real Salt Lake, but the home side found their way to victory.

After Gideon Baah gave the visiting Red Bulls the lead in the 7′, Real Salt Lake answered with goals from Yura Movsisyan and Jordan Allen in the final 25 minutes to give RSL the victory.

“I’m really happy with how the guys played. They through a lot at it. It was a short turnaround. I put some newer guys on the field. I thought a lot of them had a good game. In the end, we give up the goal and its a dicey game at 1-1,” head coach Jesse Marsch said. “We are trying to hang on and to give up a deflection goal is unlucky.

“I am really happy with the overall effort and disappointed for them that we couldn’t get the result.”

The congested schedule meant changes to a normally predictable Red Bulls lineup. Anatole Abang, Gideon Baah, Justin Bilyeu, Sean Davis, Alex Muyl and Gonzalo Veron all earned starts, with the likes of Dax McCarty, Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips watching from the bench.

Baah put the Red Bulls up in the 7′ with a poorly contested header off of a Sean Davis corner kick. The Red Bulls continued their press throughout the first half, but RSL fought back in an even opening 45 minute stanza.

Real Salt Lake took the lead in the 65′ off of a Yura Movsisyan header. John Stertzer picked out the former Spartak Moscow striker between Chris Duvall and Aurelien Collin for the calm finish. Replays, however, showed Movsisyan could have been offside on the play. It’s Movsisyan’s sixth goal of the season.

Controlling the pace and tempo in the final quarter of the match, RSL broke through in the 88′ — thanks to Jordan Allen and Chris Duvall. Tony Beltran sent a rolling cross into the box, finding Allen on the far end. Allen’s shot took a deflection off of Duvall, putting the ball past a diving Luis Robles.

Controversy marred the final moments of the match as Collin was given a straight red for his tackle on Joao Plata. Replays, however, show Collin’s behind-the-back tackle was all ball, and Plata’s embellishment sold the rest. It is unknown whether the Red Bulls will contest the red card call.

The loss ends New York’s five match unbeaten run and their five match shutout streak. Their road trip continues this Saturday as they face the Columbus Crew.

Scoring Summary:
NY – Gideon Baah (2) (Sean Davis) 7′
RSL – Yura Movsisyan (6) (John Stertzer) 65′
RSL – Jordan Allen (3) 88′
Misconduct Summary:
NY – Lloyd Sam (caution, foul) 6′
NY – Aurelien Collin (caution, foul) 8′
RSL – Javier Morales (caution, foul) 45′
NY – Aurelien Collin (ejection, foul) 90′
NY – Sean Davis (caution, unsporting behavior) 90′
RSL – Yura Movsisyan (caution, dissent) 90+2′
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Justin Bilyeu, Gideon Baah, Aurelien Collin, Sal Zizzo, Felipe, Sean Davis, Gonzalo Veron (Chris Duvall, 63′), Lloyd Sam, Alex Muyl (Sacha Kljestan, 77′), Anatole Abang (Bradley Wright-Phillips, 67′)
TOTAL SHOTS: 6; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 19; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 1.
 
Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Demar Phillips, Aaron Maund, Sunday Stephen (John Stertzer, 14′), Javier Morales, Luke Mulholland (Jordan Allen, 60′), Juan Manual Martinez (Olmes Garcia, 84′), Joao Plata, Yura Movsisyan
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 2.
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Cameron Blanchard
4th Official: Allen Chapman
Attendance: 18,036