Miller strike sparks Red Bulls to 3-0 win over Impact

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU, EMPIRE OF SOCCER

The New York Red Bulls picked up their second victory of the offseason and their first in Disney Classic competition, following the lead of goal scorer Roy Miller to take down the Montreal Impact 3-0.

The Costa Rican left back, who has never scored in any competition in a New York Red Bull uniform over the course of his three years with the team, managed to find the back of the net courtesy of a brilliant lead pass from forward Thierry Henry at the 45th minute. Second half substitutes Ruben Bover and Bradley Wright-Phillips padded the scoreline to end the match.

New York promised a deeper look at potential starters, and it showed. Once again, Henry lined up with Tim Cahill at forward. Jonny Steele and Eric Alexander book-ended the wings, with Dax McCarty and Peguy Luyindula working the middle. Jamison Olave and Ibrahim Sekagya formed the centerback pairing with the aforementioned Miller and newcomer Richard Eckersley on the wings.

The Impact enjoyed the better of play and possession in the first half. Playmaker Felipe found space just outside the box in the eighth minute, taking advantage of a flatfooted Olave, ripping a shot on net which Luis Robles did well to stop. Minutes later, it was Marco Di Vaio who found space in the area but his attempt fell wide.

Montreal managed to break down New York’s midfield throughout large stretches, forcing Henry into retrieval mode while disrupting the Red Bulls offensive rhythm.

Miller’s goal just before halftime changed all of that. With only Kosuke Kimura and Ryan Meara coming in as substitutes to start the second half for Robles and Eckersley, New York continued with their momentum. After a wholesale change featuring Armando, Matt Miazga, Michael Bustamante, Ruben Bover, Lloyd Sam, Eric Stevenson & Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo, New York found the separation they needed.

Sam dished a pass to Bover just outside of the box. The Spanish midfielder ripped a shot on net in the 67th minute to double New York’s lead. Minutes later, it would be another substitute, Andre Akpan, finding a loose ball in the box and redirecting the effort towards Bradley Wright-Phillips for the tap in a minute later.

Montreal would have no answers against a lop-sided scoreline.

The result gives New York a 2-1-1 record this preseason, with their previous victory coming against the Philadelphia Union. They face the final group stage match of the Disney Classic this Wednesday against the U-23 side of Brazilian powerhouse, Fluminense, before entering the playoff round.

Scoring Summary:
NY: Roy Miller 1 (Thierry Henry 1) 45’
NY: Ruben Bover 1 (Lloyd Sam 1) 68’
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips 1 (Andre Akpan 1) 69’

Disciplinary Summary:
MTL: Collen Warner (caution) 35’
MTL: Andres Romeo (caution) 42’
NY: Dax McCarty (caution) 49’
MTL: Hernan Bernardello (caution) 50’

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles (Ryan Meara 46’), Richard Eckersley (Kosuke Kimura 46’), Jamison Olave (Armando 63’), Ibrahim Sekagya (Matt Miazga 63’), Roy Miller (Ambroise Oyongo* 65’), Eric Alexander (Lloyd Sam 65’), Dax McCarty (Ruben Bover 63’), Peguy Luyindula (Michael Bustamante 63’), Jonny Steele (Eric Stevenson* 65’), Tim Cahill (Andre Akpan 68’), Thierry Henry (Bradley Wright-Phillips 68’)

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush, Hassoun Camara (Calum Mallace 4’), Wandrille Lefevre, Matteo Ferrari, Eric Miller (Maxim Tissot 73’), Collen Warner, Hernan Bernardello (Patrice Bernier 70’), Justin Mapp (Victor Ndiaye* 63’), Felipe (Santiago Gonzalez 72’), Andres Romero (Sanna Nyassi 46’), Marco Di Vaio (Andrew Wenger 63’)

* – Guest Player