Red Bulls take East, Shield lead after win over Impact


HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls managed to fend off the Montreal Impact in a wild 2-1 victory that saw three penalty kick calls from referee Ted Unkel.

Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slotting home a penalty opportunity that cost Ambroise Oyongo a red card and early exit from the match. Lloyd Sam doubled the lead just before halftime and Didier Drogba rounded out the scoring with a penalty conversion in the 68th minute.

The victory puts the Red Bulls atop the Eastern Conference (16-9-6, 54 pts.) and three points clear of the LA Galaxy in the Supporters’ Shield race with a game in hand.

The Red Bulls earned the first meaningful attempt on net in the ninth minute. Captain Dax McCarty sprung Mike Grella into open space on the far left side. The Long Island native’s attempt was stopped by a leaping Evan Bush.

Those efforts were squashed six minutes later. In his return to Red Bull Arena following an offseason trade, former Red Bull Ambroise Oyongo handed his old team an early gift — quite literally. The Cameroonian back got a hand on a Bradley Wright-Phillips shot destined for goal, setting up Kljestan for the penalty kick, which he struck true to put New York on top in the 15th.

Just over ten minutes later, a second penalty call fell in the Red Bulls favor, this time for a sloppy challenge in the box by Donny Toia on Lloyd Sam. Once again, Kljestan lined up the penalty opportunity, but a bit of gamesmanship from Drogba rattled the Red Bulls midfielder, sending the ensuing attempt off the fingertips of Bush and out of danger.

The Red Bulls doubled their lead five minutes from the half. A Lloyd Sam through ball deflected onto the path of Bradley Wright-Phillips who jukes Bush out of position. His shot deflected off of a defender, but Sam was there to bury the rebound with a floater that landed gently into the back of the net from 25 yards away.

Montreal answered on a breakaway two minutes later, but keeper Luis Robles stoned Drogba one-on-one to close the half.

Drogba still managed to put his mark on the match in the 65th minute. Lofting a dead ball to the far post from 30 yards out, the former Chelsea striker found Toia in breaking past Sam. The midfielder bundled a sloppy tackle in the area, earning Drogba a spot kick attempt which he buried past Robles to cut the lead in half.

Both Wright-Phillips brothers hit woodwork shortly there after, threatening to put New York ahead for good. Montreal fell short of threatening the home side, taking a loss at Red Bull Arena and further delaying their chase for a playoff spot.

The Red Bulls face Toronto FC on October 14th while the Impact take on the Colorado Rapids this weekend in their next attempt to secure their postseason ticket.

Scoring Summary:
NY – Sacha Kljestan (7) (Penalty Kick) 16′
NY – Lloyd Sam (10), 39′
MTL – Didier Drogba (Penalty Kick) 68′
Misconduct Summary:
MTL – Ambroise Oyongo (ejection, denying a goal scoring opportunity) 16′
MTL – Marco Donadel (caution, dissent) 27′
MTL – Donny Toia (caution, foul) 30′
NY – Ronald Zubar (caution, dissent) 66′
MTL – Lauren Ciman (caution, dissent) 71′
NY – Connor Lade (caution, foul) 76′
NY – Sal Zizzo (caution, foul) 89′
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Ronald Zubar, Sal Zizzo, Dax McCarty ©, Felipe (Sean Davis, 46′), Mike Grella (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 62′), Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam (Gonzalo Veron, 84′), Bradley Wright-Phillips
Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Ambroise Oyongo, Victor Cabrera (Patrice Bernier, 65′), Laurent Ciman ©, Donny Toia, Marco Donadel, Nigel Reo-Coker (Hassoun Camara, 46′), Eric Alexander (Calum Mallace, 55′), Dilly Duka, Dominic Oduro, Didier Drogba
Referee: Ted Unkel
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeff Muschik
4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivero
Attendance: 14,961


  • Dax has the most entertaining on-field mannerisms in the league. Oh, and SHIELD?!?!!

  • ThierryHenryNot

    I believe the penalty was called on Zubar for tackling Camara in the box. Hence the yellow card as well.

  • slowleftarm

    I could figure this out myself but too lazy. If they win in Toronto can they clinch the shield in the last-home game against Philly? Would like to avoid needing a result in Chicago since they have never won there.

    • slowleftarm

      Ok so if RBNY wins the next two, they’ll have 60 points. Dallas is the only other team that can get 60, if they win their last 3 they’ll have exactly 60 so need Dallas to drop points next Wednesday against Vancouver while RBNY win against Toronto. That would give RBNY an opportunity to clinch the shield at home against Philly on the 18th.

      • William

        doesn’t matter in the end does it they wont win they never win when will they win u seem to know all about everything so when huh ? WHENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN ??????????????????????????????????????

        cmon u are the gotcha guy don’t u wanna play the game guy ?

        • slowleftarm

          They won this trophy two years ago – are you too young to remember that?

          • William


            • what is wrong with you shut up

              • William

                oh yea u little putz

  • William

    didn’t u understand my question ? whennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn?

    • slowleftarm

      When did RBNY win the supporters shield? 2013. Thank you for your interest in the Kings of NY.

      • William

        When did they win the MLS CUP u effin moron ????????????????

        • slowleftarm

          Never but not sure what your point is. Why are you such an angry little fellow?

          • William

            not angry at all u just refused to answer the same question 13 times over not sure why – I guess not too bright really u little pipsqueak.

            • slowleftarm

              I’d be angry too if my hopes in life all depended on a minor league soccer team playing in a lacrosse stadium.