Through a Lens: Red Bulls-Orlando City

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, N.J. — After a tough defeat at Yankee Stadium against NYCFC last weekend, the Red Bulls got back on solid ground with a victory at home. Playing Dom Dwyer-less Orlando City, the Red Bulls began a difficult stretch of matches.

Despite Dwyer not being in the lineup, because of minor surgery on his nose, Orlando was hoping to regain form and remain in contention in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference standings.

The match began after a brief delay because of smoke in the arena from the pregame pyrotechnics and fireworks.

With a short turn around on Tuesday for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against FC Cincinnati, the Red Bulls look to carry momentum from the 3-1 win over Orlando into that match and advance to the final against Sporting KC.

Here’s a few images from the match:

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

New York Red Bulls and Orlando City players march out of the tunnel for the national anthem.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

The start of the match was delayed as a little fog and smoke lingered over the field.

 

Photograph by Matt KremkauThe Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan readies for a corner kick on Pride Night before 25,219 at Red Bull Arena.

 

Bradley-Wright Phillips scored the eventual game-winner for the Red Bulls

Bradley-Wright Phillips scored the eventual game-winner for the Red Bulls.

 

Photograph by Matt KremkauRed Bulls celebrate their second goal. Orlando goalie Joe Bendik was injured on the play.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

On the other end of the field, Luis Robles and the Red Bulls defense kept Orlando City from scoring after giving up the opening goal.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

After all the fog and smoke dissipated, the sunset lit up the sky above.

 

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Wright-Phillips controls a long pass as he makes his way into the Orlando City zone.

 

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Sean Davis celebrates a terrific goal from outside the box to complete the scoring.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

The match ended just as it began. With more fire, smoke and fog from a postgame fireworks display. The lack of wind and the high humidity made most of the display tough to see. Here’s one of the less smoke-filled images.