First MLS Goal for Dante Vanzeir Secures Three Points


The New York Red Bulls found the game winner in the 86th minute, when defender John Tolkin served a cross to the far post and forward Dante Vanzeir volleyed the ball into the back of the net.

"It's great. I think it's the moment we were all waiting for, especially for myself," Vanzeir said. "That's a great start. First victory at home, first goal, that's a good moment to keep going."

Vanzeir scored his first career MLS goal, after coming on in the 75th minute.

"We can see that his mechanisms, he directs some players in different directions and their good moves, he has good mobility and, in the end, he knows in which position he can come and score moments," Head Coach Gerhard Struber said.

Tolkin has recorded an assist in back-to-back matches.

"His play was very sexy," Struber said of Tolkin's pass. 

 The Chatham, NJ native has tallied seven career MLS assists.

"I didn't know if he saw me, I'm sure he did," Vanzeir said. "It was a great cross. I was trying to think where he would cross it, and thank God it went in."

Cristian Cásseres, Jr., who played the ball to Tolkin, tallied his first assist of the season and the 18th assist of his MLS career. The Venezuelan midfielder has recorded seven assists in his last 10 MLS regular season matches.

"This goal is going to be really important for him," Luquinhas said, who also scored on the night to level the match. "When I arrived here, I wanted to start scoring goals and these make myself more confident, so it's going to give confidence to Dante as well. And not just for Dante, but for the whole group."

"A lot of emotions went through me," Vanzeir said. "First of all, I think just three points at home for me was the biggest thing. And then, I don't know, I was just celebrating and enjoying the moment. We needed this as a team."