Andrés Reyes opened the scoring and Cory Burke scored the game-winner as New York Red Bulls beat CF Montréal, 2-1, on a rainy Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.
Reyes put the ball in the back of the next following a deflected ball off a corner kick service from John Tolkin.
Reyes scored his second goal of the season, and the fourth in his MLS career.
"We’ve been working toward it since preseason and now we’re finally coming through," Reyes said. "We can do it."
GOAL: Andrés Reyes, NY Red Bulls - 23rd minute
Burke collected a pass from Cristian Cásseres Jr. inside the 18-yard-box, staying onside in the process, and finished off the goal. The goal was called back for offside, with referee Drew Fischer heading to Video Review before finally confirming the goal.
"It was an important one for me to score at home in front of the home fans," Burke said. "I've been working on myself to try my best each game to help this team. I know where we are on the table. We need to start winning more games to make a push to go up top to put ourselves in a better position for the playoffs."
Burke’s goal was his second in MLS this season, and the 27th of his MLS Career.
The assist from Casseres Jr. on the goal was his second of the season, and the 19th of his MLS Career.
GOAL: Cory Burke, NY Red Bulls - 38th minute
Montréal had tied it off a set piece earlier in the match, but RBNY were able to battle right back and take the lead into halftime.
New York leads MLS for the most points at home since 2010 with 436. Since 2015, New York is 104-21-27 when scoring the first goal of the match. New York is now 3-0-1 in their last four matches across all competitions under Head Coach Troy Lesesne.
"Our players have taken on the accountability, and that's the difference, ultimately," Lesesne said.
HIGHLIGHTS: New York Red Bulls vs. CF Montréal | May 21, 2023
New York moves on to face FC Cincinnati on May 23rd in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16 with a kickoff time set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena. Coverage will be on New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app and NewYorkRedBulls.com.
"It's good momentum, good home victories," Sean Nealis said. "It's like you said: two in a row. I think we want to keep building on it. We have another game against Cincinnati in the Open Cup this week. The guys fought tonight from the start and I think they're up for the challenge. It's a big three points."