HARRISON, N.J. (April 24, 2016) - The New York Red Bulls were victorious on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena in a comeback win against Orlando City SC, 3-2. Mike Grella tallied the opening goal and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice for New York.
Orlando pounced on the Red Bulls in the third minute with a goal from Cyle Larin. Rafael Ramos connected with Larin, who flicked in the goal to provide the visitors an early lead.
The Red Bulls struck back in the 65th minute when Sacha Kljestan fed Grella at the back post.
The forward kept his composure and coolly curled his shot into the far corner of the goal to tie the game.
Four minutes later, New York completed the comeback in the 69th minute. Grella floated a cross to the back post where Wright-Phillips stabbed the ball into the back of the net with his right boot.
The goal was his first of the season and gave the Red Bulls their first lead of the game.
In the 75th minute, the Red Bulls doubled their lead. Sam centered a low-driven cross from the right flank and Wright-Phillips tapped in the eventual game-winner at the top of the six-yard-box to extend the lead, 3-1.
Orlando pulled one back in the 84th minute when Karl Ouimette registered an own goal on a corner kick, but the Red Bulls hung on and earned three-points at home for the second time this season.
With the win, New York improved to 2-6-0 and eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls moved to 2-1-0 all-time against Orlando City, and 1-1-0 against the Lions at Red Bull Arena.
Prior to the match, Luis Robles was honored for his record-breaking 113 consecutive starts and full 90 minutes played with an honorary trophy, made of the original iron used to build Red Bull Arena, signifying his ironman record. Kevin Hartman, who formerly held the record with 112 consecutive starts and 90 minutes played, was in attendance to present Robles with his award.
The goalkeeper extended his streak to 114 consecutive starts and full 90 minutes played with another full 90 minutes played tonight.
The New York Red Bulls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first home match on Sunday, April 24, in a special pre-game ceremony, with a presentation from the club and Red Members.
New York honored alumni from the 1996 MetroStars team, as well as the 2006 Red Bulls team. Original MetroStars Tab Ramos, Miles Joseph, Rob Johnson and Edmundo Rodriguez were in attendance, along with Jordan Cila, Steve Jolley, Mark Lisi, Seth Stammler and John Wolyniec representing the 2006 Red Bulls team.
In support of spinal cord injury research, the New York Red Bulls hosted Wings for Life Night. Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed in an October 2010 college football game and has been at the forefront of raising awareness and funds for spinal cord injury research, was honored for his efforts during the pre-game festivities.
Orlando City SC 2 (2-2-3), New York Red Bulls 3 (2-6-0)
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Red Bull Arena - Harrison, N.J.
- ORL - Cyle Larin (4) (Rafael Ramos, Julio Baptista) 3'
- NY - Mike Grella (2) (Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam) 65'
- NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips (1) (Mike Grella, Dax McCarty) 69'
- NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips (2) (Lloyd Sam, Sacha Kljestan) 75'
- ORL - own goal (Karl Ouimette) 84'
- NY - Dax McCarty (caution, unsporting behavior) 50'
- ORL - Carlos Rivas (caution, unsporting behavior 82'
- ORL - Seb Hines (caution, unsporting behavior) 90'+3
- ORL - Cristian Higuita (caution, unsporting behavior) 90'+4
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Kemar Lawrence, Ronald Zubar, Karl Ouimette, Sal Zizzo (Chris Duvall, 89'), Mike Grella, Felipe, Lloyd Sam (Alex Muyl, 86'), Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty © (Sean Davis, 80'), Bradley Wright-Phillips
TOTAL SHOTS: 25; SHOTS ON GOAL: 10; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 5; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 1.
Orlando City: Joe Bendik; Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos, Tommy Reading, Brek Shea, Cristian Higuita, Kevin Molino, Adrian Winter (Hadji Barry, 77'), Darwin Ceren ©, Julio Baptista (Carlos Rivas, 64'), Cyle Larin
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 6.
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Corey Rockwell, James Conlee
4th Official: Mark Kadlecik
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