POST-GAME NOTES: New York Red Bulls 2, Seattle Sounders 0

NOTES

  • The New York Red Bulls defeated the Seattle Sounders, 2-0 on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. Mike Grella scored twice, while Luis Robles stopped three shots and New York recorded a fifth consecutive shutout, and fourth straight in MLS league play.
  • Per Opta, it is the first time New York has kept four clean straight MLS clean sheets since 2006, when the team recorded six straight shutouts.
  • The Red Bulls are now 7-7-1 on the season and are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference with 22 points after a 1-6-0 start to the season. New York is 6-1-1 over its last seven matches, and has won four straight in MLS. Philadelphia leads the East with 23 points (6-4-5).
  • At the same point last season en route to the Supporters' Shield, New York had 20 points (5-5-5) through 15 games.
  • New York is 4-4-3 all-time against Seattle, including a 3-1-2 mark in games played at Red Bull Arena.
  • Mike Grella put New York ahead in the 18th minute. After Sacha Kljestan shook a defender on the left side, he curled in a shot that beat Stefan Frei but rang off the goal post. The rebound fell to Grella for the put-back.
  • Grella got his second in the 59th minute, chipping Frei after being played through the defense by a pair of quick passes from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam. Sam’s pass was partially blocked by a defender, but Grella was able to collect and continue towards the charging Seattle ‘keeper.
  • Grella, a Long Island native, now has six goals on the season. It is the second multi-game of his New York career, and first this season.
  • Luis Robles was credited with three saves as the Sounders launched 16 shots toward the Red Bulls’ goal.
  • Luis Robles and the Red Bulls have a shutout streak of 407 minutes in MLS play, just five minutes short of the longest streak in MLS this season. The Red Bulls have held opponents scoreless for the last five competitive matches, including U.S. Open Cup. The scoreless streak across all competitions is now 497 minutes. The last goal New York allowed was in the 43rd minute of a 2-0 loss to D.C. United on May 13.
  • New York used five defenders for the last half hour, with Aurelien Collin subbing on for Sacha Kljestan in the 61st minute.
  • The Red Bulls head out for a three-game road swing with two matches this week at Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, June 22 (10 p.m.) and at Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, June 25 (7:30 p.m.) Coverage of both games this week will be on MSG and Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.
  • The Red Bulls are next home for a friendly against Liga MX side Club America on July 6, and host the Portland Timbers on Sunday, July 10.
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