Earlier in the week, the New York Red Bulls knew they had a tough challenge ahead against Toronto, despite their record. The Red Bulls did not want to overlook TFC, despite the team dealing with some key injuries to their top players.
"I know Toronto has had a difficult stretch, but the talk all week was that we’re not going to be the team that they turn it around with so we did our best to neutralize them," Captain Luis Robles said.
Robles, had one of his best matches of the season, saving a season-high eight shot attempts, including a penalty kick by Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, which as Robles knows very well, isn't the easiest to stop.
"I was fortunate that the ball was in a place that I could save it because even if I guess right, if the ball is blasted hard enough, it still goes in," Robles said.
The lone score of the night came off the foot of Kemar Lawrence, who for the second straight match notched a goal.
After the match, Lawrence spoke about the importance of getting the road win in Toronto.
"Coming in here you have to respect them being the Champions, but you know that you can’t stop running and playing your game," Kemar Lawrence said. "Today, the game was in the balance throughout, but we managed to come out with three points and good teams find ways to win, doesn’t matter the location."
Head coach Jesse Marsch acknowledged how this wasn't the best game played by the Red Bulls, but raved about the character of the team, and being able to get a road win despite not playing their best.
"That’s what we said afterwards, that even though we weren’t playing our best there was still belief that we were going to get the result," Marsch said. "A little bit of luck in there too for sure, but there’s confidence in this group about stepping onto the field and finding a way to get results even on the road. It speaks about the character, the belief, the quality we have and the way we play."
The next road test will come Sunday, July 8, against New York City FC, at Yankee Stadium, for round three of the New York Derby.