Courtesy of the New York Red Bulls
HARRISON, N.J. (April 29, 2016) – The New York Red Bulls defeated FC Dallas at Red Bull Arena on Friday evening, 4-0.Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the first half, while Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella and Felipe finished off the visitors with second half goals.
The victory propels New York into fourth place of the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-6-0 record. The Red Bulls are now 21-17-5 all-time versus Dallas and 12-8-2 all-time at home.
New York broke the deadlock in the 37th minute on a creative free kick. Two players stepped over the ball, Kljestan whipped in a cross to the back post and Sal Zizzo, alone in space, headed the ball to Sam for a close-range finish.
Kljestan doubled the Red Bulls’ lead in the 53rd minute. Dallas’ goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was caught off his line and Sam floated a shot from distance towards the open goal. The shot deflected off the crossbar, but fell to the charging Kljestan who buried the shot.
In the 71st minute, Grella scored his third goal of the season, thanks to an assist from Felipe. The Brazilian sliced in a cross to the Glen Cove native, who headed home for his third of the year, tied for most on the team with Felipe.
Defender Justin Bilyeu, New York’s first round draft pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, made his professional debut as an 80th minute substitute.
Felipe finished off the match with a strike from distance in the 83rd minute. Rookie Homegrown Player Alex Muyl passed off to the Brazilian who ripped his shot into the top left corner to seal the win. Muyl’s assist was the first of his professional career.
With Sam’s goal, the 20th of his career, he became just the fifth player in franchise history to total 20 goals and 20 assists for the Red Bulls. He joins the company of Thierry Henry, Clint Mathis, Amado Guevara and Dane Richards.
Goalkeeper Luis Robles, the franchise record holder for shutouts, earned the first clean sheet of the season. The shutout was the 29th of his Red Bulls career.
New York hits the road for two more Friday night matches, a rematch with Orlando City SC on May 6, and the first meeting of 2016 with D.C. United on May 13. Both matches will be on UniMas and Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn. All of the broadcasts are available in English and Spanish.
The Red Bulls are next home on Wednesday, May 18, against the Chicago Fire at 7:30 p.m.