Sunday, Jul 3, 2022. 9:36 PM
(Update : Sunday, Jul 3, 2022. 10:41 PM)
The New York Red Bulls overcame Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Sunday to top the MLS Eastern Conference standings, two points ahead of CF Montreal.
Red Bulls captain Aaron Long scored the game’s lone goal after a 53rd minute deflection.
New York has 32 points in the standings, with a record of 9-5-5 after 19 games, two more than the Montreal team (9-6-2).
The Red Bulls managed to preserve their slender one-goal lead despite being down ten men in the 73rd minute when Sean Nealis was shown a red card.
Sporting generated plenty of chances to score in the nine minutes of added time, but the hosts managed to hold on, especially when defender John Tolkin saved the ball at the goal line.
For its part, the Philadelphia Union is ironed a point in front of the CFM thanks to a draw of 0-0 against the Columbus Crew. Wilfried Nancy’s men, however, played one game less.
The Union owes a debt of gratitude to its keeper who blocked all of the Crew’s attacks. In the 20th minute of play, Andre Blake notably had to stand out on a penalty from Pedro Santos. Blake threw himself to his right to make a superb save and preserve the equality of 0-0.
Blake once again showed he was in great shape early in the second half with another diving save.
Later in the match, Lucas Zelarayan thought he would open the scoring for the Crew, but the goal was disallowed due to offside.
Union tried to strike late in the second half when Julian Carraza unleashed a low shot, but saw Eloy Room make the save nicely while he was on the ground.
Philadelphia will return to action on Friday against DC United, against whom the team will try to find the way to victory. Philadelphia suffered a 1-0 loss to the Fire last week.
Elsewhere in MLS
New York City FC 2 – Atlanta United 2
NYC : Valentin Castellanos scored the two goals for New York (37′ and 58′)
ATL : Josef Martinez (56′) and Dom Dwyer (86′) hit the target
New England 2 – Cincinnati 2
N-A : Dylan Borrero (30′) and Gustavo Bou (55′) scored the two goals for the NA
FCC : After an own goal from Henry Kessler (NA), it was Brenner (73′) who completed the scoring for Cincinnati
Minnesota 3 – Salt Lake 2
MIN : Emanuel Reynoso scored twice (9′), (45’+3′) by scoring the first two goals of the match in the first half.
RSL : Jefferson Savarino (71′) and Anderson Julio (76′) provided the answer in the camp of Real Salt Lake
Nashville 2 – Portland 2
NAS :Sean Davis and Hany Mukhtar gave Nashville a 2-0 lead.
BY : Dairon Asprilla (64′) reduced the gap by scoring on a penalty. Jaroslaw Niezgoda (69′) tied the game 5 minutes later.
Houston 1 – Charlotte 2
NEW : Matías Vera (28 ‘) scored an own goal and Fabrice-Jean Picault allowed Houston to give a sign of life with a goal in the 81st minute of play.
CLT : This is the first victory in the history of the expansion club Charlotte FC on the opposing grounds.
San Jose 2- Chicago 1
SJ : Benjamin Kikanovic (47′, 87′) scored twice as the Earthquakes slipped away with victory.
CHI : Brian Gutiérrez (90′ + 5′) found the back of the net in added time, but it was not enough to win.