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RBNY come back to beat NYCFC on bizarre call by refs (video)

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The game in 200 words (or less): The New York Red Bulls erased a very early deficit to come from behind and beat New York City FC in the 2019 season’s first Hudson River derby, but it’s the circumstances in which they did so that will be talked about most over the next few days. For video, and few possible theories about what actually happened and what the referees decided, head to the 60th minute below. For further context about what Sunday’s result means, keep reading. The victory sends the Red Bulls (31 points) all the way up to third place in the Eastern Conference, up from sixth where they began the day. The trail the first-place Philadelphia Union by five points. NYCFC (29), on the other hand, tumble down to sixth place.

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Three moments that mattered

7′ — Heber sneaks in at the back post for 1-0 — Anton Tinnerholm served a dangerous ball into the box, and Heber timed his run perfectly to arrive last and on the right side of the nearest defender. Perfectly executed all around.

45’+1 — Royer converts from the spot just before halftime — Maxime Chanot got it all wrong when he went for an acrobatic clearance of a long ball into the box, instead kicking Brian White and giving away an easy penalty decision.

60′ — Royer makes it 2-1 in the most confusing fashion — There’s a lot going on here. The assistant referee appeared to point to the corner flag, yet Red Bulls took a throw-in and scored immediately after the restart. This should be something that can very easily be reversed and Red Bulls forced to restart with a corner kick, at 1-1. Perhaps the center referee over ruled the assistant and called a throw-in. Perhaps neither of the above theories are true.

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Man of the match: Daniel Royer

Goalscorers: Heber (7′), Royer (45’+1, 60′)

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This weekend’s slate of MLS action is set to end with a bang with two games on Sunday, featuring four sides all comfortably occupying playoff places in their respective conference.

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First up, Seattle Sounders host Atlanta United at CenturyLink Field. Seattle currently sits fourth in the Western Conference, just two points out of second, while Atlanta has clawed its way back from a poor start to the season and occupies third place in the East, also two points out of second.

Then, it’s the first (of two) Hudson River Derbies of 2019: New York Red Bulls host New York City FC. One point separates the two sides heading into Sunday’s showdown at Red Bull Arena — NYCFC are fifth, just one point out of third and three points out of second (prior to Atlanta’s result); Red Bulls are sixth, two points out of third. Red Bulls lead the all-time series, 6W-2D-4L.


Seattle Sounders v. Atlanta United — 4 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls v. New York City FC — 6:30 p.m. ET

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Philadelphia Union completes three-goal comeback to top New York Red Bulls

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The Philadelphia Union, down 2-0 at halftime, decided to play like the top team in the Eastern Conference. When the final whistle had blown, they extended their lead atop the table with a furious comeback led by Ilsinho’s brace, providing both the equalizing and winning goals to set Talen Energy Stadium alight.

Kaku and Brian White struck in the first half to put the Red Bulls in front, with Philadelphia’s defense asleep at the wheel and the attack sputtering mightily aside from Sergio Santos’s shot off the crossbar early on. Even goalkeeper Andre Blake was to blame as he hesitated to allow White in for the Red Bulls’ second.

After halftime, the Union strike force went into overdrive as the home side finished the match with 17 shots, including seven on target. On the hour mark Jamiro Montiero pulled one back for the hosts on a goal that was nearly identical to Kaku’s opener, assisted by substitute Ilsinho, a foreshadow of things to come.

Philadelphia’s second was all Ilsinho just a minute later, cutting in from the right flank and skipping straight between two Red Bulls defenders before unleashing a knuckler with the outside of his foot. That brought Philadelphia back level with two goals in two minutes, and it wouldn’t be long before the hosts were in front.

11 minutes later, Ilsinho again cut in from the right with an identical weaving run, and this time he fed a cutting Bedoya who flared towards the end line. The U.S. international looked to chip a cross into the danger area, and a sliding Sean Nealis left his trailing arm in the air which the ball found. Ilsinho was on hand to bury the spot-kick and give Philly the lead with 18 minutes remaining.

The win left the Union four points in front of the pack in the Eastern Conference with 31 points from 17 games, while New York sat in fifth with 24 points out of 16 matches.

Montero on target as Whitecaps grab point at Red Bulls

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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Fredy Montero tied it for Vancouver with a penalty kick in the 61st minute and the Whitecaps held on for a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

Referee Victor Rivas awarded the Whitecaps (3-6-5) the kick after using video review to determine Sean Nealis handled the ball inside the penalty area.

Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute when Scott Sutter finished a counterattack with a narrow-angle finish into the upper corner.

Brian White pulled the Red Bulls (5-5-3) level in the 37th minute with a header flick of Amro Tarek’s header.

White’s pass across the 6-yard box was redirected by Vancouver’s Andy Rose into the Whitecaps own goal to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute.

New York goalkeeper Luis Robles preserved the draw making a diving save on a breakaway attempt by Lucas Venuto in the final minute of stoppage time.

Red Bulls slump to disappointing draw with Vancouver

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The New York Red Bulls coughed up a second-half lead in a disappointing 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, pegged back by Freddy Montero’s equalizing penalty in the 61st minute that came just six minutes after the hosts had taken the lead.

New York dominated possession at home, holding just under 70% of the ball, but they struggled mightily in goal. New York had 18 shots to Vancouver’s 13, but could manage just three on target, whereas the visitors put seven on frame. Vancouver jumped in front right on the half-hour mark as Sean Nealis got burned down the left by Joaquin Ardaiz, and while his cross was deflected by Connor Lade, it fell to Scott Sutter at a tight angle for a roofed finish.

The hosts would level things up before halftime, as a looped cross by Kaku found the head of Amro Tarek who powered it on frame, but before it could reach the net it was slightly redirected by Brian White’s head and found the back of the net. In the celebration, a smiling White could be seen sheepishly apologizing to Tarek for stealing what may already have been a goal, but New York wasn’t complaining.

After the break, the Red Bulls went in front on an own goal as White’s effort was redirected into the back of the net by Andy Rose. That should have been the goal to see New York ease past the ninth-place Whitecaps and send New York to a strong fourth-place spot in the Eastern Conference table, but the visitors continued to attack and would eventually find a way through.

First, Luis Robles was required to turn a 8Felipe Martins header off the post and out, before eight minutes later when Montero would be the man to bring Vancouver back level after coming on at halftime. VAR determined correctly that Nealis whiffed on a header attempt and instead got his arm to the ball, giving Martins the opportunity from the spot, which he deposited cooly, sending Robles the wrong way.

That would leave the teams level, with New York desperately looking for more than a point to savor, but they were unable to do so. The draw leaves the Red Bulls in fifth, level on points with cross-town rivals NYCFC and two behind Atlanta United. They remain unbeaten in three, but the opportunity for three straight victories was there. Vancouver, meanwhile, sits in ninth in the West, drawing level on points with San Jose thanks to the road draw.