The New York Red Bulls continued what has been an amazing run for them in recent weeks, winning their fifth straight match on Saturday. The Red Bulls defeated the Montreal Impact, 2-1, at Olimpique Stadium in Montreal. This marks the first time in nine years New York has won five consecutive matches.
The Red Bulls (8-3-1, 25 points) have accomplished this glorious stretch despite a depleted roster. They have been without star striker Thierry Henry, defenseman Wilman Conde, midfielder Rafa Marquez, midfielder Teemu Tainio and defender Stephen Keel. Yet, with solid defense and timely offense the Red Bulls have been finding ways to earn victories.
Again Saturday, the Red Bulls overcame adversity. The Impact took a 1-0 lead at the 22-minute mark when Bernardo Corradi netted a penalty kick after a highly questionable call went against Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson in the Red Bulls' box.
New York tied the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick of its own at the 37-minute mark. The goal was scored by Kenny Cooper.
The Red Bulls played much of the second half a man down after Victor Pallson was sent off for receiving his second yellow card of the match at the 58-minute mark.
Despite playing a man down the Red Bulls were still able to find the winning score at the 67-minute mark. Roy Miller drove a shot toward the net from the left side. Impact goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts parried the ball out, but Dane Richards drilled home the rebound for New York from the top of the box.
From there, the Red Bulls were able to protect their lead. Goalkeeper Ryan Meara, from Fordham, had five saves in the victory.
The game marked the debut with the Red Bulls of central defender Heath Pearce, acquired this week in a trade with Chivas USA. New York sent forward Juan Agudelo to Chivas.
New York's next match will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena against Chivas USA.