NEW YORK (ABC4 Sports) – This is not the way Real Salt Lake wanted to head into a 3-week MLS break.
Daniel Royer, Michael Murillo and Omir Fernandez scored and the New York Red Bulls used a flurry of second-half goals to beat RSL Saturday night at Red Bull Arena, 4-0.
This was RSL head coach Mike Petke’s first game back to New York to face the Red Bulls since he was fired by New York nearly three years ago.
“Our structure and shape went out the window in the second half for I don’t know what reason,” Petke said. “Three of their four goals came down their right side, and it came down to our shape and our organization, which was good in the first half. Three goals in seven minutes, that can’t happen.”
“It’s hard to explain,” RSL midfielder Sebastian Saucedo said about New York’s second half explosion. “We lost a little bit of communication. We gave up a lot of things that we normally do, and that’s what happens when you play against a top team. If you lose communication, they punish us, and that’s what happened.”
The Red Bulls (7-5-3) opened the scoring with the help of an own goal in the 58th minute. Murillo sent in a low hard cross that deflected off a pair of RSL defenders, with Marcelo Silva getting credited with the own goal. Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando saved the Red Bulls’ first five shots on target before conceding the first goal.
Royer made it 2-0 a minute later, gathering Romero “Kaku” Gamarra’s pass and beating Rimando into the right corner.
Murillo scored the Red Bulls’ third goal in seven minutes with a shot that benefited from a deflection off Real Salt Lake’s Aaron Herrera.
Fernandez smashed home Andreas Ivan’s cross in the 83rd minute.
Things could have been worse for RSL, but Nick Rimando was able to make six saves in goal.
This was just the third time all season that RSL had been shut out, and the first time since April 6th.
The Red Bulls outshot RSL, 19-10, and put nine shots on frame compared to just three by Real Salt Lake.
“We had opportunities to score,” Saucedo said. “If we don’t score on those opportunities, this is what happens. Something has to change. Whatever we do, we have to come back stronger.”
Entering the match as a substitute at halftime, RSL captain Kyle Beckerman saw his first minutes on the field since April 28 against the LA Galaxy.
RSL will not play another MLS match until June 22nd at Chicago, but will host LAFC in U.S. Open Cup play June 11th.