Red Bulls shut out FC Cincinnati to extend unbeaten streak
Alejandro Romero Gamarra scored in the 78th minute and Luis Robles made four saves as the visiting New York Red Bulls extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-0 victory over FC Cincinnati Saturday night.
The Red Bulls did not get their first shot on target until Gamarra scored his first goal of the season by capitalizing on a turnover by FC Cincinnati defender Mathieu Deplagne.
Deep in the defensive zone, Deplagne’s feet got tangled up trying to move the ball up the field and Gamarra seized on the gaffe. He raced in ahead of Deplagne and kicked a left-footed shot past the diving attempt of goalkeeper Spencer Richey.
Omir Fernandez also scored his first career goal on a nifty header in the first minute of stoppage time, marking the seventh time a substitute scored this season for New York.
By being able to score late, the Red Bulls (6-5-3, 21 points) improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games and 6-1-1 in their last seven matches on a night when Bradley Wright-Phillips (groin), Aaron Long (hamstring) and Danny Royer (muscle tightness) were held out.
Robles put the Red Bulls in position to get the late goal by turning in his third shutout of the season and 66th career.
FC Cincinnati had plenty of chances to get goals by finishing with 12 shots and had two scoring chances shortly after falling behind.
In a span of two minutes after allowing the first goal, FC Cincinnati saw a shot by Deplagne sail wide in the 83rd minute and then Fanendo Adi’s header from the center of the box sailed over the net.
FC Cincinnati (3-9-2, 11 points) was blanked for the seventh time and dropped to 1-8-1 in its last 10 games.
Robles made four saves in the first half, including two on Adi. Adi was denied in the fourth and sixth minute while Frankie Amaya was also denied in the 12th minute before Adi’s header was stopped in the 40th minute.
New York generated few scoring chances and its best opportunity to grab the lead occurred in the 31st minute but Andreas Ivan missed the top left corner of the net on a right-footed shot from a tough angle.
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