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New York Red Bulls begin the 2020 season with a strong win against FC Cincinnati 3-2 in the first game at Red Bull Arena. Two first half goals from Kyle Duncan and Kaku locked the game despite a resurgent effort in the second half by Cincinnati before a third goal solidified the result.
Chris Armas' team came out in a 4-2-2-2 formation with Royer and Brian White at the top of the attack. The system worked well, pinning Cincinnati into their own half. New York pushed the game with Duncan playing higher up the field and finding Florian Valot who assisted on two goals. The first strike came in the 16th minute when Royer saved a ball from going out of bounds and Valot found a running Duncan in the box. Kaku doubled the lead in the 27th minute after a one-time shot from inside the box.
Cincinnati showed signs of life in the second half, scoring just after the break when Allan Cruz put in a ball after chaos in the Red Bull box. From there they found their way into the game, forcing turnovers and taking advantage of Red Bull mistakes. New York was able to maintain the lead and take a two-goal advantage again in the 70th minute when Royer dribbled through the FCC defense and beat the goalkeeper.
Cincinnati made it close in the 83rd minute when a deflection put in their newest player Jurgen Locadia alone on goal. Goalkeeper David Jensen made the initial save but the ball trickled into the open field where Locadia scooped up his own rebound.
New York was able to hold on and take all three points but concerns still linger of the team's ability to hold the game defensively. Their offense proved to be impressive and powered them to a Week 1 win.
New York Red Bulls: Jensen; Duncan, Parker, Tarek, Seagrist, Casseres Jr., Davis, Valot, Kaku ('67 Sims), Royer ('79 Rzatkowski), White ('72 Barlow)
FC Cincinnati: Richey; Delplagne, van der Werff, Waston, Garza ('82 Gutman), Medunjanin, Regattin, Cruz, Amaya, Kubo ('79 Manneh), Vazquez ('64 Locadia)
'16: (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan (1) assisted by Florian Valot (1), Daniel Royer (1)
'27: (New York Red Bulls) Kaku (1) assisted by Florian Valot (2), Kyle Duncan (1)
'46: (FC Cincinnati) Allan Cruz (1) assisted by Brandon Vasquez (1), Greg Garza (2)
'70 (New York Red Bulls) Daniel Royer (1)
'83 (FC Cincinnati) Jurgen Locadia (1)
'30 (New York Red Bulls) Brian White - YELLOW CARD
'89 (New York Red Bulls) Cristian Casseres Jr. - YELLOW CARD