|photo by Matt Kremkau|
New York Red Bulls escape Salt Lake City with a draw against Real Salt Lake 1-1 after a Cristian Casseres Jr. first half blast and a nervous defensive second half performance. New York held on with frantic defending after going ahead early but couldn't hold on despite numerous missed opportunities by the opponents.
The Red Bulls looked to pressure early and did so effectively but also left themselves open to counter attacks. Salt Lake took advantage of the opportunities and peppered the new Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen. Two times the ball had to be cleared off the line late in the first half and Jensen was forced into difficult saves throughout the game.
The only goal came in the 13th minute when a clearance was intercepted by Casseres who rocketed a shot past the RSL goalkeeper from well outside of the 18-yard box. The goal came against the run of play and New York quickly sank into a defensive shell that bent but didn't break over the next 77 minutes.
Salt Lake did think they tied the game in the second half when a header from former New York Red Bulls II player Douglas Martinez shook the back of the net. A video review concluded that the ball deflected off of the forward's arm, sending a course of boos around the stadium.
It wasn't until stoppage time that a header from Damir Kreilach equalized the scoreline. Salt Lake continued to press but couldn't take advantage of a worn down team.
The point on the road is a positive start as the three game road trip continues against Minnesota United next week.
Real Salt Lake: MacMath; Herrera, Silva, Onuoha, Toia, Besler ('59 Martinez), Luiz, Baird, Rusnak, Meram ('88 Ramirez), Kreilach
New York Red Bulls: Jensen; Duncan, Parker, Tarek, Seagrist, Valot ('68 Sims), Davis, Casseres Jr., Kaku ('77 Rzatkowski), White ('65 Barlow), Royer
'13: (New York Red Bulls) Cristian Casseres Jr. (1)
'90: (Real Salt Lake) Damir Kreilach (1) assisted by Aaron Herrera
'35: (New York Red Bulls) Patrick Seagrist - YELLOW CARD
'54: (Real Salt Lake) Marcelo Silva - YELLOW CARD
'73: (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan - YELLOW CARD
'80: (Real Salt Lake) Douglas Martinez Jr. - YELLOW CARD