Red Bulls tie Dallas

FRISCO, TX (May 15, 2015) – The New York Red Bulls earned a 0-0 road draw with FC Dallas¬†on Friday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. New York was able to limit a potent Dallas attack and earn a road point against one of the Western Conference’s top teams.

With the draw the Red Bulls improve to 4-1-5 on the year, and remain near the top of the Eastern Conference. New York sits in third, at least for the night, with most of the conference in action over the weekend.

“I think, for us, it was a good point on the road,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. “To come against a dangerous, attacking team, one of the most dangerous teams in the league, and to come in here and get a point, and get a shutout, showed that we were ready for the game and that we game planned and executed the right way.”

The match got off to a slow start, with the cross-conference opponents feeling each other out in the early going. Most of the first half was played between the boxes, with each team making the occasional foray into the attacking half.

The best chance of the first half came in the 40th minute, when Lloyd Sam flicked on a header that got Bradley Wright-Phillips in a step behind the defense. The Red Bulls striker turned, but his shot was then blocked by a defender who had recovered.

The visitors threatened again in first half stoppage time, when Kljestan gained possession and darted diagonally into the box. The midfielder’s pass for Sam was poked just wide of the left post.

After 45 minutes, New York held the edge in possession at just over 60%, and also recorded the only shot on-target, an effort from Felipe that was easily handled by Dallas ‘keeper Dan Kennedy.

Both teams subbed on speed at the hour mark, with Dane Richards coming on for New York and Michael Barrios replacing Dallas’ Tesho Akindele.

FC Dallas turned up the heat in the second half, earning several scoring chances. The home side looked to go ahead in the 72nd minute, when a cross from Moises Hernandez fell for Barrios, but his shot was cleared off the goal line by Felipe.

Dallas had another strong chance minutes later, when a ball fell to Fabian Castillo behind the backline, but he put his chance over the crossbar.

Wright-Phillips and Kljestan connected for a clever give-and-go in the 84th minute. Wright-Phillips slid a return into the path of Kljestan, but his shot was blocked away.

Luis Robles was sharp when called upon, making two saves on the evening for his third shutout of the season, and 22nd of his career.

For the contest, New York claimed just a shade under 60% of the possession. Both team registered three shots on goal.

New York is back home next weekend when they host the Philadelphia Union at 5 p.m. onSunday, May 24.

POSTGAME QUOTES:

New Your Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch
On tonight’s game…
I think, for us, it was a good point on the road. To come against a dangerous, attacking team, one of the most dangerous teams in the league, and to come in here and get a point, and get a shutout, showed that we were ready for the game and that we game planned and executed the right way. We felt that going into this game that the game was going to be there for us from the 75th minute to the 90th, and it was. In the end, it’s a little bit frustrating not to find that one play to get us the three points, but in the end, the guys played well, stuck to the game, and on a hot night I thought the overall performance was good.
On his team’s defensive performance…
The backline, overall, did really well. (Fabian) Castillo is one of the most dangerous players in the league, if not the most dangerous and we didn’t give much away. He had one chance at the end that resulted in almost a broken play, but Chris Duvall was up for the task. I think Karl Ouimette did a very good job filling in, and the pairing of him and Damien (Perrinelle) was quite good, and Kemar Lawrence played well. We’ve used a lot of combinations on the back line, but they’ve all stepped up and performed admirably, so that’s a good sign.
New York Red Bulls Midfielder Dax McCarty
On tonight’s game…
It was a tough game for both sides. I think it was a very tactical battle tonight. I thought they sat off us a lot and let us have possession and they were looking to hit us on the counterattack with their dangerous players. We did a good job, for the most part, of containing them. Obviously, they had a couple chances here and there. Felipe had to save one off the line, which was fantastic, but overall I thought it was pretty sloppy from both teams in the attacking third. No one really got a good foothold on the game or created too many dangerous chances. A draw was probably a fair result.
On his team’s backline performance…
We got a shutout, that’s a positive. I don’t think Luis (Robles) had much to do tonight, maybe two chances, one from Castillo and one Felipe saved off the line. We could tighten it up and be a little sharper back there, but overall anytime you get a shutout it’s a positive. We can do a better job of being able to play a little bit cleaner out of the back with the ball at our feet.
New York Red Bulls Defender Chris Duvall
On tonight’s game…
I thought it was a hard-fought point. Both teams came to fight, but we would have liked to get more out of the game. They had a few chances. We had a few good chances, and I think it was a good result for us against a good team, getting a point, but we were looking for more.

 

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