An ecstatic Connor Lade celebrates his goal with Daniel Royer. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. — The Red Bulls recorded their 100th league win at Red Bull Arena Saturday night as they received a goal from an unlikely source.
Connor Lade scored in the first half to lift New York to a 1-0 victory over FC Cincinnati to snap a five-game winless streak before a crowd of 16,848.
The Red Bulls began playing at RBA in 2010 and this is their 10th season at the venue after performing their first 13 seasons at Giants Stadium.
Goalkeeper Luis Robles backstopped the Red Bulls’ (2-4-2, 5 points) first shutout of the season while Cincy (8) fell to 2-5-2. Robles moved into a tie with Pat Onstad for eighth place on the all-time MLS shutout list.
Lade performed his goal-scoring heroics — his second pro goal in his 120th game– in the 38th minute. The former St. John’s University standout’s only other score was recorded July 13, 2016.
On a counter attack, Brian White found Daniel Royer a top of the 18-yard box. Royer flicked the pass towards the left of the box for Lade, who launched his shot past Przemyslaw Tyton and under the crossbar in the 38th minute.
Connor Lade with his first goal of the season to break the scoreless tie! Check out that left-footed strike! ☄️
Posted by New York Red Bulls on Saturday, April 27, 2019
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“Personally, I would say it’s nice to get the goal but I think that’s secondary on the night,” Lade said. “Obviously it’s a huge win for the team. We needed that in the worst way and we got a shutout at home. That’s, I feel like, what we’re going to take away from tonight. Obviously, always want to put on a good performance and help the team. So, I think it was a good performance from the guys. At home we want to be dominant, we want to keep clean sheets, we want to show off for our fans and hopefully this is the start of a great swing of momentum for us.”
Added Robles: “Everyone loves Connor. He is the best. Definitely one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. He’s just a great guy, he’s is a great dad, he’s a great husband, everything, you can’t say enough about him. Then when a moment like this happens, everyone on the field, on the bench and in the stadium, is happy for him because he deserves moments like this, the way that he sacrifices for this team. He’s a real leader.”