Kemar Lawrence celebrates his goal. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. — The Red Bulls used an own goal and a late score by Kemar Lawrence as they registered their first clean sheet at Red Bull Arena since June 1 as they defeated Toronto FC, 2-0, Saturday night.
New York (11-9-4, 37 points) moved into third place in the Eastern Conference and just two points off Atlanta United for the top spot. Toronto FC (32) fell to 9-10-5.
Scoreless after 45 minutes, Kaku helped the hosts grab the lead in the 55th minute. The Argentine midfielder drove into the box and tried to pass across the face of the net, but Toronto defender Chris Mavinga deflected the ball into the goal.
Clinging onto a 1-0 lead into extra time, Lawrence picked up a loose ball inside the box and doubled the lead. Lawrence scored his first goal of 2019 and fifth career for the Red Bulls.
Goalkeeper and captain Luis Robles made three saves to record his sixth clean sheet of the year and 69th of his career. He moved into sixth all-time in wins with his 111th league win, surpassing former New England Revolution and LA Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Reis.
Rece Buckmaster made his first career MLS appearance and start, while making his second appearance overall. Buckmaster made his first start and appearance for the first team against New England in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup fourth round.