Caden Clark strikes again for the Red Bulls. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls struck twice in the second half to give Gerhard Struber his first win as head coach, behind a 2-0 win over Chicago Fire FC at Red Bull Arena Saturday afternoon.

Cristian Casseres, Jr. and Caden Clark did the scoring honors for New York (1-2-0, 3  points).

The Red Bulls had dropped their opening two matches of the season. Struber hadn’t tasted victory as head coach at all, since taking over the role in the team’s last MLS Cup Playoff game last year.

“It’s a good feeling right now for my whole coaching staff, my whole team, for every single player today,” Struber said. “I think the last few games were very close in the end. … Today the first win gives everyone a very big belief in our way, and especially the performance shows one more time that we are on the right way. Today is different in that from the first whistle to the last whistle we have many, many things in our control.”

And Struber secured his first win at home in front of the team’s fans.

“This is such a good feeling that we have fans in our stadium, and we feel more and more normal life back,” he said. “The feeling, the atmosphere is completely different than when we play without fans. Right now, I’m also very happy with our fans and we can give a good feeling and they believe also in our principles and they look in our game and in the end we can celebrate a win together.”

Goalkeeper Carlos Coronel recorded his first clean sheet at New York and the second of his MLS career. Coronel needed four saves to tally the shutout. He became the seventh Red Bulls keeper to register a cleans heet at RBA. It was the team’s 73rd overall home shutout at the venue.

“Our effort defensively, our effort to put pressure on the ball early and our shifting through the back line was very good today,” center back Aaron Long said. “I think that all contributed to them not having many looks.”

Fabio set up both goals, Casseres two minutes into the second half and Clark with the insurance tally in the 64th minute.

He laid off a pass towards the top of the box for Casseres, who one-timed a shot past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

The hosts doubled the lead in the 64th minute as captain Sean Davis lofted a ball in the box to Fabio. Fabio headed the ball towards Clark, who volleyed his shot to the far post.

“It wasn’t to me because I was too close to Sean,” Clark said. “I think he tried to clip it in to Fabio and yeah, Fabio, second time he’s done that, pop it right to me. I just know to get in the box. That’s my job, and fortunate enough to fall to me again.”

Cásseres and Clark doubled their 2021 goal totals to two. The former has scored in back-to-back matches.