Cristian Casseres, Jr. scored the Red Bulls’ first goal. (Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports)
That would be two, as in the number of times they have defeated their MLS Eastern Conference rivals this season.
The second victory came last night as New York recorded its second win over the Lions and first road triumph of the season, a 2-1 result before a crowd of 19,009 at Exploria Stadium.
The seventh-place Red Bulls (16 points), who registered a 2-1 home win over Orlando May 29, improved to 5-5-1 while second-place Orlando (21) fell to 6-2-3.
Fabio snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the 79th minute to propel the Red Bulls to the win after earning an assist on the Red Bulls’ first goal.
Late in the first half, Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel preserved the lead as he made his first career MLS penalty kick save.
Orlando City head coach Oscar Pareja gave credit to the visitors.
“Obviously sad with the result, but with our heads very high with the effort of the players,” he said. “We looked heavier today than the other games and I think that’s normal due to the frequency of the games that we have had in the last two weeks. We don’t want to use that as an excuse, but I want to recognize the effort of the players in a game that brought us too many things to deal with. We accept it, I think we need to move forward. It’s a quick turnaround with a game in the middle of the week, but I keep recognizing the effort of the players.
“The moments where we were not playing our best game, they were trying to get in in a different way. We found our equalizer and had a couple chances even to go ahead, but New York did a good job also. I think they [Red Bulls] wanted the result and in the end they got it.”
In his first game back from Copa America, Cristian Casseres Jr. tallied in the sixth minute for the winners. He took a Patryk Klimala feed and bent a left-footed shot around goalkeeper Brandon Austin from just outside the penalty area.
Casseres recorded his fourth goal of the season to move into a tie for the team lead with Caden Clark. The Venezuelan national team midfielder has tallied goals in back-to-back matches, although the games were a little more than a month apart.
City leveled with forward Daryl Dike picking the pocket of the Red Bulls’ defense and slotting a ball to Mauricio Pereyra, who one-timed it to Chris Mueller to his left. Mueller took a touch before rifling his shot into the top-right corner for the equalizer in the 59th minute.
Dru Yearwood fed the ball to Klimala at the top of the box. Klimala controlled the ball and snuck a pass towards net for Fabio, who finished for the game winner in the 79th minute.