Amro Tarek heads the ball against a Toronto FC player. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
The Red Bulls’ quest to bring home three points from Canada fell by the wayside Wednesday night as they settled for a 1-1 draw at BMO Field.
Patryk Klimala’s goal – his third of the MLS season – only 35 seconds into the second half lifted the visitors into the lead, but Ralph Priso equalized for the hosts in the 62nd minute.
“I think we were the better team,” Klimala said. “We should have won this game. I think I should have scored a minimum of two goals. I had two or three situations when I tried to score a goal and I just got one, but this is not my fault.
“We just have to learn quickly because it was the second game that we were winning 1-0 and we drew. I think we have to learn quickly because we lost more points to gain.”
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) July 22, 2021
On the Red Bulls goal, defender Tom Edwards delivered a ball into the box that found Fabio, and after a bunch of mess in the box, Klimala found the back of the net.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel knocked a clearance to Priso, who one-time a left-footed shot inside the near post for Toronto’s lone score.
Former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore came on in the 54th minute, as did New York’s wunderkid, Caden Clark, but neither player could find the range for a decisive goal.
The eighth-place Red Bulls moved to 5-5-3 and 18 points while Toronto (10), mired in 13th place out of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference, secured a point as it record now stands at 2-8-4.
The Red Bulls visit D.C. United Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.