Carlos Coronel exalts after the Red Bulls win. (Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis
FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Carlos Coronel makes it look so easy.

It seems that every shot that is taken by the opposition, he is there to stop, whether he is making a kick save or snaring the ball.

He did it again Sunday for the Red Bulls. Even though he wasn’t severely tested, the 24-year-old Brazilian did enough to keep New York City FC off the scoresheet as the Red Bulls recorded a 1-0 win in the third and final Hudson River Derby match of the MLS regular season, at Red Bull Arena.

Coronel registered his third successive shutout and 11th of the season (second only to Nashville’s Joe Willis) for the surging Red Bulls, who are unbeaten in their last seven games (7-0-2).

In 29 games, Coronel has allowed only 30 goals.

His success hasn’t anyone around the team.

“Carlos has done well,” defender Sean Nealis said. “He has done excellent actually. He has come up clutch with big time saves.”

A minute into first-half stoppage time, Santigo Rodrigues had a fabulous opportunity to equalize for the visitors on the final kick of the half, but Coronel denied him with a kick save via his left leg.

In the 86th minute, Maxi Moralez powered a shot from distance that Coronel stopped to preserve the lead.

“I think one more time that Carlos save outstanding balls,” head coach Gerhard Struber said. “I think he has the ability for that, and especially I think his decision making in very challenging moments very calm and very — in a very good balance to create always in these special moments with many, many stress, a very good decision. In the end, he can execute this in a very good way.”

Struber noted how calm Coronel has been in pressure situations, giving the team “a big, massive support in so many moments”

“He’s calm and he realize the moment very well,” he continued. “I am very happy with him right now, and also what he did in the past for us. He [has made] the necessary steps in this season. It’s not a surprise for me. I know he’s a big talent and his ability right now, everyone can see this. He’s one of the best keepers in the MLS.”