Daniel Royer continued to roll against the Montreal Impact as the once-offensively challenged Red Bulls have now scored three or more goals in their fourth straight game.
Goals from Royer, Michael Amir Murillo, and Bradley Wright-Phillips contributed to the offensive onslaught the Red Bulls unleashed on the Impact. With no answers for the Red Bulls in the attack of defense, the Impact fell, 4-0.
Murillo’s 58th minute insurance goal sealed the win for the Red Bulls. Following a corner kick and some confusion in the box, the ball fell to Murillo inside the six-yard box. A composed Murillo calmly finished the ball into the open net for his first MLS goal.
Royer continued his hot streak for the Red Bulls, opening the scoring in the 23rd minute from the penalty spot. The Red Bulls had a penalty shout minutes earlier, also through Royer, after a foul from Kyle Fisher. A penalty was then called on Maxime Crepeau a few moments later as the goalkeeper attempted to beat Royer to a ball in the box. Royey’s stutter finish from the spot got Crepeau to guess the wrong way and the Red Bulls took the lead.
The Red Bulls were a bit unfortunate not to double their lead three minutes later. Fisher’s goalmouth clearance on a scramble in the box saved the Impact from an ugly scoreline early.
Royer added to his tally in the 89th minute. Derrick Etienne found Royer streaking into the right side of the box as he picked his head up and fired past Crepeau. Royer has now scored 10 goals on the season, the most from a Red Bull winger since Lloyd Sam.
The Red Bulls dominated the match offensively, outshooting the Impact, 24-5, on the night, but had trouble breaking down the Impact’s defense, instead relying on shots from outside of the box to create opportunities.
The introduction of Ignacio Piatti and Mario Mancosu gave the Impact some more life into the attack. Both players contributed to some looks in the second half for the Impact, but showed their lack of match fitness and rust.
The Red Bulls now climb the table up to fourth place, sitting two points behind New York City FC for third place. NYCFC play Sunday at Toronto FC before facing the Red Bulls at home next weekend. The win is the Red Bulls fourth straight, and the longest active win streak in MLS.
Man of the Match
Daniel Royer has proven himself invaluable to the Red Bulls midsummer revival tour.
Moment of the Match
Michael Amir Murillo’s dagger in the second half kept the Impact from climbing back into the game.
Match to Forget
The entire Impact team should wipe this one from their memory after being thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball.