An overzealous challenge by Victor Palsson earned him a second yellow card and left his New York Red Bulls a man down and facing the very real prospects of seeing their four-match winning streak snapped in Montreal.
Rather than giving up a goal down a man, the red-hot Red Bulls scored a winner, as Dane Richards pounced on a loose ball and blasted home the vital finish in New York's 2-1 victor over the Impact at Olympic Stadium.
The match was marred by some questionable officiating decisions in the first half, which saw both teams awarded questionable penalty kicks. Bernardo Corradi converted his, earned after a phantom foul or handball call on New York. Kenny Cooper buried the Red Bulls PK for his 10th goal of the season, which came on a penalty a harsh hand ball call in the area.
The second half was a fairly even game that looked to be a draw before Palsson was sent off for a second bookable offense. Rather than capitalize on the man advantage, the Impact gave up a late goal as New York countered quickly and Miller worked a dangerous cross into the area that Donovan Ricketts punched into the path of Richards, who buried the finish to give the Red Bulls their first five-game winning streak since 2003.
The victory keeps New York (8-3-1) in first place in the East, one point ahead of D.C. United. The loss dropped Montreal to 3-6-3.
Here are the match highlights:
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