Kaku, Fernandez Lead Red Bulls by Cincy
The New York Red Bulls (6-5-3, 21 pts) stretched the undefeated streak to four matches on Saturday night, taking a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. A pair of subs made the difference, with Kaku getting the game-winner and Red Bulls Academy product Omir Fernandez adding the second goal in stoppage time.
The win capped off a seven-point week, with New York going 2-0-1 in the span of seven days. New York has climbed to third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
New York's 21 goals scored are third-most in the East, and tied for fourth-most in the league.
Kaku entered the match as a second half sub after playing a full 90 minutes on Wednesday night. The Argentine gave New York the lead in the78th minute, stealing a loose ball from Cincinnati's last defender and beating Spencer Richey with a low shot for his first of the year.
Fernandez, a first-year Homegrown Player, got his first MLS goal in stoppage time, heading home a cross from Brian White to seal the victory for New York.
Chris Armas continues to push the right buttons off the bench, as Kaku and Fernandez become the sixth and seventh players to score as substitutes in wins or draws this season.
New York now has 15 different goal scorers in 14 games.
White recorded his second assist of the season on the second goal. The Flemington, N.J., native has tallied a point in five of the seven league matches he has appeared in (3G, 2A).
Michael Amir Murillo also earned an assist on Fernandez's goal, his fourth helper of the year.
Captain and goalkeeper Luis Robles recorded four saves, one off of his season-high, to preserve the clean sheet. The shutout was Robles' third of the season, and 66th of his MLS career.
New York is 52-44-24 all-time in the month of May. New York has scored 186 goals in May and allowed 169.
The Red Bulls return home next Saturday, June 1, to host Real Salt Lake at 7 p.m. ET, with coverage on MSG, MSG GO and New York Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.
FC Cincinnati 0, New York Red Bulls 2
2019 MLS Regular-Season Match 14
Saturday - 7:30 p.m. ET
Nippert Stadium | Cincinnati, Ohio
NY - Kaku 1 (unassisted) 78'
NY - Omir Fernandez 1 (Brian White, Michael Amir Murillo) 90'+1
NY - Michael Amir Murillo (caution, unsporting behavior) 39'
CIN - Kendall Waston (caution, unsporting behavior) 58'
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles ©; Michael Amir Murillo, Amro Tarek, Tim Parker, Kemar Lawrence, Cristian Casseres, Jr. (Kaku, 59'), Sean Davis, Andreas Ivan (Omir Fernandez, 79'), Alex Muyl, Tom Barlow (Brian White, 58')
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4
FC Cincinnati: Spencer Richey; Alvas Powell, Justin Hoyte, Kendall Waston ©, Mathieu Deplange, Caleb Stanko, Frankie Amaya, Victor Ulloa (Nazmi Albadawi, 81'), Emmanuel Ledesma (Kekuta Manneh, 81'), Fanendo Adi, Roland Lamah
TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 0
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: Nick Uranga, Cory Richardson
4th Official: Ted Unkel
VAR: Chico Grajeda
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