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New York Red Bulls
NY
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Toronto FC
TOR
Saturday, September 14, 20137:00 PM
Red Bull ArenaMLS Regular SeasonPartly CloudyTSN2,MLS LIVE,RDS2Attendance: 17236

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 80'NYFabian Espindola 
 32'NYThierry Henry
  • Dax McCarty
  • Michael Bustamante
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 58'TOR Steven CaldwellFoul
 44'NY Michael BustamanteFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'NY
Péguy Luyindula (F)
Michael Bustamante (M)
 88'TOR
Kyle Bekker (M)
Álvaro Rey (M)
 79'NY
Fabian Espindola (F)
Bradley Wright-Phillips (F)
 75'TOR
Bright Dike (F)
Andrew Wiedeman (F)
 53'TOR
Jonas Elmer (D)
Justin Braun (F)

Starting Formations

31Robles27Kimura4Olave5Holgersson8Carney12Alexander23Bustamante11McCarty22Steele14Henry99Wright-PhillipsM178832918132012Bendik28Bloom13Caldwell6Agbossoumonde5Morgan23Rey21Osorio25Hall15Convey17Braun32WiedemanM16324191878RAA4

Lineups

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New York Red Bulls
31GLuis Robles
27DKosuke Kimura
4DJamison Olave
5DMarkus Holgersson
8DDavid Carney
12MEric Alexander
23MMichael Bustamante
11MDax McCarty
22MJonathan Steele
14FThierry Henry
99FBradley Wright-Phillips
Toronto FC
12GJoe Bendik
28DMark Bloom
13DSteven Caldwell
6DGale Agbossoumonde
5DAshtone Morgan
23MÁlvaro Rey
21MJonathan Osorio
25MJeremy Hall
15MBobby Convey
17FJustin Braun
32FAndrew Wiedeman
Bench
17Tim Cahill
88Péguy Luyindula
32Ibrahim Sekagya
9Fabian Espindola
18Ryan Meara
13Marius Obekop
20Matt Miazga
 
16Darel Russell
3Jonas Elmer
24Stefan Frei
19Reggie Lambe
18Michael Thomas
7Bright Dike
8Kyle Bekker
Managers
  Mike Petke
 
  Ryan Nelsen
OFFICIALS

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RefereeEdvin Jurisevic  
Assistant RefereeCJ Morgante  
Assistant RefereeBrian Dunn  
Fourth OfficialKevin Terry JR.  
Saturday, September 14, 2013
7:00 PM
Red Bull Arena
TSN2,MLS LIVE,RDS2

HARRISON, N.J. – They may not have made it easy on themselves, but the New York Red Bulls once again sit alone atop the Eastern Conference after topping Toronto FC 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

Thierry Henry and Fabian Espindola scored on either side of halftime and New York’s defense held firm against a TFC side that matched the Red Bulls blow-for-blow until late in the second half.

New York move three points clear of the Montreal Impact with the win, but have played two more matches than the Canadian club. Toronto FC, meanwhile, fall to 4-14-11 on the year with the loss.

Henry netted the opener and eventual game-winner in the 32nd minute. Rookie central midfielder Michael Bustamante, making his first pro start, hit a penetrating pass in behind the Toronto defense that Dax McCarty received before unleashing a low cross to Henry for the easy tap-in from close range.

New York came close to doubling their advantage in the 66th minute, but a headed effort from Bradley Wright-Phillips was parried away well by Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik.

The insurance goal woud eventually come ten minutes from time, though. Shortly after replacing Wright-Phillips, Espindola found the back of the net with an impressive header from what looked like an impossible angle.

The play came on a immediately following a controversial incident in which TFC midfielder Jonathan Osorio booted a ball into the head of a prone Kosuke Kimura after the Japanese defender had been fouled. Osorio escaped punishment, but some fine work from McCarty and Jamison Olave on the restart after a short delay enabled Espindola to head the ball back across goal and see it settle it he back of the net.

Toronto FC, who started the match impressively and with plenty of energy, fought hard for much of the 90 minutes but were missing the requisite quality in front of goal. The closest TFC came to finding a goal was on a shot from substitute Bright Dike late in the second half that did New York 'keeper Luis Robles saved capably.

The Red Bulls return to action with a home game against FC Dallas on Sept. 22, while Toronto FC host Eastern Conference foe Sporting Kansas City a day earlier.

Franco Panizo covers the New York Red Bulls for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached by email at Franco8813@gmail.com.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Thierry Henry Got the goal and was New York's prime attacking outlet on a night when his teammates were not as sharp as they could've been
2 Dax McCarty His typical, bustling self in the middle of the park. Distributed well, assisted on Henry's goal, recovered plenty of balls, and made it hard for TFC to create through the middle
3 Jamison Olave Cleaned up almost everything that got through the midfield thanks to his pace and power. Made sure Robles had a fairly straightforward night