Doubleheader starts with win over Toronto
February 5, 2015 (Official Game Summary)
The New York Red Bulls put a stamp on the Orlando portion of training camp with a doubleheader on Thursday, sending out two different starting XIs against Toronto FC and Jacksonville Armada FC. New York downed Toronto 2-0, before falling to Jacksonville 4-1.
Playing in his first match with his new side, midfielder Sacha Kljestan guided the Red Bull attack early on. In the 15th minute, the U.S. international opened up some space in the middle. He slotted Roy Miller into the box alone, but the Costa Rican defender's chip went just over the bar.
Eight minutes later, Dax McCarty played Kljestan in stride through the middle before chipping a pass for Bradley Wright-Phillips. He saw his header well saved by TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
Kljestan's activity finally translated on the scoreboard in the 24th minute of the first 30-minute half. Homegrown signee Sean Davis played a corner short to Kljestan, who moved the ball to Miller on the left. Kljestan made a run into the box, was able to find a loose ball, and perfectly measured his shot inside the right post.
Twelve minutes into the second half another Davis corner was played but not cleared by the Toronto defense. It fell to an open Dax McCarty to head home from 10 yards out.
Just five minutes after McCarty's goal, Kljestan lined up a dead-center free kick from 30 yards out, but saw his blast trail just over the bar.
New York controlled a good portion of the possession and goalkeeper Luis Robles was untested in 60 minutes of action. Robles wore the captain's arm band for the first contest.