Torres propels Orlando City to 3-0 victory over Red Bulls

Pedro Gallese stopped two shots to earn his fourth clean sheet of the season

FILE PHOTO - Orlando City's Ivan Angulo celebrates after forward Facundo Torres scored a goal against the LA Galaxy during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 29, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (Associated Press)

HARRISON, N.J. – Facundo Torres had two goals in the second half, including a penalty-kick score, and Orlando City defeated the New York Red Bulls 3-0 on Saturday night.

Orlando City (6-4-5) beat the Red Bulls (4-6-7) for a second time this season and a fourth straight time in all competitions. The only other team Orlando City beat four straight times in all competitions was the Columbus Crew from 2018-21.

Iván Angulo gave Orlando City an early lead when he took passes from Wilder Cartagena and César Araújo in the 18th minute and scored his third goal of the season.

Torres made it 2-0 with a PK goal in the 52nd minute. Torres' goal came five minutes after New York's Andrés Reyes was sent off with a red card, forcing the Red Bulls to play a man down the rest of the match.

“First off, I am very happy and very happy for the team getting this victory. We have been doing a lot of great work and hard work off the field and it is great to see those results coming to fruition on the field,” Orlando forward Facundo Torres said. “We have been playing really well coming into this game, we even played really well against Atlanta and probably deserved a victory that escaped us in those last minutes. I am just really happy with the result tonight. We got the victory that our hard work has deserved over the last few weeks.”

Torres added his fourth goal of the campaign when he scored unassisted in the 72nd minute.

Pedro Gallese stopped two shots to earn his fourth clean sheet of the season for Orlando City. Carlos Coronel finished with two saves for the Red Bulls.

“It was another good example of the character of the players. I think we looked like a very serious team, a very professional team that came in today and under the discipline and cohesiveness of the players on the field, we found our ways to score in the right moments and beat a difficult rival that never gave up,” Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja said.We are very happy with the victory, and it was nice to see the fans as well in the stands. We are feeling good.”

The Red Bulls saw a three-match win streak at home end. The Red Bulls entered play having conceded just six goals at home this season. It was the first time New York yielded multiple goals in 10 home matches.

New York had a 14-7 advantage in shots but five of Orlando's were on goal to just two for the Red Bulls.

Orlando City improves to 4-1-2 on the road this season.

Orlando City returns home to host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. The Red Bulls are idle.


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