Klimala's 102nd-minute equalizer, the latest ever in an MLS regular season match, came after referee Ismail Elfath decided, following a lengthy Video Review, that Maxime Chanot handled a Klimala shot in the box. Chanot was sent off for his second bookable offense, leaving NYCFC to finish the match with nine men.
Taty Castellanos continued to torment the Red Bulls, scoring the lone goal of the first half just past the half-hour mark. Castellanos, who struck for a hat trick in his last appearance against the Red Bulls, took an angled feed from Maxi Moralez and clinically finished low inside the far post for his 13th goal of the season.
The goal came two minutes after Carlos Coronel kicked away a shot from an open Anton Tinnerholm. And 10 minutes after Castellanos scored, NYCFC were unlucky not to tack on a second with Jesus Medina firing wide in the box.
Castellanos thought he had a second goal, latching onto a Moralez free kick to put a deflected shot past Coronel in the 69th minute. But the goal was waved off because of a foul by Chanot on Kyle Duncan.
Chanot was at the center of the match's pivotal moment deep into stoppage time with Klimala's PK making history and earning a much-needed point for the Red Bulls, setting the stage for Saturday night's rematch in the Bronx.
- THE BIG PICTURE: It’s bound to be a juicy rematch at Yankee Stadium Saturday night after a dramatic draw in the first Hudson River Derby showdown of the season. NYCFC were the better team for much of the match, squandered a chance to secure a second goal and were punished with a controversial PK late. The Red Bulls bounced back from a poor first half to secure a draw, but are still seven points below the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs line heading into Saturday night’s showdown in the Bronx.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Was this a penalty or not? Did Chanot handle Klimala’s shot or did it hit his chest first? Elfath called it a PK after a lengthy Video Review.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Castellanos was again the most dangerous player on the pitch, burying a goal in the first half and creating havoc throughout his shift.
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