After a scoreless first half in which Toronto FC had the better chances, the Red Bulls, who lost 3-1 at BMO Field July 17, took the lead in the 55th minute thanks to an own goal.
Kaku did all the work, turning on the ball and splitting Auro and Omar Gonzalez before tying to slip a ball across the box. It took a deflection off a sliding Chris Mavinga at the corner of the six-yard box and into the visitors net.
The Red Bulls had a golden chance to extend their lead three minutes from the penalty spot after Marc Rzatkowski was tripped by Jonathan Osorio just inside the box. But Danny Royer skied his spot kick into the South Ward for the first miss of his MLS career.
Rzatkowski had a chance to extend the Red Bulls lead later, but put a low shot from distance off the post. Just after Toronto FC were reduced to 10 men after Justin Morrow saw red for DOGSO after pulling back Bradley Wright-Phillips, Kemar Lawrence put the game away on a rebound at the back post.
- THE BIG PICTURE: The Red Bulls have already conceded more goals this year than their 2018 record-breaking season, including 14 in the last six. Although Toronto FC had chances, New York secured the clean sheet, their sixth of the season. TFC, meanwhile, will lament those opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Kaku put enough pressure on the Toronto backline to force an own goal that proved to be the decisive moment 10 minutes into the second half.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: If Robles doesn’t come up huge in the first half, especially this sensational save one minute from halftime, the result might have been different.