Ralph Priso’s first career MLS goal was the second-half equalizer for Toronto FC in a 1-1 draw with the visiting New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
With Toronto (2-8-4, 10 points) trailing in the 62nd minute, designated player Yeferson Soteldo sent a cross toward net that was batted aside by New York’s Carlos Coronel. The goalkeeper’s intent was to keep the ball away from a threatening Jozy Altidore, but it left Priso with plenty of room to direct his shot into his net.
The Red Bulls (5-5-3, 18 points) established their lead when Patryk Klimala scored less than a minute into the second half. The play began with a long pass into a poorly defended Fabio. Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono blocked attempts by both Fabio and Klimala before Klimala converted his own rebound for the score.
Acquired by New York in April, Klimala has made an immediate impact on the Red Bulls’ lineup. Over his past seven games, Klimala has three goals and four assists.
Klimala’s goal put the Red Bulls firmly in control, as the compact midfield defense almost completely shut down Toronto FC’s attack through the opening 50 minutes. The home side was sparked, however, when Altidore entered the lineup as a 54th-minute substitute.
The draw extended unbeaten runs for both teams. The Red Bulls are 1-0-3 in their past four games, while Toronto FC is 1-0-2 under interim head coach Javier Perez.
Priso wasn’t in Toronto FC’s starting lineup but was an early substitute in the 18th minute after defender Auro Jr. sustained an apparent foot/ankle injury. Auro Jr. was hurt while making a tremendous challenge to interrupt New York’s best scoring chance of the first half, a would-be breakaway for Wikelman Carmona.
Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood had to leave the game with an apparent right shoulder injury in the 81st minute. Yearwood was pulled to the ground by Priso, a foul that resulted in a yellow card.
–Field Level Media