It was a much-needed win for the Red Bulls, who were fresh off a four-game road trip that resulted in just three ties and a loss. It was just the second win for New York in their last dozen league matches.
Toronto, meanwhile, were unable to capitalize upon any momentum they may have built from a pair of wins over Vancouver last week.
The Red Bulls got their lead in the 33rd minute. After some sustained pressure, the ball worked its way out to the right side where fullback Jan Gunnar Solli had pushed into the attack on the overlap. Swinging in a low cross into the area, forward Rodgers took an awkward shot that ended up squirting through the defense to an unmarked Henry. The Frenchman made no mistake, side-footing past Stefan Frei for his ninth goal of the season.
The lead for New York seemed to deflate the visitors and, four minutes later, the Red Bulls made Toronto FC pay for more lax defending.
Again it was Solli initiating play, this time dribbling towards the right side of the penalty area in the 37th minute and laying a simple pass toward the center of the area. Rodgers peeled away from his defender, collected and popped the ball to himself, volleying his shot past a diving Frei. The Red Bulls took the 2-0 lead to halftime and there was no looking back in the second half adding three more goals for a 5-0 finish.
New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC Post Game Wrap-Up
- NY – Thierry Henry 9 (Jan Gunnar Solli 5) 33’
- NY – Luke Rodgers 6 (Jan Gunnar Solli 6) 38’
- NY – Joel Lindpere 5 (Dane Richards 4) 52’
- NY – Juan Agudelo 3 (Joel Lindpere 4) 66’
- NY – Juan Agudelo 4 (Joel Lindpere 5) 89’
Source: New York Red Bulls
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