Daniel Royer scored both of his team’s goals leading the New York Red Bulls to a controversial 2-1 win over New York City FC on Sunday evening in front of a raucous crowd of 20,000 at Red Bull Arena.
Royer’s first goal came in stoppage time of the first-half on a penalty kick and tied the game at 1. However, it was his second goal that brought a measure of controversy to the game. In the 60th minute, NYCFC cleared the ball deep in their own end. The assistant referee seemed to signal a corner kick. However the Red Bulls’ Marc Rzatkowski quickly took the throw-in, Cristian Casseres Jr. crossed it into the box where Royer headed it past keeper Sean Johnson.
NYCFC furiously appealed the decision, protesting that it should have been a corner kick awarded instead of the throw in, but ultimately to no avail.
NYCFC scored the match’s first goal in the seventh minute when Heber took a cross from Anton Tinnerholm and put it under the crossbar into the net. It marked Heber’s 7th goal for City.
The loss drops NYCFC to 7-3-8, 29 points on the season, putting them in sixth place in the Eastern conference.