Daniel Royer scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in the New York Red Bulls 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday in a game shaken by controversy.
Royer scored from the penalty spot before halftime to tie the game in one. He then scored quickly after a contested throw-in in the 60th minute for his first multi-goal game of 2019. The victory elevated the Red Bulls (9-7-4, 31 points) three places to third in the standings. the Eastern Conference.
Royer led the Red Bulls to the lead in the 60th minute in a sequence that left NYCFC protesting the decision to give the hosts a throw-in instead of a corner.
After the visitors cleared the ball, assistant referee Corey Rockwell seemed to point his flag down to the corner flag, signal of a corner kick. Instead, Marc Rzatkowski of the Red Bulls quickly took the throw and Cristian Casseres Jr. crossed into the area, where Royer led him past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Johnson and several of his teammates begged referee Alan Kelly after the goal, and Kelly and Rockwell held an argument, but the goal remained. According to the FS1 television broadcast, Rockwell had ruled for a corner, but Kelly later rejected the decision.
Previously, Royer's penalty tied the game in the first minute of the halftime of the first half. Kelly immediately pointed to the place as NYCFC Maxime Chanot caught Brian White with one leg extended while White tried to knock down Alex Muyl's cross from the right. Royer kicked in the upper left corner beyond Johnson's dive.
The NYCFC had the advantage after seven minutes. After giving and receiving with Heber, Maxi Moralez sprayed the ball to the right towards Anton Tinnerholm, who curled up on a cross to the goal with his first touch. Heber ran towards him, supporting him with his first touch on the bottom of the crossbar and on the goal line.
It was Heber's seventh goal for New York City FC (7-3-8, 29 points), which fell from one place to sixth in the East with his second consecutive defeat.
Before those losses, the NYCFC had gone 12 games without a loss, but they fell to 1-5-1 at all time in away games against their Hudson River rivals.