The New York Red Bulls dropped a 2-1 decision to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the 7th minute, when Gideon Baah headed Sean Davis' corner kick into the net.
Yura Movsisyan scored the equalizer for Real Salt Lake in the 65th minute. Jordan Allen scored the game winning goal in the 87th minute when his shot deflected off of Chris Duvall and into the net.
Aurelien Collin received a straight red card in the 90th minute for violent conduct.
The Red Bulls move to 7-8-1 with the loss. They return to action on Saturday to take on Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv: The Red Bulls had a frustrating night in Salt Lake City. Their shutout streak is done, their unbeaten run is done, and they gave up two completely preventable goals.
The key moment of the match was the shift to a five-man back line in the 63rd minute. Chris Duvall replaced attacker Gonzalo Veron, and the Red Bulls attempted to defend the one-goal lead. The formation shift is a gamble that paid off against Seattle, but didn't work Wednesday night.
Head coach Jesse Marsch explained the shift after the match.
"The [player] that was really tired was Sal Zizzo," Marsch said. "Then [Real Salt Lake] started going at him and attacking him. Then we put Chris Duvall in to try to help with that. In the end, it just got away from us."
Duvall was at least partially at fault for both of Real Salt Lake's goals. On the first, his miscommunication with Collin allowed Movsisyan to get in behind them for a free header. On the second, he deflected the ball into his own net. Duvall is currently transitioning from a fullback to a center back and matches like this will happen. It's part of the learning process, and he'll ultimately be a better player after Wednesday's poor performance.
Further compounding the frustrating defensive performance, Aurelien Collin received a 90th minute red card that was incredibly harsh. Not only was his slide tackle clean, but it came after the ref had blown his whistle.
Marsch expressed some uncertainty with the red card.
"The one question I had is that I'm a little confused with the red card at the end," Marsch said after the match. "I'm not sure what the decision was on that one so I'll have to take a look. I'm getting word that Aurelien got all ball after Plata was down. I'm just a little confused." If the Red Bulls are able to appeal Collin's red card and get his suspension rescinded, then they should.
The current stretch of games is a test of the squad's depth. Marsch rotated the lineup against Real Salt Lake and the team came away with zero points. Although road losses in the midst of a crowded schedule are to be expected, Wednesday night's felt very preventable.