Substitute Lloyd Sam scores a goal and assist.
English winger LLoyd Sam came off the bench to have an immediate impact for the New York Red Bulls against Sporting Kansas City, notching up an assist and a goal to help the Red Bulls to a 3-2 win in front of 21,304 at Sporting Park.
RBNY were 1-0 up in the 27th minute when midfielder Dax Mcarty bravely stood up to a 50-50 and came out on top to push the ball through to Irish midfielder Jonny Steele, who smashed home a left-footed drive from inside the area.
Sporting were level just before half time when the impressive Kai Kamara, who also claimed an assist, pounced on a rebound from Luis Robles’ save to put Sporting KC back in the game.
New York Red Bulls then went ahead again through Espindola, who was released down the right flank by Sam, being played onside by Aurelien Collin’s late attempt at an offside trap, before opening up his body to finish low past Nielsen.
Dwyer pulled one back for Sporting in the final minutes, getting on the end of a lovely cross from Kamara and, after play had been halted to allow RBNY’s Kosuke Kimure to be taken off after a collision, went close to equalising in the 99th minute from a corner, but Ike Opara’s header flew into the stands to put The Red Bulls top of the Eastern Conference.