Etienne goal gives Red Bulls 1-0 win, Supporter’s Shield
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Derrick Etienne scored a slick goal in the 53rd minute to give the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 victory over Orlando City and the Supporter’s Shield for the best record as the Major League Soccer regular-season ended Sunday.
Driving left in the box, Etienne atoned for a missed penalty kick in the first half by drawing the ball back to his right, leaving him room to go far corner for his fifth goal of the season.
The Red Bulls (22-7-5) won their fifth straight to reach 71 points, the first team to ever crack 70 points in the regular season. Atlanta entered Decision Day with 69 points, tied with last year’s Toronto team for the most in the regular season, but lost at Toronto 4-1.
The Red Bulls, who earned the Supporter’s Shield for the third time in six seasons, are the sixth team in league history to average at least two points a game.
Luis Robles only had to make one save to give him his league-leading 14th shutout.
Orlando City (8-22-4), which beat the Red Bulls 4-3 in their first meeting, lost their 14th straight on the road, tying the 2005 DC United for the second-longest streak of futility away from home.