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June 15, 2016
Red Bulls stop Rhinos in Open Cup, 1-0

Sacha Kljestan converted a 20th-minute penalty kick for the Red Bulls.
Sacha Kljestan converted a 20th-minute penalty kick for the Red Bulls.
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Sacha Kljestan converted a penalty kick in the 20th minute as the Red Bulls held on for a 1-0 fourth-round win over the Rochester Rhinos in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup at Sahlen Stadium Wednesday night.

The Red Bulls advanced to the fifth round.

Their opponents and venue will be determined via a draw Thursday.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles kept a fourth clean sheet in four consecutive competitive matches.

Kljestan put New York ahead by converting a penalty attempt in the 20th minute. Gonzalo Veron earned the PK, picking up a ball that was laid off by Bradley Wright-Phillips at midfield and charging down the left side. Veron used his speed to beat one defender before getting tripped up by a second inside the penalty area.

New York was able to fend off the Rhinos and take control in the second half with long spells of possession, limiting the Rhinos to five shots and just one shot on target.

Matchups for the round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup will be drawn tomorrow, June 16, at noon. MLS clubs entered the competition in the fourth round.

The Red Bulls return to MLS action this Sunday, June 19, with a home match against the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., with coverage on FS1, Fox Deportes, and Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.

Scoring Summary:

NY - Sacha Kljestan (PK) 20'

Discipline Summary:

ROC - Vasilios Apostolopoulos (caution, foul) 19'
NY - Gideon Baah (caution, foul) 82'
NY - Sean Davis (caution, foul) 90+1'


New York: Luis Robles; Justin Bilyeu, Gideon Baah, Aurelien Collin, Sal Zizzo, Dax McCarty , Sean Davis, Gonzalo Veron (Ronald Zubar, 80'), Sacha Kljestan, Shaun Wright-Phillips (Alex Muyl, 23'), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Mike Grella 67')

Rochester: Tomas Gomez; Sean Totsch, Joseph Farrell, Vasilios Apostolopoulos, Marcos Ugarte, Brandon Beresford, Michel Guilavogui (Sofian Tergou 66'), Mike Garzi, Kenardo Forbes, Christian Volesky (Asani Samuels 66'), Steevan dos Santos
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