Penalty or not? The first-half call that led to RBNY's equalizer vs. NYCFC

15.07.2019 06:03 of Stefano Bentivogli   See readings
Source: mlssoccer.com
Penalty or not? The first-half call that led to RBNY's equalizer vs. NYCFC

One of the biggest talking points of a fiercely-contested first half in the New York Derby came right on the stroke of halftime, in an incident that transformed the New York Red Bulls' fortunes after a tough first half against New York City FC.

Alex Muyl played a long ball over the top intended for Brian White, only for Maxime Chanot to catch the Red Bulls forward with a boot to the midsection as he attempted to control the pass, which led referee Alan Kelly to whistle for a penalty after a short hesitation:

The call generated plenty of protests from NYCFC, but Kelly did not opt to go to Video Review. The call for a high boot also bore a striking similarity to the one that led to the US women's national team's opening goal in the World Cup final the previous Sunday, which was only whistled after a review.

Danny Royer powered his penalty into the top corner, giving the Red Bulls a lifeline after a first half in which they'd struggled to make an impression against a clean, incisive NYCFC side.