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Teen Clark leads Red Bulls against Orlando City

Field Level Media
18 Oct 2020, 04:19 GMT+10

Orlando City secured a fairly routine win earlier this month over the New York Red Bulls, but at that point they did not have to devise a plan to defend 17-year-old Caden Clark.

Clark is the youngest player in MLS history to score in his first two games and Orlando will try to stop him from striking again Sunday night when they visit Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and attempt to run their unbeaten streak to a team-record 12 games.

Orlando (8-2-7, 31 points) enters Sunday tied for third in the East with the Columbus Crew. Orlando City are unbeaten since a 3-2 loss at Inter Miami on Aug. 22 and have scored 20 goals during their streak.

One of those wins was a 3-1 triumph over the Red Bulls on Oct. 3 when Junior Urso scored the decisive goal in the 50th minute. Orlando followed up that win with consecutive draws, with Chris Mueller scoring his eighth goal in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with New York City FC.

Oscar Pareja thought his team's quality of play against NYCFC diminished after about 30 minutes.

"At the end, with the players, we'll take the point," Pareja said. "We know how hard it is in the league and how hard that rival is and today, we used to win at home but we'll take that point and think about the next one."

The Red Bulls (7-8-3, 24 points) are seventh in the East and three points ahead of Nashville. New York is three points back of NYCFC for sixth but have received a spark from Clark, who has scored dynamic goals in his first two matches.

Clark scored the only goal in a Oct. 10 in a 1-0 victory at Atlanta and then got the tying goal in the 77th minute in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against league-leading Toronto FC in East Hartford, Conn.

"It's a kid playing high right now, high on life and high on the energy of making his debut and things are falling into place," Red Bulls interim coach Bradley Carnell said. "He has certain qualities when all of this comes together and the kid has a chuckle in his boots, yeah, I mean, there's wonders that can happen."

--Field Level Media

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