Previous
Liverpool
Borussia Dortmund
1
3
FT
Game Details
Manchester United
San Jose Earthquakes
0
0
FT
Game Details
Bayern Munich
Paris Saint-Germain
3
1
FT
Game Details
Minnesota United FC
LAFC
5
1
FT
Game Details
Toluca
Morelia
2
0
FT
Game Details
Santos
Lobos BUAP
2
1
FT
Game Details
Necaxa
América
1
0
LIVE 70'
Game Details
Beijing Guoan
Tianjin Quanjian
3
2
FT
Game Details
Guangzhou R&F
Guizhou Hengfeng FC
1
1
FT
Game Details
Hebei China Fortune FC
Jiangsu Suning
0
0
FT
Game Details
Henan Jianye
Shanghai Shenhua
2
2
FT
Game Details
Italy U19
Norway U19
1
1
FT
Game Details
Portugal U19
Finland U19
3
0
FT
Game Details
Next
New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
New England RevolutionNew England Revolution
2
0
FT
Game Details
New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas CitySporting Kansas City
3
2
FT
Game Details
New York City FCNew York City FC
New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
1
0
FT
Game Details

Marsch's next step shouldn't be a giant leap

New York Red Bulls
Read
Toronto FCToronto FC
New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
0
1
FT
Game Details
New York Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
FC DallasFC Dallas
3
0
FT
Game Details
ESPN FC  By ESPN

Red Bulls' Kljestan backs teammate Amir Murillo after postgame criticism

New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan has backed his teammate Michael Amir Murillo just days after criticizing him for a defensive lapse in a playoff game against Toronto FC.

The Red Bulls lost their home leg 2-1 after Sebastian Giovinco scored from a free kick in the 72nd minute.

Red Bulls right-back Murillo was tasked with peeling off the wall to cover the near post, but he broke too late to stop Giovinco's shot, and a frustrated Kljestan said after the game that the play was "the little details that annoy me."

But ahead of the second leg in Toronto on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, ESPN), Kljestan insisted he was usually a big fan of Murillo, who joined the Red Bulls before this season.

"The mood, in the team, is good. Like I said, we're down but not out -- everybody is good including Amir," Kljestan said on Friday. "He's had a positive attitude since the day he got here. And he's very well loved and well-respected within the group. I don't think anyone likes Amir more than I do here.

The inability of Michael Amir Murillo, right, to cover the post drew the ire of Sacha Kljestan, middle.

"I think he'll be great. When he defends 1-on-1 he rarely gets beat. He's been a key guy for us in the back. If he can continue to play well we'll be successful."

Kljestan also clarified his postgame remark, saying he wasn't placing the entire blame for New York's loss on Murillo's error.

"I know I have caught a lot of flak for answering the question about the free kick goal," Kljestan said. "I never said we lost the game because Amir didn't do his job on the free kick -- I just said he didn't do his job on the free kick.

"We need everybody on the field to do their job to the best of their ability. Ultimately, Giovinco put a great free kick in and we end up losing 2-1. We're down but not out."

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.