New York Red Bulls' Kaku sent off after firing ball at fans

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

The New York Red Bulls almost snatched a win from Sporting Kansas City, only for 16-year-old Gianluca Busio to score his third goal in three games in the 88th minute to give the teams a point each at Children's Mercy Park on Sunday evening.

The sequence occurred in the 93rd minute of the Red Bulls' 2-2 draw Sunday at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City.

Sporting KC sit seventh in the Western Conference with nine points, while the Red Bulls are ninth in the East and are three points adrift of the top seven.

The ball went out of bounds and Kaku raced over and blasted it away from the field and toward the stands.

After full-time, several of Red Bulls' players were seen checking on the supporter who was hit by the ball. After Busio's equalizer, though, the Red Bulls had to endure a final flurry that included a Daniel Salloi chance that hit the woodwork, and a Kaku red card.

Kaku was dismissed with a straight red card, and after a scuffle near the sideline, Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth were both issued yellow cards.

And later that night, Kaku took to social media to post an apology for the incident.

"I know that [Kaku's] remorseful about it". As a competitor, I was frustrated with myself and took out my frustrations in a way that is not acceptable.

"The matter will continue to be discussed internally and we will have no further comment at this time".

His agent told ESPN Mexico that the Red Bulls wanted $12 million to sell Kaku - double what the Red Bulls paid Argentinian club Huracan a year earlier to acquire him - and America balked at the price tag.

Sporting KC battles the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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