"I was trying to shoot the [far] post, so I get a little bit of luck in that one," he said. "But a goal's a goal, right?"
Espindola has scored plenty of them against the Red Bulls five in six career games. He said he has mostly taken advantage of New York mistakes in that span, which would come to no surprise to anybody who saw the most recent game.
The tireless Espindola ran the Red Bulls ragged for much of the game, though coach Jason Kreis said he was "a little less active" than during last week's victory at Los Angeles. Still, the coach praised Espindola for his "90 minutes of effort."
Timing is everything
Midfielder Jonny Steele made his long-awaited RSL debut in the 84th minute as a substitute for rookie Sebastian Velasquez, after playing for a dozen minor-league teams in eight years while searching for his big break.
"Great day to do it, too, eh?" he said.
Indeed no better time for the native of North Ireland to play his first big-league game than on St. Patrick's Day.
Playing through pain
Defender Tony Beltran wasn't supposed to start for RSL.
Still fighting off a knee injury from the season-opener, the right back was going to sit out while rookie Terakazu Tanaka made his team debut. But Tanaka came down with a fever, Kreis said, forcing Beltran back into the lineup.
"Tony was of the opinion [Friday] that he could go," Kreis said. "I was making a very safe decision not to have him start. So it was good to have that feedback from him."
Beltran said he felt a step slow. "It didn't feel great out there, but we got the result and I don't think I further injured it.