Andrew Gutman scored in the 73rd minute against his former team, and the visiting New York Red Bulls extended their unbeaten run to five straight matches with Saturday night's 1-0 win over reeling FC Cincinnati.
Gutman, who made 29 appearances for FCC from 2019-20, got behind the defense and delivered a successful left-footed strike from the left side of the box that was a welcomed moment for New York, who totaled 17 shots and threatened often on the evening.
Looking to make their way into playoff position in the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls are getting hot at the right time amid a 3-0-2 stretch. New York has also won three straight road contests without conceding a goal in any of those matches.
New York keeper Carlos Coronel had three saves while posting his ninth shutout of the season.
FC Cincinnati, meanwhile, continues to struggle. Owner of the fewest points in the league, Cincinnati has lost five in a row and posted just one victory in its last 18 games.
Although Cincinnati managed a good chunk of possession through the early portion of the match, New York was the aggressor during the first half in terms of attacking prowess. The Red Bulls held a 12-4 overall shot advantage in the first, with four on target to FCC's one on goal.
Klimala appeared to score in the fourth minute of the match, but the flag went up on an obvious offside.
Meanwhile, Luciano Acosta and Caleb Stanko each failed to convert back-to-back quality chances in the 45th minute. Yuya Kubo's strong attempt was saved by Carlos Miguel Coronel in the 11th minute of the second half.