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Three Stars: New York Red Bulls (US Open Cup)

Christopher Adams
Jul 27, 2022; Orlando, Florida, US;   Orlando City midfielder Mauricio Pereyra (10) controls the
Jul 27, 2022; Orlando, Florida, US; Orlando City midfielder Mauricio Pereyra (10) controls the / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 27, 2022; Orlando, Florida, US;   Orlando City midfielder Cesar Araujo (5) reacts after scoring
Jul 27, 2022; Orlando, Florida, US; Orlando City midfielder Cesar Araujo (5) reacts after scoring / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

CM Cesar Araujo

Stats: 2 goals, 34/39 passes

Araujo is an elite defensive midfielder, but two moments in this game were far more significant than his all-around play in midfield. On two set pieces, Araujo got in a good position for the second ball and was able to get a shot on frame and in the back of the net.

His first goal was a gigantic moment for Orlando City. When the Red Bulls scored in first half stoppage time, all the energy left the building. When Araujo lashed a ball to the back of the net to tie it, Exploria Stadium erupted. Then he added another in the second half for good measure.

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