RED BULLS allowed late goal, fall 0-1 to Sounders FC
Eastern Conference-leading New York plays Thursday night at Red Bull Arena against second-place Columbus
HARRISON, NJ (May 15, 2010) – Despite a strong defensive effort at home, a Fredy Montero goal five minutes from full time helped give Seattle Sounders FC a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls Saturday night. New York dropped its first-ever match at Red Bull Arena after going 6-0-0 in all competitions in its brand-new home. However, the Red Bulls, who are now 5-3-0, maintain first place in the Eastern Conference with 15 points – one point ahead of the second-place Columbus Crew. New York and Columbus will square off at Red Bull Arena on Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 PM (TV: ESPN; Radio: WADO 1280 AM) in the Red Bulls’ next match.
The first half was an even affair with both teams’ defenses holding strong. Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel had a free kick attempt go just over the bar in the 25th minute before Seattle’s Steve Zakuani fired a shot wide 11 minutes later.
In the second half, Sounders midfielder Sanna Nyassi got space at the top of the box and hit a low liner just past the right post moments after halftime. Then, Nyassi had the best chance of the match up to that point soon after. Peter Vagenas played a through ball to an on-rushing Nyassi, who rounded goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and slipped a shot towards the empty net. However, Red Bulls defender Danleigh Borman was there to slide in and knock it away before the ball crossed the line.
New York substitute Brian Nielsen tried to test goalkeeper Kasey Keller from 20 yards out in the 64th minute, but Keller was able to stop his shot. Later, Nielsen tried to flick in a Sinisa Ubiparipovic cross and it went high. Montero nearly gave Seattle a late lead, trying to slide into a Nathan Sturgis inswinger. Coundoul got there first however, and smothered it.
Montero scored the game-winner in the 85th minute, getting control of a Brad Evans free kick and knocking it past Coundoul at the left post.
The Red Bulls will next face Columbus Red Bull Arena on Thursday, April 20 before they host Italian giant, Juventus FC, on Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 PM. Full Season Ticket Plans for the New York Red Bulls’ first season at Red Bull Arena are on sale now. Midfield seats in the 100-Level and sideline sections 107, 112, 124 and 128 are all sold out, but good seats are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.
New York Red Bulls 0, Seattle Sounders FC 1
May 15, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
0-1 SEA: Fredy Montero 3 (Brad Evans 2) 85’
NY: Jeremy Hall (caution) 35’
NY: Danleigh Borman (caution) 39’
SEA: Tyrone Marshall (caution) 71’
NY: Seth Stammler (caution) 71’
SEA: Steve Zakuani (caution) 93’+
New York Red Bulls (5-3-0, 15 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Seth Stammler, Joel Lindpere, Carl Robinson (Tony Tchani 87’), Dane Richards (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 56’), Juan Pablo Angel, Salou Ibrahim (Brian Nielsen 52’)
Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Carlos Mendes, Conor Chinn, Roy Miller
Seattle Sounders FC (3-3-3, 12 pts.) – Kasey Keller, Leo Gonzalez, Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, James Riley, Steve Zakuani, Peter Vagenas (Nathan Sturgis 65’), Brad Evans (Pat Noonan 89’), Patrick Ianni, Sanna Nyassi (Fredy Montero 78’), Freddie Ljungberg
Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee’s Assistants: Philippe Briere, Daniel Belleau
4th Referee: Daneil Gantar
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