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MLS New York Red Bulls – Kansas City Wizards 1-0 VIDEO

RED BULLS punch Playoff ticket , moved to first place on the East with 1-0 win over Wizards

Coundoul records career-high 12 saves to earn 10th shutout

HARRISON, NJ (Oct. 2, 2010) – The New York Red Bulls punched their ticket to the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena in front of 24,799 spectators. Dane Richards’ fourth goal of the season was all the Red Bulls needed, and New York now sits alone in first place atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-8-5, 47 points, opening a one-point lead over the Columbus Crew, which drew 0-0 to San Jose Saturday. Man of the Match Bouna Coundoul made a career-high 12 saves, and recorded his 10th shutout of the season, a single-season franchise record.

New York didn’t take long to jump on top of the visitors. In the sixth minute, the red-hot Richards, who has four goals in his past five games, applied pressure to Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad, stealing the ball near the penalty area. Richards positioned himself in the penalty box and curled a left-footed shot around keeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Despite going down early, Kansas City responded well. In the 13th minute, Roy Miller came to the rescue for the Red Bulls, deflecting Kei Kamara’s effort from the penalty area. Nine minutes later, Teal Bunbury looked to level the match, firing a shot from 20 yards out that forced Coundoul to make a save. Richards could have doubled his tally in first half stoppage time, pushing a 12-yard attempt past the left post.

The Wizards continued their aggression in the second half, earning a free kick in the opening minutes, and Kamara nearly tied the game when his attempt rattled off the woodwork. Coundoul continued his stellar play in the 56th minute, stopping Bunbury from point blank range. Richards had another chance to give the Red Bulls a two-goal cushion when he went through unmarked, but his shot slammed off the right post. Forward Thierry Henry also nearly doubled New York’s lead in the 64th minute, weaving his way down the left side of the field, but his effort to the far post begged just wide.

Coundoul made perhaps his best save of the night in the 76th minute. Wizards substitute Jack Jewsbury won the ball in midfield and charged towards goal, letting go a blast from 25 yards out. Coundoul’s outstretched arm tipped the ball over the net for a corner kick.

New York midfielder Rafa Marquez was a late scratch in the lineup due to a left knee contusion and he was replaced by Tony Tchani.

The Red Bulls return to action next Saturday when they host defending MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena for a 4:00 PM ET kickoff (TV: MSG; Radio WADO 1280 AM). Tickets for the remaining regular season home matches, as well as the Red Bulls’ home playoff matches, are available and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER, or by logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

New York Red Bulls 1, Kansas City Wizards 0
Oct. 2, 2010 – Red Bull Arena

Scoring Summary:
NY: Dane Richards 4 (unassisted) 6’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Roy Miller (caution) 38’
NY: Carlos Mendes (caution) 46’
NY: Mehdi Ballouchy (caution) 54’

New York Red Bulls (14-8-5, 47 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller (Mike Petke 86’), Dane Richards, Mehdi Ballouchy, Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere, Thierry Henry (Carl Robinson 74’), Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Danleigh Borman, Conor Chinn, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Salou Ibrahim

Kansas City Wizards (9-11-6, 33 pts.) – Jimmy Nielsen (GK), Michael Harrington, Shavar Thomas (Chance Myers 88’), Jimmy Conrad, Roger Espinoza, Davy Arnaud, Kei Kamara, Stephane Auvray (Birahim Diop 83’), Craig Rocastle (Jack Jewsbury 71’), Josh Wolff, Teal Bunbury

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Matt Besler, Jonathan Leathers, Graham Zusi

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Eric Proctor
4th Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Attendance: 24,799

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