MLS Regular Season
Bill Gaudette helped keep the match scoreless yet again when he cut down the angle and stopped a Davy Arnaud shot in the 40th minute:
Montreal's Justin Mapp charged in on goal in the 21st minute of Saturday's match in an attempt to crack a scoreless tie. New York goalkeeper Bill Gaudette wasn't about ready to let that happen:
Kenny Cooper may have headed in two goals against the Philadelphia Union, but Connor Lade played a big part in the action leading up to each tally.
In Coop's first goal, a header in the 43rd minute, Lade took a strong pass from Joel Lindpere and placed a nifty ball into the box that helped provide the Red Bulls with a 1-0 lead heading into the half. Then, in the 58th minute, Lade connected with Thierry Henry right outside the box, who then led Cooper in on goal for the forward's 13th of the season.
ProSoccerTalk.com took note of Lade's play, so much so that they named the rookie PST's Player of the Week:
"His precision cross turned into the first of two goals by Kenny Cooper, and the small left-sided midfielder was in the second-half sequence that led to Cooper’s second goal. Mostly, though, all that hustle and bustle was precisely what the Red Bulls needed to slog through a remarkably difficult two matches in four days in oppressive conditions."
Congrats to Lade, who is working his way onto the score sheet with signature hustle and take-no-gruff demeanor.
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The New York Red Bulls claimed another three points at home Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Union.
Kenny Cooper's brace led the way, as he registered his first goal off a header in the 43rd minute thanks to a strong cross from Connor Lade. He later padded New York's lead to 2-0 thirteen minutes into the second half when he headed home his second of the match and 13th of the season to all but ensure the Red Bulls would claim the three-point victory.
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette backstopped the team to its second-straight shutout, as the newcomer earned his second win in three starts to help New York improve to an undefeated 7-0-3 at home.
The Red Bulls return to action Saturday, July 28, when they visit Montreal's Stade Saputo for a 7pm kickoff against the Impact (Watch on MSG). They return home that weekend in preparation for the club's July 31 friendly against Tottenham Hotspur.
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Here are a few photos from Saturday's win:
Kenny Cooper gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead after he headed home his second of the match in the 63rd minute. The tally is his 13th of the season and puts him four behind San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, the league's leading scorer:
Kenny Cooper scored his 12th of the season in the 43rd minute of Saturday's match when he headed home a perfectly placed ball, courtesy of Connor Lade. The goal gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
Thierry Henry broke the scoreless tie at Red Bull Arena Wednesday afternoon with this goal in the 71st minute. The tally marks his 10th of the season and first goal since Apr. 28 when he scored the lone goal in New York's 1-0 win over New England. He later left that match with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly six weeks. At the time of the goal, Henry moved into a three-way tie with Houston's Will Bruin and Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio for fourth place on the MLS leading scorers list.
Here's a replay of Henry's scorcher: