Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara scored goals on both ends of the pitch Sunday night as the Red Bulls and SKC played to a 1-1 draw at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
After allowing an early goal in the fourth minute of the match, Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette locked down between the posts and helped backstop New York to a one-point finish on the road, the team's third tie this season when playing away from Red Bull Arena.
Sebastien Le Toux, who helped play a strong ball into the box that led to the Kamara own goal, nearly helped the Red Bulls edge out two extra points in the final minutes of stoppage time. Following an SKC corner kick attempt, Le Toux broke free from the defense and got the better of a one-on-one run down the pitch toward the Kansas City goal. A streaking Dax McCarty made himself wide open for a pass from Le Toux, but as the ball centered onto his foot, a strong first touch while still in stride sent it off target and broke up a play that could have amounted to a New York goal.
The Red Bulls return to action Wednesday night when they take to the road for a rivalry match against DC United. Join us for an outdoor viewing party at Pier A in Hoboken starting at 7:30 PM. We’ll have food and beer on site courtesy of Texas Arizona, 3v3 soccer and a bunch of prizes and giveaways. More information available on our Facebook Event.
Here are a few photos from Sunday's draw in Kansas City:
There's a healthy buzz around the Internet today following Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup action. And why not? The Red Bulls' 3-0 shutout win over the Charleston Battery wasn't the only exciting match of the night. In fact, the full night's worth of matches resulted in a number of upsets, as seven MLS sides were eliminated from contention.
MLSsoccer.com has an individual breakdown of each match, complete with a short summary of some of the most intense matches of the night.
Obviously the level of excitement of each match is up to a fan's own interpretation, but I doubt you'll find anyone who will deny the fact that the Harrisburg City Islanders vs. New England Revolution match was anything short of dramatic.
Once the Red Bulls defeated the Battery, it would come down to the winner of that match to determine the who, when and where of New York's fourth round Open Cup meeting.
New England played a majority of the match down a man, yet still closed out the first 90 minutes in a scoreless draw against Harrisburg. But, seeing as how each match up must produce a winner, a draw was not an option. During extra time, New England jumped out to an explosive 3-0 lead. At that point it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Red Bulls would be hosting the Revolution at Red Bull Arena. After all, a 3-0 lead is pretty much a lock in extra time, right?
Well, not exactly.
The City Islanders caught fire and scored three goals of their own to draw level in the additional 30 minutes of time. From there, Harrisburg closed out its rally with a picture-perfect finish in penalty kicks to not only advance to the next round, but also host the Red Bulls at Skyline Sports Complex in PA on June 5 (7:30 p.m. kickoff).
One of the reasons I love the U.S. Open Cup is the opportunity to discover American soccer in full depth. We can all find the top of the totem pole, the men’s and women’s national teams and MLS. But there’s a lot of soccer out there that’s not fully professional, that’s lesser adorned and not necessarily attached to network TV contracts.
One-by-one the results kept coming in Tuesday night, with each one seeming more unlikely than the last. On perhaps the wildest, most unpredictable night in U.S. Open Cup history, seven MLS teams were eliminated from the competition the third round, and the manner in which some of them were sent packing was downright shocking.
If the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup action turns out to be just as intense as the third, then fans will undoubtedly be treated to some more exciting soccer.
Mark your calendars: Red Bulls vs. City Islanders on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET