Chivas USA 2, New York Red Bulls 0
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ– The New York Red Bulls started a five-game homestand Saturday night with a 2-0 loss to Chivas USA at Giants Stadium. Chivas USA forwards Maykel Galindo and Eduardo Lillingston scored the night’s goals, as the Red Bulls fell to 2-16-4 (10 pts.) this season.
New York nearly took the lead in the 13th minute. Seth Stammler played the ball wide to midfielder Ernst Oebster on the left wing and his ensuing delivery into the box was headed just wide by forward John Wolyniec. Chivas USA took advantage of the Red Bulls’ missed opportunity with a goal two minutes later. Chukwudi Chijindu had the ball on the right side of the Red Bulls’ defensive half and found a streaking Galindo in the penalty box. Galindo took a touch before slotting it past goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul from eight-yards-out.
In the 20th minute, Chivas USA almost made it 2-0. Midfielder Sacha Kljestan had possession on the left side of the penalty box and laid it off to Jesse Marsch, who forced Coundoul to make a diving save.
Midfielder Dane Richards was close to tying the match in the 32nd minute. Stammler had possession in the middle of the field and strung a pass to an on-rushing Richards, who rolled it past goalkeeper Zach Thornton and the left post. Soon after, Richards beat Thornton to the ball near the corner flag and tried to curl it into the empty net from a sharp angle, but he could not get his attempt on frame.
With the Red Bulls still trailing, Wolyniec almost took advantage of a Chivas USA miscue in the second half when he intercepted a weak Carey Talley back pass and was in alone on goal. Wolyniec took a few touches and shot it at a diving Thornton, who was off his line. Later, Oebster found Wolyniec with a cross and the forward’s glancing header just missed the mark.
The hosts continued to look for the equalizer. In the 73rd minute, Thornton couldn’t get to a Danleigh Borman cross and the ball bounced to Stammler, whose first-time volley went past the right post. Four minutes later, Nick Zimmerman blasted a free kick from long range that Thornton acrobatically punched away. Stammler later rushed into the Chivas penalty box and fired an attempt which Thornton caught.
Chivas USA iced the game in second half stoppage time when Michael Lahoud stayed onside from a Gerson Mayen long ball and centered it to a wide-open Lillingston, who knocked it into the empty net.
New York was missing the services of forward Juan Pablo Angel (concussion), midfielder Jorge Rojas and forward Macoumba Kandji (right hamstring strain) due to injury. Midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic was suspended for Saturday’s match after earning a red card in the team’s last match. Midfielder Albert Celades left the game in the 35th minute with a right thigh contusion and was replaced by Nick Zimmerman. Defender Carlos Johnson, who made his first appearance since May 16 after suffering a broken fifth metatarsal, was removed at halftime with a lower back contusion. Defender Mike Petke earned his fifth yellow card on Saturday and will be suspended for the team’s next game.
The Red Bulls continue their regular season schedule on Aug. 23 when they face FC Dallas at 3:00 PM ET (TV: MSG, TeleFutura; Radio: WQBU 92.7 FM). For tickets, call the Red Bulls at 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.
CD Chivas USA 2, New York Red Bulls 0
August 15, 2009 – Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ
CHV: Maykel Galindo 3 (Chukwudi Chijindu 1) 15’
CHV: Eduardo Lillingston 7 (Michael Lahoud 1, Gerson Mayen 5) 92’+
CHV: Ante Jazic (caution) 36’
CHV: Sacha Kljestan (caution) 46’+
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 70’
CHV: Bojan Stepanovic (caution) 77’
CD Chivas USA (9-7-3, 30 pts.): Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Carey Talley, Ante Jazic, Jonathan Bornstein, Sacha Kljestan, Marcelo Saragosa, Jesse Marsch, Bojan Stepanovic (Gerson Mayen 87’), Maykel Galindo (Eduardo Lillingston 73’), Chukwudi Chijindu (Michael Lahoud 60’)
Substitutes Not Used: Lance Parker, Jorge Flores, Bobby Burling
New York Red Bulls (2-16-4, 10 pts.): Bouna Coundoul, Jeremy Hall, Kevin Goldthwaite, Mike Petke, Carlos Johnson (Danleigh Borman 46’), Luke Sassano (Matthew Mbuta 80’), Ernst Oebster, Seth Stammler, Albert Celades (Nick Zimmerman 35’), Dane Richards, John Wolyniec
Substitutes Not Used: Danny Cepero, Leo Krupnik, Alfredo Pacheco, Andrew Boyens
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Jeff Muschik, Rob Fereday
4th Referee: Lee Suckle