New York Red Bulls 5, Toronto FC 0
In the final soccer match at Giants Stadium, the New York Red Bulls put on an offensive display, as a pair of two-goal performances from forwards Juan Pablo Angel and Macoumba Kandji helped give New York a 5-0 win over Toronto FC Saturday night. Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul made five saves, earning his second shutout of the season. Playing in a heavy downpour for most of the match, the Red Bulls, which scored a season-high five goals, adjusted to the a soggy conditions and ended their 2009 Regular Season on a winning note, finishing with a 5-19-6 (21 pts.) record, while Toronto FC dropped to 10-10-10 (39 pts.).
The game was delayed for 16 minutes due to thunderstorms in the area and started at 7:54 PM ET, but it took New York less than two minutes put their name on the scoreboard. Angel controlled the ball in the central midfield and slid it to Albert Celades, who flicked it over the top to an on-rushing Kandji. Kandji was able to hold off his defender and hit a low shot past goalkeeper Brian Edwards and into the back of the net for his third goal of the season. Celades, who announced his retirement from professional soccer Friday, earned his fourth assist of the year on the play.
Toronto FC tried to get back in the game, as former Red Bull Amado Guevara took a skipping shot from long range that went wide right. Soon after, Chad Barrett was able to volley it towards goal and Coundoul was forced to smother it.
Guevara tested Coundoul again in the 14th minute. This time, he cut it back at the top of the penalty box and curled a shot that the goalkeeper parried away. Four minutes later, Barrett was slipped free in the Red Bulls’ half, but Coundoul was quickly off his line to deflect the ball, before clearing it to safety.
New York extended their lead in the 33rd minute. Kandji had the ball on the left wing and centered it to Angel at the top of the penalty box. Angel touched it past defender Adrian Serioux and hit a shot that Edwards got a piece on, but it dribbled into the goal.
Guevara almost immediately answered for the visitors, blasting a free kick over the Red Bulls wall and just past the right post.
Angel, who was honored after the game for breaking the club’s record for goals scored in all competitions on Sept. 26 with 46, tallied his second goal of the game and ninth career multi-goal game in the 62nd minute. Jeremy Hall collected the ball on the left side of the field and drove it forward before guiding it through to Angel, who one-timed it into the far corner.
Coundoul kept his clean sheet in the 67th minute, making a diving stop from a point blank Ali Gerba deflection to deny Toronto FC of a goal.
The Red Bulls iced the game 20 minutes from full time. New York defender Andrew Boyens played a long ball into Toronto FC’s half that Sam Cronin misjudged and flicked back. Kandji raced onto to it, rounded Edwards and put it home for his first multi-goal game.
Coundoul later had to fully extend to tip away a Pablo Vitti attempt headed straight to goal.
In second half stoppage time, Kandji broke away on goal and was tackled from behind in the box by Serioux. Substitute Matthew Mbuta stepped up and put it away for the game’s final goal.
Red Bulls defender Mike Petke, recognized after the game for breaking into the Top-10 in minutes played in MLS history on Sept. 26, was forced to leave the game in the 9th minute after sustaining a right quadriceps injury. Walter Garcia replaced him, making his MLS debut.
Toronto FC 0, New York Red Bulls 5
October 24, 2009 – Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ
NY: Macoumba Kandji 3 (Albert Celades 4, Juan Pablo Angel 2) 2’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 11 (Macoumba Kandji 5) 33’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 12 (Jeremy Hall 1) 62’
NY: Macoumba Kandji 4 (unassisted) 70’
NY: Matthew Mbuta 1 (penalty kick) 94’+
TFC: O’Brian White (caution) 60’
Toronto FC (10-10-10, 39 pts.): Brian Edwards, Adrian Serioux, Nana Attakora, Emmanuel Gomez (Pablo Vitti 64’), Jim Brennan, Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman, Amado Guevara, Sam Cronin, Chad Barrett (Ali Gerba, 32’), O’Brian White (Amadou Sanyang 77’)
Substitutes Not Used: Ben Dragovan, Lesly Fellinga, Gabe Gala, Nick Garcia
New York Red Bulls (5-19-6, 21 pts.): Bouna Coundoul, Danleigh Borman, Andrew Boyens, Mike Petke (Walter Garcia 9’), Carlos Johnson, Jeremy Hall, Seth Stammler, Albert Celades (Matthew Mbuta 92’), Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji, Juan Pablo Angel (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 90’)
Substitutes Not Used: Danny Cepero, Luke Sassano, Ernst Oebster, Nick Zimmerman
Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott, Jason Cullum
4th Referee: Chris Penso