Recap: NYRB defense posts second shutout

First-half Macoumba Kandji goal stands up on road in Seattle

Red Bulls celebrate

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Macoumba Kandji and the newly revamped New York Red Bulls
came to Seattle ready to attack. While they still managed to maintain their defensive
discipline, they showed a more aggressive game plan than last week. The result
was the same, nonetheless—a 1-0 victory that broke a 28-match winless streak on
the road. And keeps New York with an impressive 100% record after two matches.


With NY coach Hans Backe at the team hotel with stomach
ailments, assistant Richie Williams led his players into the match with an
attacking mandate. Kandji scored the only goal in the 21st minute on a
goalmouth scramble, and New York’s defense, marshaled by impressive rookie Tim
Ream, held Seattle at bay for the duration.

From the outset, the capacity crowd at Qwest Field was
treated to an exciting match. After so many low-scoring affairs at home last
season, Seattle came out hoping to bag an early goal. But New York weathered
the early Seattle storm, with goalkeeper Boula Coundoul looking
man-of-the-match solid.

After some early chippiness, the physicality of the game
gave way to some excellent attacking soccer from both sides, and Kandji, New
York’s most dangerous attacker on the night, finally broke through. The
Senegalese striker was first to react to a loose ball in the penalty area,
squeezing the ball in off the bottom of the crossbar.

For Seattle, Steve Zakuani led the charge, who had his way
with New York right back Jeremy Hall. On several occasions, Zakuani beat him
one-on-one and sent in dangerous balls for Seattle to attack. None found the
net, though, and Seattle didn’t have anything to show for its franchise record
nine corner kicks in the first half.

In the second half, New York stepped on the gas. Kandji
forced a diving save from Kasey Keller off some excellent buildup play in the 52nd
minute. And Coundoul continued his unbeatable performance. Zakuani turned in a
superlative individual effort on a blazing run down the left, but Coundoul, one
of the best pure shot-stoppers in the league, tipped the low effort past his
far post.

The Sounders continued forward. Tyrone Marshall headed wide at
the far post off a free kick. Ljungberg latched onto a cross from Pat
Noonan—who subbed on for his Sounders debut—but missed the target with his open

Not to be outdone by Noonan, New York sub Danleigh Borman nearly
created a goal, streaking down the left side and swerving a cross into the
area. Dane Richards should have buried it, but instead shanked it wide.

In the end, neither team found the net before the final
whistle as the Sounders supporters in the South end of the field folded up
their flags and headed home in the chilly Seattle air. Their boys were beaten.

Misconduct Summary:

SEA -- Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Reckless Foul) 10

NY -- Mike Petke (caution; Reckless Foul) 35

NY -- Macoumba Kandji (caution; Reckless Foul) 62

SEA -- James Riley (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 63

Referee: Kevin Stott

Referee's Assistants: Darren Clark; Hector Vergara

4th Official: Tyler Ploeger

Time of Game: 1:52

Weather: Showers-and-44-degrees