Red Bulls stumble for first time in 2010

Missed scoring chances, Coundoul flub too much to overcome

Over
the course of a long and often grueling MLS season, there are bound to be days
when things don’t click. Consider the Red Bulls’ 2-0 loss to Chivas USA on
Saturday the first time this season the Red Bulls know the feeling.

“We just didn’t put it together," said midfielder Sinisa
Ubiparipovic after the match. "Our
passing wasn’t good enough to break them down."

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Almost immediately after kickoff of
the second half, the Red Bulls found themselves on their heels and trailing. A
46th-minute strike by Jesús Padilla from just outside the box
deflected off rookie defender Tim Ream, catching Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul
flat-footed. The shot struck the post and bounced to Coundoul, who lunged at
the ball and pushed it across the line and into the back of the net. It was the
first goal New York conceded and the first time the team trailed all season.

The Red Bulls pressured and pushed
for an equalizer throughout much of the second half, but their attack
sputtered. Despite the second-half insertion of Salou Ibrahim – the freshly
inked forward from Belgium – into the match, New York rarely looked dangerous. Striker
Juan Pablo Ángel struggled for a second straight game but came close twice in
the 63rd and 66th minutes, with both of his headers failing
to land on frame. For much of the game,
New York struggled to muster anything offensively.

New York’s best chance of the half
and the match came in the 73rd minute when Mac Kandji settled a ball
on the left side of Chivas USA’s box and sent a cross to Ibrahim, who was open
from eight yards out. Unmarked, the second-half sub awkwardly settled and
floated a shot across the goal and wide.

Chivas USA iced the game during
extra time off the foot of Padilla, who outraced Jeremy Hall for a through ball
from midfield and beat a diving Coundoul for his second goal of the game,
capping off a solid performance by the hosts.

“He said he didn’t think we played
our best,” Ubiparipovic said of coach Hans Backe. “But we’ll be back, this is
our first loss this year, including preseason. We will do better.”