De Rosario makes splash in debut, but Red Bulls settle for home draw

NY puts forth second half offensive onslaught, but can't find winner

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HARRISON, N.J. – Dwayne De Rosario earned an assist as a second-half subsitute in his New York debut, but Cam Weaver's equalizer spoiled the party as Houston survived a wild finish for a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

De Rosario immediately gave the Red Bulls offense the shot in the arm the club had been seeking when it acquired him from Toronto FC on Friday, and the Canadian international sparked a lethargic New York attack as he came off the bench at the restart.

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In the 47th minute, De Rosario sliced a ball from the middle of the field to Dane Richards. Getting control along the left side of the Dynamo box, Richards freed himself with a cutback and fired past goalkeeper Tally Hall
for his first goal of the season. But after an equally lackluster
first half, Houston responded with a goal of their own just three
minutes later.

In the 50th, a Will Bruin header went over the top of the Red Bulls defense. Center back Rafa Márquez lackadaisically tracked back, assuming Bouna Coundoul
would clear the effort. Instead, the New York goalkeeper stayed on his
line and Weaver touched the ball around Coundoul for his first goal of
the season.

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The Red Bulls held the run of play and possession throughout the
match, but the visitors held the edge in quality chances in the first
half. The Dynamo had two good chances early, including Brian Ching
rattling an effort off the bar in the 22nd minute, but Houston lacked
sustained pressure. The Dynamo attack took a hit when Ching was
substituted in the 39th minute following several touch collisions with
Coundoul.

But it was the second half when both sides threw aside any
tentativeness. The Red Bulls seemed to benefit the most from the freedom
to attack, with Richards nearly doubling his scoring account in the
54th minute, sending a laser from inside the six-yard box just past
Hall’s far post. Joel Lindpere’s deflected shot struck post one minute and Thierry Henry was denied on the goal line by Hall in the 70th.

GALLERY: New York vs. Houston

The Red Bulls came close to pulling out a winner three more times in
the game’s last gasps. In the 87th minute, De Rosario put a Lindpere
cross just wide of goal and in the 90th, an Henry header forced Hall to
acrobatically tip the ball over the bar. Roy Miller's header in stoppage time went well over the bar.

With De Rosario in tow, New York next travel to Philadelphia on April 9. Houston host Vancouver on April 10.

Scoring Summary:

NY -- Dane Richards 1 (Dwayne De Rosario 1) 47
HOU -- Cam Weaver 1 (Will Bruin 1, Tally Hall 1) 50

Misconduct Summary:

HOU -- Cam Weaver (caution; Reckless Tackle) 73

Lineups:

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Hunter Freeman, Danny Cruz (Mike Chabala 83), Brad Davis, Lovel Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brian Ching (Cam Weaver 39), Will Bruin (Alex Dixon 73).
Substitutes Not Used: Jason Garey, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Tyler Deric.

New York Red Bulls -- Bouna Coundoul, Jan Gunnar Solli, Tim Ream, Rafael Marquez, Roy Miller, Dane Richards (Luke Rodgers 78), Mehdi Ballouchy (Dwayne De Rosario 46), Teemu Tainio, Joel Lindpere, Juan Agudelo, Thierry Henry.
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Kassel, Stephen Keel, Carlos Mendes, Carl Robinson, Alex Horwath.

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee's Assistants:
Peter Manikowski; Claudio Badea
4th Official:
Armando Villarreal
Attendance:
13,664
Time of Game:
1:51
Weather:
Clear and 58 degrees