Player ratings after draw with Houston

De Rosario makes instant impact; Richards proved dangerous

Jan Gunnar Solli

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Harrison, N.J.– It wasn’t the result the Red Bulls wanted, but Saturday night’s 1-1 tie with Houston keeps New York unbeaten on the season. The Red Bulls held the majority of possession and a clear advantage in chances created, especially in the second half.  Here is a look at my player ratings from the match:

GK – Bouna Coundoul: The first action of the season for Coundoul saw him make several nice saves but he probably should have stayed on this line on Cam Weaver's 50th minute equalize. Rating: 5.5

D – Jan Gunnar Solli: An up and down performance from the right back, who inconsistent in the first half, but rebounded for a solid final 45 minutes.  His movement is solid. Rating: 6

D – Rafa Marquez: Coming back from international duty, Marquez was perhaps tired as he was erratic on set pieces, his supposed forte, with several weak corner kicks and poorly taken dead ball situations. Lacked vigor in clearing header that set up Houston's equalizer. Rating: 4.5

D – Tim Ream: Didn’t notice Ream that much which isn’t a bad thing for a center back. Won his aerial battles and distributed well with no major gaffes. Rating: 6

D – Roy Miller: Like he did early last year, Miller is pushing up well into the attack with confidence. Had a golden chance in the first half when he was sprung into the box with a through ball but tried to cross when he should have shot. Still, a solid outing for Miller. Rating: 6.5

M – Dane Richards: Struggled to get into the flow of the match in the first half but with more space in the second half, was incredibly dangerous. Great composure on the New York goal when he pulled back before firing the shot past the keeper. Rating: 7

M – Teemu Tainio: Seemed like Tainio struggled to settle into the match, rarely receiving touches and getting into the rhythm in a chippy first half and a frenetic second half. Invisible in the final third. Rating: 5

M – Joel Lindpere: Was the lone bright spot of the Red Bulls offense at the start of the game where his hard work and interchange with Miller and the forwards created some sparks down the left side. Another solid match from the energizer on the wings. Rating: 6.5

M – Mehdi Ballouchy: Showed flashes in the first half and his halftime substitution seemed a bit unfair but his inconsistent play prompted Backe to sub on De Rosario after the break. His days in the Starting XI appear numbered. Rating: 5.5

F – Juan Agudelo: After scoring his first league goal two weeks ago and then tallying against Argentina last Saturday for the national team, Agudelo seemed primed for a letdown. Was dangerous but a step slow, perhaps from his heavy match schedule the past week. Rating: 6

F – Thierry Henry: He missed a sitter in the second half and seems to have lost his mojo. An uneasy 90 minutes from Henry despite the six shots he registered. Rating: 5

Substitutes:

M – Dwayne De Rosario: The midfielder spliced a tight ball to spring Richards for New York’s goal. He looks like a difference maker for this club. Rating: 7

F – Luke Rodgers: The forward didn’t have too much time to make an impact but he looks the part, a feisty and pesky player. Worked himself into good position several times. Rating: 6

Kristian R. Dyer can be followed at twitter.com/KristianRDyer