Red Bulls Unbeaten Run Snapped with 2-1 Loss to Vancouver
HARRISON, NJ (June 1, 2013) – The New York Red Bulls lost their first match in eight games Saturday night, falling to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2-1, at Red Bull Arena in front of 19,969 spectators. New York, which was enjoying its first seven-game unbeaten run (5-0-2) in 10 years, remained at 25 points with a 7-5-4 record.
The Red Bulls will have a break from play next week before participating in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, taking on the New England Revolution at Harvard University on June 12 at 7:30 PM. New York’s next MLS match is on June 23, as it battles the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park at 5:00 PM (TV: ESPN; Radio: ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 AM). For tickets to Red Bulls matches, call 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.
The Red Bulls dominated possession in the opening half and tested Vancouver’s defense early, with Fabian Espindola forcing goalkeeper Brad Knighton to stop his left-footed attempt in the 14th minute. Soon after, Jonny Steele’s on target blast was caught by Knighton. In the 21st minute, Juninho created space for himself and hit a dipping shot that zipped just over the crossbar.
New York took the lead in the 51st minute via good attacking play in Vancouver’s defensive third. Thierry Henry slid the ball through to an on-rushing Steele, whose low cross was re-directed into his own net by Greg Klazura.
However, the visitors equalized seven minutes later. After New York cleared a corner kick, Whitecaps FC defender Lee Young-Pyo swung a ball towards the back post that was headed back towards the penalty spot. Jordan Harvey was there to volley it into the net.
The Red Bulls were reduced to 10 men when Jamison Olave earned his second yellow card and a subsequent red card for a foul on Kenny Miller in the 75th minute.
Vancouver took home the three points seven minutes from full time as Miller headed home a Russell Teibert cross from inside the box.
New York Red Bulls 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
June 1, 2013 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
MLS Regular Season
NY: Greg Klazura (own goal) 51’
VAN: Jordan Harvey 1 (unassisted) 58’
VAN: Kenny Miller 3 (Russell Teibert 1, Jun Marques Davidson 1) 83’
NY: Jamison Olave (caution) 49’
VAN: Jordan Harvey (caution) 67’
VAN: Alain Rochat (caution) 70’
NY: Jamison Olave (second caution, ejection) 75’
NY: Roy Miller (caution) 86’
New York Red Bulls (7-5-4, 25 points) – Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura, Markus Holgersson, Jamison Olave, Roy Miller, Eric Alexander (Lloyd Sam 72’), Juninho, Dax McCarty, Jonny Steele (Heath Pearce 78’), Fabian Espindola (Peggy Luyindula 70’), Thierry Henry
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Bustamante, Ryan Meara, Connor Lade, Brandon Barklage
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-4-4, 16 points) – Brad Knighton, Jordan Harvey, Johnny Leveron, Andy O’Brien, Greg Klazura (Lee Young-Pyo 57’, Alain Rochat (Daigo Kobayashi 77’), Matt Watson, Jun Marques Davidson, Russell Teibert, Kenny Miller, Camilo Sanvezzo (Kekuta Manneh 87’)
Substitutes Not Used: Erik Hurtado, Tommy Heinemann, Corey Hertzog, Joe Cannon
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Brian Dunn
4th Referee: Chris Penso