Red Bulls Roll Past Montreal, 4-0, at Red Bull Arena
HARRISON, NJ (July 13, 2013) – Forward Thierry Henry had a goal and two assists while Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill and Peguy Luyindula also found the back of the net, as the New York Red Bulls rolled past the Montreal Impact, 4-0, at Red Bull Arena Saturday evening. The win over the Impact, which was leading the Eastern Conference heading into this weekend, lifted the Red Bulls (9-7-4 record) to 31 points, tying them with Montreal (9-5-4).
Alexander gave the Red Bulls the lead in the 10th minute with a spectacular individual effort. After receiving the ball from Henry on the right side of midfield, Alexander drove towards goal and got past several Impact players before putting a low left-footed shot past goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
Six minutes later, the Red Bulls doubled their advantage. Brandon Barklage slipped Fabian Espindola through along the right sideline. Espindola cut in and chipped it to an onside Henry, who buried it from eight yards out for his seventh goal of the year.
Alexander again was a threat to the Impact defense and was inches from scoring his second of the match in the 32nd minute, making a direct run with the ball, controlling it with his right foot and blasting it off the woodwork.
Goalkeeper Luis Robles kept the Impact scoreless three minutes into the second half, going down to block a Justin Mapp attempt. Soon after, Robles came up big again for New York, parrying an on-target Marco Di Vaio shot out of danger.
Henry had a hand in New York’s third goal in the 63rd minute, curling a corner kick that Cahill dove to head in by the near post. Cahill nearly had a second in the 84th minute, nodding a Henry cross off the crossbar.
The Red Bulls earned a penalty kick with three minutes to play when Lloyd Sam was tripped in the box by Alessandro Nesta. Luyindula stepped up and converted the spot kick for his first MLS goal.
The Red Bulls host French Ligue 1 side, Olympique Lyonnais, on July 16 at 8:00 PM in an international friendly. Tickets for the match are available by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.
New York Red Bulls 4, Montreal Impact 0
July 13, 2013 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
MLS Regular Season
NY: Eric Alexander 2 (Thierry Henry 3) 10’
NY: Thierry Henry 7 (Fabian Espindola 2, Brandon Barklage 4) 16’
NY: Tim Cahill 5 (Thierry Henry 4) 63’
NY: Peguy Luyindula 1 (unassisted) 88’
MTL: Davy Arnaud (caution) 46’+
NY: Jamison Olave (caution) 46’
MTL: Matteo Ferrari (caution) 61’
New York Red Bulls (9-7-4, 31 points) – Luis Robles, Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Kosuke Kimura, Eric Alexander (Lloyd Sam 74’), Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill (Michael Bustamante 89’), Jonny Steele, Fabian Espindola (Peguy Luyindula 78’), Thierry Henry
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Matt Miazga, Andre Akpan, Connor Lade
Montreal Impact (9-5-4, 31 points) – Troy Perkins, Jeb Brovsky, Hassoun Camara, Matteo Ferrari, Alessandro Nesta, Patrice Bernier, Andres Romero (Blake Smith 36’), Davy Arnaud (Andrea Pisanu 77’), Justin Mapp, Daniele Paponi, Marco Di Vaio (Andrew Wenger 84’)
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Bush, Collen Warner, Wandrille Lefevre, Dennis Iapichino
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Eric Proctor
4th Referee: Robert Sibiga