Red Bulls Tie Olympique Lyonnais, 2-2, at Red Bull Arena

Goals from McCarty and Akpan helped the Red Bulls draw level against the Ligue 1 French side

HARRISON, NJ (July 16, 2013) – Dax McCarty and Andre Akpan scored, as the New York Red Bulls drew 2-2 with seven-time Ligue 1 winner, Olympique Lyonnais, Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena in a friendly.

The Red Bulls return to MLS play and look to move up to first place in the Eastern Conference when they face Toronto FC on Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 PM ET at BMO Field (TV: MSG – Pre-Game Show starts at 3:30 PM; Radio: ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 AM). New York then comes home to Red Bull Arena on Saturday, July 27, when they battle Real Salt Lake at 7:00 PM. Tickets for the match are available by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

The Red Bulls went behind in the fourth minute when New York defender Jamison Olave redirected a deflected cross into his own goal. New York goalkeeper Luis Robles made a tremendous save two minutes later to block a Lisandro Lopes shot from eight yards out.

On the other end, Lloyd Sam’s first time attempt rolled straight to Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Then, in the 18th minute, Jonny Steele was clean through on goal but could not put his blast on target.

New York tied the game in the 31st minute. After a quick free kick and a Lyon clearance, the ball fell to McCarty, who took a touch and ripped it into the top corner of the net with his right foot.

The Red Bulls then took the lead in the 61st minute. Sam made a darting run down the right sideline and found Akpan in the center of the box. Akpan was able to turn and bundle it into the back of the net.

Lyon almost answered immediately, as forward Alexandre Lacazette’s low shot slammed off the left post. However, in the 75th minute, the visitors were able to tie the match. Clinton Njie slid it to Yoann Gourcuff in the right side of the penalty box and the Lyon midfielder slammed it in.

New York Red Bulls 2, Olympique Lyonnais 2
July 16, 2013 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ
International Friendly

Scoring Summary:
OL: Jamison Olave (own goal) 4’
NY: Dax McCarty 1 (unassisted) 31’
NY: Andre Akpan 1 (Lloyd Sam 1) 61’
OL: Yoann Gourcuff 1 (Clinton Njie 1) 75’

Disciplinary Summary:
OL: Maxime Gonalons (caution) 32’
NY: Tim Cahill (caution) 40’
OL: Mouhamadou Dabo (caution) 55’
NY: Lloyd Sam (caution) 55’

New York Red Bulls – Luis Robles (Kevin Hartman 32’, Ryan Meara 62’), Michael Bustamante (Ian Christianson 67’), Jamison Olave (Ibrahim Sekagya 46’), Markus Holgersson (Matt Miazga 46’), Kosuke Kimura, Lloyd Sam (Ruben Bover 62’), Dax McCarty (Brandon Barklage 46’), Tim Cahill (Eric Alexander 46’), Jonny Steele (Marius Obekop 46’), Fabian Espindola (Andre Akpan 46’), Peguy Luyindula (Amando Moreno 69’)

Substitutes Not Used: None

Olympique Lyonnais – Anthony Lopes, Mouhamadou Dabo (Jordan Ferri 69’), Miguel Lopes (Medhy Zeffane 46’), Milan Bisevac (Arlold Mvuemba 76’), Clement Grenier (Fares Bahlouli  80’), Gueida Fofana, Gael Danic (Nabil Fekir 46’), Steed Malbranque (Yoann Gourcuff 46’), Maxime Gonalons (Bakari Kone 76’), Alexandre Lacazette (Jimmy Briand 80’), Lisandro Lopes (Clinton Njie 68’)

Substitutes Not Used: Matthieu Gorgellin, Rachid Ghezzal

Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Referee’s Assistants: TJ Zablocki, Danny Thornberry
4th Referee: Robert Sibiga
Attendance: 13,829