MATCH RECAP: Red Bulls 1, Earthquakes 1

RBNY settle for draw after late SJ equalizer

HARRISON, N.J. – If the New York Red Bulls had forgotten about the San Jose Earthquakes’ never-say-die attitude, they were reminded on Saturday.

Steven Lenhart picked a good time to score his first goal of the season, netting an 85th-minute equalizer that made amends for his first-half gaffe and gave the Earthquakes a 1-1 draw in front of 20,001 fans at Red Bull Arena.

Lenhart’s tally came following a deflected cross from the right flank, with the veteran forward clipping the ball up to himself before unleashing a hard volley that Luis Robles could not stop.

The strike negated Bradley Wright-Phillips’ first-half penalty kick, and saw the Earthquakes move to 4-8-5 while pushing New York to 5-6-9.

Wright-Phillips initially put the Red Bulls in front by converting a penalty kick in the 33rd minute that was given to New York after Lenhart clearly handled a ball in the area. The hosts, however, gave up several clear chances late before Lenhart punished them with a well-taken strike.

New York had opportunities to put the game away before Lenhart found the back of the net, but they were unable to capitalize. Wright-Phillips had a golden look in the 81st minute to put the game out of reach and add to his league-leading 17 goals, but San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch denied the English striker on a one-on-one opportunity.

The Red Bulls also had a chance to find a late winner, but Lloyd Sam saw his shot in stoppage time cleared off the goal line. New York could have had a penalty kick in the final minute of the match as well when Peguy Luyindula appeared to take a kick to the face, but match official Jose Carlos Rivero gave the French midfielder a yellow card for simulation.

The Earthquakes quickly return to action, hosting the Chicago Fire in a cross-conference match on Wednesday. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, enter a week-long break from MLS play but will receive a visit from Arsenal in a friendly on July 26.

BOX SCORE

  • New York Red Bulls 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1
  • July 19, 2014
  • MLS Regular Season
  • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
  • Scoring Summary:
  • NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips 17 (penalty kick) 33’
  • SJ: Steven Lenhart 1 (unassisted) 85’
 
Disciplinary Summary: 
  • SJ: Chris Wondolowski (caution) 33’
  • SJ: Shaun Francis (caution) 46+’
  • SJ: Steven Lenhart (caution) 65’
  • NY: Tim Cahill (caution) 70’
  • NY: Jamison Olave (caution) 70’
  • SJ: Shea Salinas (caution) 78’
  • NY: Chris Duvall (caution) 84’
  • NY: Peguy Luyindula (caution) 94+’
 
New York Red Bulls (5-6-9, 24 pts.): Luis Robles, Chris Duvall, Jamison Olave, Ibrahim Sekagya, Ambroise Oyongo, Lloyd Sam, Tim Cahill (Peguy Luyindula 74’), Dax McCarty, Eric Alexander, Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips
 
Substitutes not used: Ryan Meara, Kosuke Kimura, Matt Miazga, Michael Bustamante, Connor Lade, Andre Akpan
 
San Jose Earthquakes (4-8-5, 17 pts.): Jon Busch, Jordan Stewart, Victor Bernardez, Shaun Francis, Jason Hernandez, Sam Cronin, Yannick Djalo (Atiba Harris 83’) Shea Salinas (Alan Gordon 90’), Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (Khari Stephenson 69’), Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski 
 
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, J.J. Koval, Brandon Barklage, Michael Fucito 
 
  • Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
  • Referee’s Assistants: Claudio Badea, Danny Thornberry
  • 4th Referee: Robert Sibiga
  • Attendance: 20,001