CARSON, CA (May 5, 2012) – The New York Red Bulls (5-3-1, 16 points) defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy (3-5-1, 10 points) Saturday night by the final of 1-0 to earn three big points on the road at The Home Depot Center.
Midfielder Joel Lindpere scored his first of the season and the only goal of the match when he sent one into the back of the net in the 19th minute. Defender Jan Gunnar Solli, who made his return to the lineup after recovering from a calf injury that left him out against New England, earned the assist, his second of the season.
One goal is all the Red Bulls would need to secure the victory, as the back line of Connor Lade, Tyler Ruthven, Markus Holgersson and Brandon Barklage limited a number of Galaxy chances throughout the full 90 minutes.
Holgersson, who wore the captain’s armband in the wake of Thierry Henry’s injury, made a goal-saving play off the line in the 13th minute when Galaxy forward Robbie Keane attempted a chip shot over Ryan Meara. Ruthven stepped up later in the match to make a big clear from just outside the box when the Galaxy forwards attempted to organize a successful attack in the 53rd minute.
Meara, one week removed from his first-career MLS shutout, posted a four-save effort en route to a second-straight clean sheet. Two individual saves, one on Mike Magee and another on a heavy shot from Juninho in the 82nd minute, stood out as the highlight-reel worth effort helped the Red Bulls improve to 2-3-0 on the road this season.
The Red Bulls return to action Wednesday when they host the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena for a 7pm kick off.
New York Red Bulls 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 0
May 5, 2012 – The Home Depot Center – Carson, CA
MLS Regular Season
NY: Joel Lindpere 1 (Jan Gunnar Solli) 19’
NY: Dane Richards (caution) 31’
LA: David Beckham (caution) 32’
NY: Dax McCarty (caution) 80’
LA: Chad Barrett (caution 88’
New York Red Bulls (5-3-1, 16 points) – Ryan Meara (GK), Connor Lade, Tyler Ruthven, Markus Holgersson, Brandon Barklage, Dax McCarty, Jan Gunnar Solli (Juan Agudelo 83’), Joel Lindpere, Mehdi Ballouchy (Victor Palsson 83’), Dane Richards, Kenny Cooper
Substitutes Not Used: Jeremy Vuolo, Jonathan Borrajo, Ryan Maduro, Jhonny Arteaga, Corey Hertzog,
Los Angeles Galaxy (3-5-1, 10 points) – Bill Gaudette (GK), A.J. DeLaGarza, Sean Franklin, Todd Dunivant, Tommy Meyer (Michael Stephens 75’), David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee (Pat Noonan 68’), Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Edson Buddle (Chad Barrett 68’)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Sarvas, Bryan Gaul, Dan Keat, Brian Rowe,
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wenchowski, Corey Parker
4th Referee: Mark Declouet