Despite coming back from a 1-0 deficit, the Red Bulls fell to the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-1 in an extra time loss at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA Tuesday evening to halt New York’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run in the fourth round. New York rookie Connor Lade tallied his second goal in the competition in the result.
The Red Bulls return to action Sunday, June 17, when they head off to Chicago for a 5:00 PM ET match against the Fire at TOYOTA Park (TV: NBC Sports Network, Radio: WLIB 1190 AM).
Harrisburg took the early 1-0 lead on a goal from forward Sainey Touray. Touray received a pass from Brian Ombiji and slipped one past Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara in the 13th minute.
Forward Jhonny Arteaga nearly scored the equalizer in the 24th minute courtesy of a feed from midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli. Arteaga’s left-footed shot just went wide of the goal and out for a goal kick.
In the second half, Harrisburg pressured New York early, but it was the Red Bulls who turned things around quickly and reversed action up the pitch. In the 60th minute, the effort paid off, as Lade ripped one on goal past City Islanders goalkeeper Nick Noble to level the score. The tally marked Lade’s second in as many matches.
New York kept its foot on the pedal in the second half and Dax McCarty and Brandon Barklage each nearly picked up the go-ahead goals inside the 65th and 66th minutes with shots just missing the mark. In the 70th minute, it was McCarty again who unleashed a rocket that bounced off the post and out of play to keep the score tied at one.
During second half stoppage time, the hosts broke in on goal and came within a Meara save of walking away with a win. But the former Fordham University product got a hand on the shot and sent it over the crossbar and out to keep the sides level heading into extra time.
In the 94th minute, Harrisburg’s Garret Pettis sent a floater into the Red Bulls’ defensive zone that was met by Touray, who chipped one over a diving Meara for his second of the match to give the City Islanders a 2-1 lead.
The Red Bulls raced for their second goal of the game and had their chances. Shortly into the second half of extra time, Barklage connected with McCarty on a free kick into the box that was headed on goal, but the ball was caught by Noble. It was McCarty again in the 113th minute looking to score the equalizer on a left-footed rocket that was just barely tipped by Noble. New York appealed for a penalty kick soon after, as Jason Pelletier seemed to have handled a Red Bulls cross in the box, but the referee let play go on.
The final goal of the match came off the foot of Harrisburg’s Lucky Mkosana, who fired one past Meara from the right side in the 118th minute to secure the win and lead Harrisburg to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
New York’s next home game is slated for Sunday, June 24, when they host rival D.C. United at 7:00 PM. Get tickets at newyorkredbulls.com or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
New York Red Bulls 1, Harrisburg City Islanders 3 AET
June 5, 2012 – Skyline Sports Complex – Harrisburg, PA
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – Fourth Round
Harrisburg City Advances to Quarterfinals
HAR: Sainey Touray (Brian Ombiji) 13’
NY: Connor Lade 2 (unassisted) 59’
HAR: Sainey Touray 2 (Garret Pettis) 94’
HAR: Lucky Mkosana (Yann Ekra) 118’
HAR: Bilal Duckett (caution) 29’
HAR: Andrew Welker (caution) 38’
HAR: Jason Pelletier (caution) 87’
HAR: Stephen Basso (caution) 90’
NY: Jhonny Arteaga (caution) 90’
NY: Markus Holgersson (caution) 120’
New York Red Bulls – Ryan Meara, Brandon Barklage (Jonathan Borrajo 115’), Markus Holgersson, Wilman Conde, Heath Pearce, Jan Gunnar Solli, Dax McCarty (Stephen Keel 117’), Mehdi Ballouchy, Connor Lade, Jhonny Arteaga, Kenny Cooper
Substitutes Not Used: Jeremy Vuolo, Ryan Maduro
Harrisburg City Islanders – Nick Noble (GK), Stephen Basso, Tom Brandt, Andrew Marshall, Bilal Duckett, Jason Pelletier, Andrew Welker (Yann Ekra 45’), Joseph Noone, Morgan Langley (Lucky Mkosana 69’), Brian Ombiji (Tom Mellor 89’), Sainey Touray
Substitutes Not Used: Colin Zizzi, Garret Pettis, Drew Yates, Bryan Holt
Referee: Robert Sibiga
Referee’s Assistants: Kevin Klinger, JT Zablonski
4th Referee: Brandon Smith