TUCSON, AZ (Feb. 20, 2013) – The New York Red Bulls dropped a 2-0 decision to Seattle Sounders FC in Desert Diamond Cup play at the Kino Sports Complex Wednesday evening. With one game to play, the Red Bulls are now 2-2-1 in the 2013 preseason.
The Red Bulls complete Desert Diamond Cup and its preseason schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23, taking on the New England Revolution at Kino Sports Complex in the competition’s third place match. Kickoff is set for approximately 4:00 PM ET. Red Bulls ticket plans for the 2013 season are on sale now by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.
Amid heavy snowfall throughout the contest, New York had a good share of the scoring chances in the opening 45 minutes. Juninho almost recorded his second goal in as many games in the fifth minute, curling a free kick over the Sounders wall and just past the right post. Later, Fabian Espindola created space from 25 yards and shot it high. Espindola and defender Jamison Olave had other attempts in the half that were saved by goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.
Despite New York’s pressure, Seattle took the lead in the 36th minute. Sounders forward Travis Bowen took a shot that goalkeeper Luis Robles saved. However, Alex Caskey was first to the rebound and fired it home from the right side of the penalty box.
In the second half, New York looked to tie the game up and Red Bulls Academy product Amando Moreno came close, sliding his shot wide left 10 minutes in.
Mario Martinez doubled the Sounders’ advantage with 12 minutes left, latching onto a loose ball from long range and volleying it into the back of the net.
New York Red Bulls 0, Seattle Sounders FC 2
Feb. 20, 2013 – Kino Sports Complex – Tucson, AZ
2013 Desert Diamond Cup
SEA: Alex Caskey 1 (unassisted) 36’
SEA: Mario Martinez 1 (unassisted) 78’
SEA: Eriq Zavaleta (caution) 4’
New York Red Bulls – Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura (Brandon Barklage 63’), Jamison Olave (Markus Holgersson 46’), Heath Pearce (Tyler Ruthven 63’), Roy Miller (Peguy Luyindula* 67’), Eric Alexander, Juninho (Michael Bustamante 46’), Josue Martinez (Lloyd Sam 63’), Ruben Izquierdo (Rafhael Domingues 77’), Connor Lade, Fabian Espindola (Amando Moreno 46’)
Seattle Sounders FC – Marcus Hahnemann (Josh Ford 64), Dylan Remick (DeAndre Yedlin 64), Ashani Fairclough (Zach Scott 64), Eriq Zavaleta (Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 64), Marc Burch (Leo Gonzalez 64), Alex Caskey (Mario Martinez 64), Servando Carrasco (Osvaldo Alonso 64), Andy Rose (Brad Evans 64), Lamar Neagle (Steve Zakuani 64), Sammy Ochoa (Mauro Rosales 64), Travis Bowen (Jennings Rex 46, David Estrada 64).
* - Guest/Un-Signed Player