New York Red Bulls 2, W Connection 2

MARABELLA, TRINIDAD– On a hot and humid night at Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, Trinidad, the New York Red Bulls and W Connection played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg of a two-leg preliminary series in the CONCACAF Champions League. Red Bulls newcomer Ernst Oebster scored his first goal in his first match with New York after joining the team from Red Bull Salzburg earlier this month.

W Connection opened the scoring at the 40-minute mark when Hughton Hector sent a corner kick into the area that Red Bulls Juan Pablo Angel tried to clear with a header. However, the header failed to clear, hitting the bar and deflecting to the back post and onto the foot of Jonathan Fana Farias who cleaned it up for a the 1-0 lead.

Oebster leveled the match at one apiece just three minutes into the second half when he struck a right-footed shot from the left side of the box that deflected downward off the arm of W Connection defender Kern Cupid and under the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Jan Michel Williams.

New York took the lead for the first time in the 60th minute when defender Alfredo Pacheco took a shot from 35 yards out that deflected twice, with the final deflection off the foot of fallen defender Elijah Joseph in the box and over Williams for an own goal and a 2-1 Red Bulls advantage..

However, the Red Bulls couldn’t hold the lead as the Savonetta Boys leveled the match at two in the 72nd minute. Pacheco missed a clearing header at the top of the area that went onto the foot of Hector. Hector settled the ball and fired a shot from the top of box that hit the left post and deflected into the net past Cepero.

New York Red Bulls 2, W Connection 2
July 30, 2009 – Manny Ramjohn Stadium; Mirabella, Trinidad

Scoring Summary:
WCONN: Jonathan Fana Farias (unassisted) 40’
NY: Ernst Oebster (unassisted) 48’
NY: own goal (Elijah Joseph) 60’
WCONN: Hughton Hector (unassisted) 72’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Jorge Rojas (caution) 28’
WCONN: Clyde Leon (caution) 36’
NY: Jorge Rojas (caution) 29’
NY: Kevin Goldthwaite (caution) 34’
NY: Jeremy Hall (caution) 45’
NY: Albert Celades (caution) 53’
WCONN: Kern Cupid (caution) 66’

New York Red Bulls: Danny Cepero, Alfredo Pacheco, Mike Petke, Kevin Goldthwaite, Ernst Oebster (Danleigh Borman 81'), Jorge Rojas (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 90'), Albert Celades, Seth Stammler, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul, John Wolyniec, Andrew Boyens, Nick Zimmerman, Luke Sassano.

W Connection: Marvin Phillip, Kern Cupid, Renato Pereira, Elijah Joseph, Clyde Leon, William Oliveira (Keryn Navarro 62'), Hughtun Hector, Igor Santos (Andrei Pacheco 65'), Gerard Williams, Jonathan Frias (Matthew Bartholomew 58'), Andre Toussaint.

Referee: Raymond Bogle Campbell
Assistant Referees: Ricardo Morgan, Anthony Garwood
4th Referee: Neal Brizan
Attendance: 6,500