Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sounders come away with a point against the New York Red Bulls, 2-2 draw
The Seattle Sounders looked to pick up where they left off from their Open Cup semifinal victory against Chivas USA during midweek and pick up three points against the New York Red Bulls in their final trip to the east coast this season, but in the end both teams settled for a point. The Sounders didn't get the win, but they did come away with a valuable road point after a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, New Jersey. The Sounders return home this Wednesday for a friendly match against European Champions Chelsea. Their next league game won't be until July 28th when they travel to Dicks Sporting Goods Park to take on the Colorado Rapids.
The Sounders had control of this match early on and their first real opportunity came in the 11th minute. Brad Evans fed the ball to Eddie Johnson who did very well to get around Rafa Marquez. Evans continued his run and Johnson found him with a great through ball and Evans had a chance to put it away but Bill Gaudette came out and got a hand to it. This is the second time the Sounders faced Gaudette this season. The first time they faced him was when the LA Galaxy traveled to Seattle. Gaudette, who was acquired a couple days ago from the Galaxy, was making his Red Bulls debut in replace of rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara who was out with a hip injury.
In the 21st minute, the Red Bulls had to make a change defensively. Rafa Marquez, who has been criticised by the media all season, left the game with a hip injury and was replaced by Wilman Conde, Jr. After the sub the Red Bulls changed their tactics offensively with Thierry Henry pushing up top. By the way, that was the only sub the Red Bulls made in the game. That just goes to show that head coach Hans Backe doesn't trust his bench.
Seattle Sounders FC - Alvaro Fernandez 2 (Adam Johansson 1) 16'
New York Red Bulls - Sebastien Le Toux 5 (unassisted) 24'
New York Red Bulls - Joel Lindpere 3 (Brandon Barklage 4) 61'
Seattle Sounders FC - Fredy Montero 5 (Brad Evans 1, Adam Johansson 2) 67'
Seattle Sounders FC - Marc Burch (caution; foul) 44'
New York Red Bulls - Connor Lade (caution; foul) 53'
Seattle Sounders FC - Andy Rose (caution; handball) 66'
New York Red Bulls - Thierry Henry (caution; dissent) 74'
Seattle Sounders FC - Bryan Meredith; Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Marc Burch; Brad Evans (Servando Carrasco 85'), Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose (Leo Gonzalez 77'), Alvaro Fernandez; Mauro Rosales (Fredy Montero 62'), Eddie Johnson
New York Red Bulls - Bill Gaudette; Brandon Barklage, Markus Holgersson, Rafa Marquez (Wilman Conde 21'), Roy Miller; Joel Lindpere, Dax McCarty, Connor Lade; Sebastien Le Toux, Kenny Cooper, Thierry Henry
Labels: Adam Johansson, Alvaro Fernandez, Brad Evans, Bryan Meredith, Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero, Kenny Cooper, Major League Soccer(MLS), New York Red Bulls, Rafa Marquez, Seattle Sounders, Sebastien Le Toux, soccer, Thierry Henry