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Quakes gore Bulls in finale

Posted on 23 March 2008 by ASN Staff

Goals from forwards Kei Kamara and Gavin Glinton helped give the San Jose Earthquakes a 3-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium in the finale of the Carolina Challenge Cup. San Jose, who won all three of their games in the four-team competition consisting of the Red Bulls, Charleston Battery and Toronto FC, took the tournament title.It took less than a minute for one of the teams to score, with the Earthquakes drawing first blood. Midfielder Ivan Guerrero streaked down the left wing before playing a cross to an open Kamara, who nodded it past a wrong-footed Jon Conway from 10 yards out.

Less than 10 minutes later, Juan Pablo Angel was almost able to equalize when he raced in towards the top of the penalty box. But the play was broken up in the last second by the San Jose defense. Soon after, Claudio Reyna had an unopposed shot from 20 yards out that was gobbled up by goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

In the 19th minute, San Jose almost went two up when Ronnie O’Brien swung a ball into the box that bounced around before it was cleared by Seth Stammler as a couple of Earthquakes were on the lurking, waiting to knock it in.

Three minutes into the second half and Angel was able to get space into the box and unleashed a left footed shot that Cannon blocked before he pounced on it.

Moments later, San Jose doubled its lead. James Riley played an over-the-top ball to an on-rushing Glinton. Though the Red Bulls claimed offsides, Glinton ran through into the box and slotted it past Conway.

The Red Bulls kept on pressing for their first goal of the game and after a good interchange on the right wing in the 59th minute, Luke Sassano passed it off to John Wolyniec, who blasted a deflected shot that just went over the crossbar. Then, in the 77th minute, Angel got free on the right wing and played a hard cross to Danleigh Borman, who lashed a volley wide.

Three minutes from time, a penalty kick was called on the Red Bulls after a foul off a corner kick. Goalkeeper Zach Thornton was able to block Ramiro Corrales’ attempt and knocked it away. However, San Jose played the ball into the six-yard-box and Eric Brunner, trying to clear, slid it into his own net.

New York’s last preseason match is against United Soccer Leagues First Division side, the Carolina RailHawks, on March 28 at 7:30 in Cary, NC. The Red Bulls’ season and home opener is on April 5, when they battle the Columbus Crew at Giants Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM ET.

Scoring Summary:
SJ – Kamara (Guerrero) 1′
SJ – Glinton (Riley) 49′
SJ – Brunner (own goal) 88′

Disciplinary Summary:
NY – Stammler (caution) 62′
NY – Mendes (caution) 62′
SJ – Walker (caution) 89′

New York Red Bulls: Jon Conway (GK) (Zach Thornton 65′), Kevin Goldthwaite (Chris Leitch 46′), Jeff Parke (Carlos Mendes 46′), Eric Brunner, Danleigh Borman, Seth Stammler, Dave van den Bergh (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 61′), Luke Sassano, Claudio Reyna (Mike Magee 46′), Juan Pablo Angel, John Wolyniec (Oscar Echeverry 60′)

San Jose Earthquakes: Joe Cannon (GK), Nick Garcia, Ryan Cochrane (Eric Denton 46′), Jason Hernandez (Jay Ayres 85′), James Riley, Ivan Guerrero (Matt Taylor 77′), Ramiro Corrales, Ned Grabavoy (Conrad Smith 77′), Ronnie O’Brien (Joe Vide 46′), Kei Kamara (Jamil Walker 77′), Gavin Glinton (Shea Salinas 61′)

Referee: Andrew Chapin Referee’s Assistants: Skye Arthur-Banning, Bob Wern 4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal Weather: 65 and clear

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Another 1-1 tie for RB

Posted on 20 March 2008 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls played their second 1-1 tie in as many games, this time splitting points with Toronto FC at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, S.C. John Wolyniec scored the goal for Red Bull on an assist by Claudio Reyna. New York can still win the trophy, but only if San Jose doesn’t win tonight’s second game. With three points from their weather-shortened victory over Toronto Saturday night, the Earthquakes lead the group and could clinch the title with a victory over Charleston tonight.
Wolyniec, here seen in Saturday’s game with Charleston (c) ASN/Julia Fizer
It was New York that was forced to come back from a goal down tonight, as TFC’s Jeff Cunningham put the second-year franchise up after only 10 minutes of play. It took until deep into the second half for Red Bull to answer. The equalizer finally came in minute 74. Juan Pablo Angel hit the ball off the post six minutes later.

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Red Bulls tie USL's Battery

Posted on 17 March 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls played the Charleston Battery to a 1-1 tie in their make-up opener to the 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup at Charleston, S.C.’s Blackbaud Stadium Sunday. Trialist Kevin Mesa scored for Red Bull in the 78th minute, only four minutes after being subbed in for rookie Danleigh Borman. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, himself a second half substitute, got the assist. “The defender wasn’t marking me very well and I took the opportunity, made a run, got the ball…and just flicked it in,” Mesa told ASN after the game.The goalscorer (c) CSA/Julia Fizer

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Battery countered on the very next play. David Kenga grabbed the unassisted equalizer for the hosts and the 1-1 score remained until the final whistle. “We had plenty of chances to win the game,” assistant coach Richie Williams said afterwards. “Unfortunately we didn’t…but overall it’s an exhibition game and we’re building for the season. It would have been nice to win but a draw’s okay and hopefully we’ll build on this for the next two games.” With Juan Carlos Osorio away “scouting players in South America,” as the team’s official word states (rumors are he will come back with one or maybe even two new signings), Williams assumed head coaching duties for the day. Osorio will be back “in the next couple of days,” Williams said, presumably in time for the team’s next game Wednesday night.
Echeverry gets upended (c) ASN/Julia Fizer
New York was short four starters, with Jozy Altidore and Hunter Freeman on national team duty, Dane Richards injured and Dave van den Bergh absent for undisclosed reasons. Altidore was replaced by Oscar Echeverry, the team’s sole veteran acquisition so far this off-season.

Kevin Goldthwaite started for Freeman on the back line, with a pair of rookies, Luke Sassano and Danleigh Borman, filling in for Richards and van den Bergh, respectively. Borman, a 23 year-old South Africa native selected in the Supplemental Draft out of the University of Rhode Island, has impressed in pre-season and did so again today. “Danleigh was good,” said Williams of the rookie’s performance today. “His crosDanleigh Borman (c) ASN/Julia Fizersing was good. He served up some good balls for our forwards.” Williams and Red Bull personnel implied Borman would factor into the team’s regular season lineup as well, perhaps as a starter. The team is thin at left wing and Borman’s solid fundamentals (a rarity from left-footers in MLS) and pace are a nice fit.

Borman saw a lot of touches and was responsible for many of New York’s best chances in the first half. Several times placing crosses directly onto the foreheads of Red Bull forwards. In the 19th minute he found Juan Pablo Angel, who headed the ball narrowly over the bar. In the 37th, his freekick from the right flank found Mike Magee, whose header hit the outside post. Borman also took the team’s corners from the right side.
“I think it was a good exercise in general,” Angel said of the game. “We need to get ourselves match fit–that’s probably the main concern right now.” Claudio ReyStammler chases down a loose ball (c) ASN/Julia Fizerna echoed Angel’s sentiments. “Today Charleston did very well to make it difficult for us…it takes time when you have three or four guys getting their feet wet it’s not going to just happen overnight, but it was encouraging; a lot of guys did well.”

Reyna said he was hopeful for better luck with his health this season. “I feel very strong at the moment. I’ve been working out very hard. This preseason, I haven’t missed a day of training–I feel very good. I just want it to continue.”

With the tie, the teams are tied for second place after one round of play in the tournament. The expansion San Jose Earthquakes, with three points from Saturday’s victory over Toronto FC, are first. Red Bull faces Toronto next, on Wednesday night, before concluding the tournament against San Jose Saturday.

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RB game tornado'd out

Posted on 16 March 2008 by ASN Staff

The Red Bulls first game of the 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup was postponed due to thunderstorms and tornado warnings in the Charleston, S.C., area. The team’s match against the hometown Carolina Battery will be played Sunday afternoon at 3pm instead.

ASN is on the scene and will be there for tomorrow’s game (the forecast is for clouds and wind but no tornadoes or storms). Just before the game was canceled, the teams’ starting lineups were announced. For Red Bull:

18 Conway
2 Goldthwaite – 60 Parke–4 Mendes
32 Sassano – 6 Stammler
12 Borman – 10 Reyna – 7 Magee
9 Angel – 20 Echeverry

This is of course subject to change for tomorrow’s game if head coach Juan Carlos Osorio changes his mind for whatever reason.

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