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Red Bulls attack awakens in 2-0 win over RSL

Posted on 19 April 2009 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls wasted no time getting on the scoresheet Saturday, with Macoumba Kandji netting the team’s first goal of the 2009 season after just two minutes. It would be all the Red Bulls needed to beat Real Salt Lake, though Juan Pablo Angel added a second goal in the 57th minute. The win is New York’s first of the 2009 campaign, to go with two draws and two losses.

The Red Bulls locker room was all smiles after the game. “Today I think it was a great performance,” said Angel, the team’s captain. “Everyone played a part today.”

Head coach Juan Carlos Osorio echoed Angel’s sentiments. “Very pleased with the performance tonight,” he said. “I think when you have the commitment that we showed today plus the clinical finishing–I think we showed signs of a good team.”

The Red Bulls controlled the tempo most of the first half. Partly shellshocked by the early goal, partly uninspired, partly crowded by the Red Bulls pressure, RSL was unable to get its way into the game. Real head coach Jason Kreis said he was “unhappy with the first 45 minutes for sure.” It was the fourth time in as many games the Salt Lake City side had a lackluster first half. “We’ve got to find a way to get these guys to come out and play in the first half the way they do in the second half,” said Kreis.

RSL’s best chance came five minutes after the restart. Javier Morales played the ball through to Yura Movsisyan, whose shot was deflected and bound for the Red Bulls’ net before Kevin Goldthwaite slid and cleared it off the line in an acrobatic move. It was quite possibly a game-saving move by Goldthwaite, as the goal would have tied the game and surely given the visitors momentum.

Instead, the game turned into a New York success story–not only (by far) the team’s best performance of the season, but a sign the Red Bulls can by all means factor in the Eastern Conference race.

“I had a good feeling we were going to start getting goals this game,” said Kandji, whose premonition obviously didn’t take long to materialize. Of his second-minute tally, the Senegalese forward said “Very nice. I was right there, just like we talked about in practice with Juan Pablo [Angel] going near post [while] I sit and wait and that’s what I did and it paid off.”

Kandji had an integral part in the second goal as well, playing a nifty one-two with Angel, who buried it to the far post on his second touch. The goal effectively put the game out of reach for RSL, though they did get a man advantage when Red Bulls right back Jeremy Hall received a straight red card for a late tackle on Will Johnson. “I tried to get to it. I was a little late but I was going for the ball,” Hall recalled afterwards. “I don’t know if it was a red but…unlucky.” The dismissal means Hall will miss New York’s next game, Thursday night at Kansas City.

RSL put the Red Bulls under some pressure but were not able to create many real chances. Those that did get through were handled by New York’s goalkeeper…

Pants

“I thought we had a good performance from front to back,” said Jon Conway, who was seeing his first action after sitting out a 10-game suspension dating back to last season’s positive drug test. Asked how it felt to return to the field after such a long absence, Conway said “no different than any game I ever played.” Unlike his ornery non-comments the first time he spoke to media this season, Conway admitted “it was difficult watching the games. I think anybody would say it’s tough for them to watch and sit there and not be excited or anticipate what’s going on in the game.” His return to the field, then, was all the more appeasing. “I was really happy being in the tunnel, hearing the crowd, walking out on the field I had a big smile on my face; I was just happy to be back playing.”

Not that Conway was entirely charming either. Asked if he felt rusty, Conway snapped “did I look rusty? I looked pretty good, didn’t I? So, I don’t think so.”

Alfredo Pacheco

The newest Red Bull was everywhere Saturday night, not only supplying a steadying influence at left back but also delivering key balls upfield. His coach said this service, more than anything, contributed to the team finally finding the back of the net. “I said that we would improve if the service would come from other places–and it did,” said Osorio. “The distribution from the back we are improving substantially.”

The El Salvador international himself, speaking through an interpreter, said he felt “very comfortable” his first time out and was pleased with the quality of his teammates. “We had good communication, which made everything easier,” he said of his backline mates. Pacheco was in such good spirits he would not even criticize the infamous Giants Stadium field turf when given a chance to, only saying it was a “quick surface” but that he would work hard to adapt to it.

Pacheco will get a first chance next weekend against the team’s archrival from the nation’s capital. First, though, New York travels to Kansas City’s natural grass field to take on the Wizards, Thursday night on ESPN2.

Match Facts

Real Salt Lake 0, New York Red Bulls 2, April 18, 2009 – Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Scoring Summary:
NY: Kandji 1 (unassisted) 2’
NY: Angel 1 (Kandji 1) 57’

Disciplinary Summary:
RSL: Morales (caution) 42’
RSL: Russell (caution) 49’
NY: Hall (red card, ejection) 66’
NY: Richards (caution) 69’

Lineups:

Real Salt Lake (2-2-0, 6 pts.): Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, David Horst (Luis Miguel Escalada 65’), Robbie Russell, Nat Borchers, Clint Mathis (Ned Grabavoy 82’), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Yura Movsisyan, Robbie Findley (Andy Williams 78’)

Substitutes not used: Kyle Reynish, Tony Beltran, Jean Alexandre, Raphael Cox

New York Red Bulls (1-2-2, 5 pts.): Jon Conway, Alfredo Pacheco, Kevin Goldthwaite, Carlos Mendes, Jeremy Hall (ejected 66’), Khano Smith (Danleigh Borman 76’), Seth Stammler, Jorge Rojas, Dane Richards (John Wolyniec 86’), Macoumba Kandji, Juan Pablo Angel (Luke Sassano 61’)

Substitutes not used: Danny Cepero, Juan Pietravallo, Mike Petke, Dominic Oduro

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Sean Hurd, Claudio Badea
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Attendance: 8,508

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Options galore for Osorio

Posted on 17 April 2009 by ASN Staff

Suddenly, Juan Carlos Osorio has options. With Alfredo Pacheco finally receiving his ITC card and Albert Celades fully match fit, Osorio finally has (with one exception; Carlos Johnson who received a red card in Houston) his full suite of new players available to start in the team’s game against Real Salt Lake at Giants Stadium on Saturday night.

Unfortunately, the team is still glaringly thin in attack, which just so happens to be where it is most desperate for help. Through four games the Red Bulls have one (1) goal to their credit, which wasn’t even scored by a member of the team (New England’s Jay Heaps put it in his own net in the season opener at the Swamp). Wing play is another shortcoming, where the absence of last year’s best player Dave van den Bergh (now with FC Dallas) looms large. Van den Bergh’s understudy last year, Danleigh Borman, was shifted to left back while the team waited for Pacheco. New signings Khano Smith and Jeremy Hall, who can play the position, were either not given a chance to do so (Hall) or have proven completely ineffective (Smith).

On the right flank, the most intriguing option may be Matthew Mbuta, another player Osorio does not seem enamored with (judging by the amount of times he’s played him this year: zero). Mbuta, signed from USL-1 side Crystal Palace Baltimore last season, has speed and technical ability and showed in a game last year that he can effectively create chances for the team’s forwards.

Still, Celades and Pacheco should shore up the team’s defensive midfield and back line, respectively. With his 10-game suspension served, goalkeeper Jon Conway is eligible to return to the pitch. Expect him to get the start–and further stabilize a weak defense. Kevin Goldthwaite and Carlos Mendes are both listed as questionable. If they can’t go, Mike Petke and Andrew Boyens could start. Actually they could both start anyway and maybe not even in defense. That’s the thing with Osorio; you simply never know where or how somebody will show up in the starting lineup. Or, for that matter, what the formation will be.

Another injury is Macouba Kandji’s right ankle sprain, picked up in the early stages of the Chicago match. The lanky forward is also listed as questionable. His status, more than anything, will foretell the team’s chances of finally getting off the schneid offensively. Without an effective strike partner, Juan Pablo Angel can be neutralized. And without Kandji, the Red Bulls simply do not have any other realistic options. Dane Richards, so impressive during last season’s playoff run, appears limited and uninspired in four games this year. Dominic Oduro offers little. That leaves John Wolyniec as maybe the best bet. Will Woly get the start? Nobody knows, probably not even Osorio.

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Jon Conway's not here to talk about the past

Posted on 16 March 2009 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Conway, not talking about the past ©First Row Photos

One cannot help but question the wisdom of using the Mark McGwire defense, especially when the issue is performance enhancing drugs. Yet that’s exactly what Jon Conway did at Red Bulls media day Monday, repeating almost to a word the disgraced slugger’s defense at his fateful 2005 Congressional hearing.

The unfortunate incidents that occurred last year is something that’s in the past. I’ve decided to move on with my life and my career and leave the entire matter where it belongs: in the past. The league’s dealt with it, I have had to deal with it and I see no real purpose in revisiting it. My sole focus right now is playing for the Red Bulls.–Jon Conway, March 16, 2009

Conway made clear he would only respond to questions “with regards to playing and soccer” before making clear (just in case there was any doubt) “however I won’t be addressing the past issue.”

Asked if he felt fans deserved an explanation for what transpired last year, when Conway and then-teammate Jeff Parke became the first players in Major League Soccer history to receive suspensions for banned substances, the goalkeeper could only say “I’d rather not address the past issue.”

Thanks Mark Jon. Seeing as you could not or would not (or weren’t allowed to, by legal/media advisors) address the matter, allow us to offer a brief refresher: At some point last season, Conway and Parke, for reasons yet obscure, decided to take an over-the-counter performance enhancer named Jungle Warfare. Whether they knew the supplement contained illegal substances is open for debate. That taking it constituted (at best) a monumental lapse in judgement, is not. League testing found traces of banned performance enhancers androstatriendione (ATD) and boldenone metabolites substances in their systems and they were suspended for 10 games each. Parke later provided an apology statement. Conway did not. Monday was the first time he publicly addressed the issue.

Except, he didn’t address it. Or so much as acknowledge it. Or anything else for that matter. Conway even refused to discuss the team’s playoff run last season. “Last year’s in the past and I’m not going to address any questions in regard to it,” he said. Does Conway expect to start when his suspension is up four games from now? “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask the coach. He makes those decisions.”

Perhaps the only telling part of the interview was a Freudian slip that came when Conway was asked about Parke’s statement. “As I said I won’t be addressing any of the issues,” he said.

Yeah, I think we got that.

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Conway allowed to practice with team

Posted on 10 March 2009 by ASN Staff

Jon Conway aka “Pants”

As a result of an appeal from the MLS Players Union, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has decided to allow New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway to participate in team practices when the 2009 regular season begins, the league announced Tuesday, March 10.

Conway and Jeff Parke were suspended 10 MLS League games each and restricted from practicing and participating in any competitions with their clubs after violating the MLS substance abuse and behavioral health policy last October, the first time the league has issued a suspension of this type.

Each player sat out six games in 2008 for the Red Bulls and must serve four more games before being eligible to play in official competition. Both are permitted to participate in preseason practices and scrimmages.

The announcement could be a moot point for Parke, who is currently trialing with various Belgian clubs. Conway may have lost his starting job to Danny Cepero, who performed admirably in leading the team to last year’s MLS Cup. Cepero famously became the first MLS goalkeeper to score a goal from the run of play in his first game as Conway’s replacement.

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MLS Cup training session, Part II

Posted on 23 November 2008 by ASN Staff

Dave van den Bergh (center) shares some laughs with his teammates ©ASN/First Row Photos

The New York Red Bulls trained for the final time Saturday in preparation of their first MLS CUP Finals appearance. Unlike Friday’s training, which was held on the training field normally used by Chivas USA, the team got to use the main Home Depot Center field. The team continues to be confident and loose, less than 24 hours before the biggest game in franchise history. “We believe 100% that we have a chance,” said head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. “If we match them like we have during the season, we will have a chance to win.”

Osorio was understandably hesitant to disclose tactics or the identity of starters, but said the key is to “defend properly, take our chances…create enough entries into the attacking third that provide us with the chance to score goals.”

Angel addresses the media horde ©ASN/First Row Photos

Juan Pablo Angel gave a short press conference prior to taking the field. Angel said yesterday’s much-discussed training injury came on a collision with Danny Cepero. “It got me right in my ribs…I feel fine,” he said. “Just sore.” The former Colombian international once again assured the press he will be ready to go tomorrow. “I’ve been waiting for this game all year,” he said. “Whatever it takes for me to play, I won’t miss it.”

Angel said he is on board with Osorio’s style of defending first. “We might not play pretty but we’ve been getting the results we need in order for us to be here,” he said. The team is coming off a season that was traumatic even by its own standards; its brightest young star, Jozy Altidore left the team at mid-season, one of its designated players, Claudio Reyna, retired shortly thereafter and there was the late season drama with Jeff Parke and Jon Conway’s performance-enhancing drug suspensions (more on that below). “We faced a lot of different problems and different circumstances,” Angel said, in typical understated fashion. The turning point came in the first leg of the Houston series, he added. “We were happy that we matched the best team in this league…and we felt that if we went to Houston did the same that we had at home we had a good chance of getting a result.”

‘Jungle Warfare’

The identity of the banned over-the-counter substance allegedly taken by Parke and Conway was revealed at the Supporters Summit on Saturday morning. The substance, ‘Jungle Warfare,’ is sold by a company named ALR Industries and advertised as a way to produce the effects of steroids “without the negative side effects.” (Still think this was an honest mistake, Red Bulls fans?)

Angel spoke of the team’s reaction to the scandal in his press conference. “We were disappointed but we talked about it and the most important thing is the players accept their mistake and we fully support them,” he said of Parke and Conway. “That was a very tense week for us as a team and an organization but we had the most important game of the year that weekend.” The team ultimately won that game, against Columbus.

A sign of things to come? Or proof that the curse is alive and well?

Red Bulls fans hope these shirts don't end up in Africa

Home Depot Staff personnel picked a bad time (in between media sessions) to unload the pre-made “MLS Cup Champions” t-shirts that will be worn by the winning side of tomorrow’s game (the losing team’s shirts will be donated to charity). Which means that depending on the outcome of MLS Cup, these shirts could be worth a little or a lot on ebay.

With everything that has happened with their team over its 13 year history, Red Bulls fans can be forgiven for thinking the worst on this one…

View a full suite of photos from today’s practice, media conferences, Supporters’ Summit and more
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A sad 'first' for New York

Posted on 17 October 2008 by ASN Staff

Jon Conway aka “Pants”

The New York/New Jersey Major League Soccer franchise has not accomplished much in its 13 seasons. Long known as the ugly stepchild of MLS, the MetroStars/Red Bulls have only once made it past the first round of the playoffs and only once won anything of note (the La Manga Cup, a Spanish winter tournament, in 2004). Other than that, the team has mainly been known as a case study in mismanagement, existing in a kind of purgatory at the vacuous confines of Giants Stadium.

Today, Oct. 16, 2008, the team finally made history. For the wrong reason. Two of its players became the first in the history of the league to receive suspensions for performance-enhancing drug use. Jon Conway, who has started every game at goalkeeper this season, and Jeff Parke, arguably the team’s best defender, each received 10-game suspensions for using banned performance enhancers androstatriendione (ATD) and boldenone metabolites. They were also fined 10% of their annual salary ($11,500 for Parke; $5,750 for Conway).

The players will be sorely missed on the field. Their absence in all likelihood dooms any chance the Red Bulls had for advancing past the first round of the playoffs–if they make the postseason at all. But that is besides the point. Other than a brief spell in August, the season has been a disappointment. The team didn’t look to be going anywhere, anyway.

Jeff Parke ©ASN/Fernando Rendon

What’s worse is the black eye suffered by a team that could ill afford it. The MetroStars/Red Bulls are finally known for something other than ineptitude. They are an embarrassment. Two of their starters have been exposed as cheaters (don’t believe some of the conspiracy theories being bandied about on the BigSoccer sewing circle and elsewhere; the Red Bulls have accepted the league’s decision without appeal and the suspensions followed what by all accounts sounds like a very thorough two month investigation of both players). It is the latest, saddest chapter for a franchise that is supposed to represent the country’s biggest market but which has been snakebitten almost from the word go.

Parke and Conway apparently claim they ingested an over-the-counter supplement that unknowingly contained a banned substance, according to Goal.com. Sure they did. If you believe Barry Bonds unknowingly took steroids and that Roger Clemens “misremembers” he did, this excuse might hold water for you. For most of us it’s nothing more than knee-jerk denial at best and an outright lie at worst. Red Bull, who gave that statement on the players’ behalf, should be ashamed for having done so. It’s too late to retract it now, obviously, but both players should be cut immediately.

The team should go a step further than that and institute its own drug testing policy on top of what the league mandates. MLS, for its part, probably needs to do more as well. Maybe not in terms of testing, but with outreach and education programs for players of all levels. Professional soccer in the U.S. can simply not afford a doping scandal. With the economy all but in recession and likely to stay there for a few years, MLS would probably not survive such a crisis. Though it would somehow be strangely appropriate that the whole thing started with this team…

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Bulls top TFC for first winning streak of the season

Posted on 18 August 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Finally, the Bulls have something to smile about ©Fernando Rendon/ASN

It took a little while but the New York Red Bulls finally have their first bonafide winning streak of the 2008 season, thanks to its 2-0 defeat of Toronto FC on Sunday evening at Giants Stadium. “Fantastic result… great effort. Some outstanding individual performances,” was how head coach Juan Carlos Osorio summarized matters in the post game press conference.

Asked to specify individual standouts Osorio said “Juan Pietravallo was terrific today in midfield, when he was playing basically by himself as an anchorman…Jon [Conway] came up strong and big when we needed it most… Mike Magee: very effective; Dane Richards when he came in… and Jorge [Rojas].”

Magee put the home team up in the 37th minute on a clearing pass from Seth Stammler for his second goal in as many games (the first time in his career he has scored in back-to-back games). New York buckled down defensively after defender Gabriel Cichero was sent off with a straight red card one minute into the second half.

Cichero saw red, unjustly he felt ©Fernando Rendon/ASN

Cichero’s expulsion came when the Venezuelan defender was judged to have thrown an elbow when contesting a head ball. “I just went up to win the ball,” Cichero recalled afterwards. “I always jump with my arms up to protect my face. If you jump with your arms down you’re going to get hurt.”

Both coach and player thought the straight red card a harsh punishment for incidental contact. “I would like to see the review but I don’t think it was that bad,” said Osorio. “Probably a yellow card but I thought it was a little bit much.”
“The referees are pretty strange here, pretty hard,” said Cichero. “But you just gotta get used to it.”

Rojas makes a run ©Fernando Rendon/ASNAfter the expulsion, the Red Bulls switched to a four man backline with Pietravallo in front of the defense, three midfielders and one striker. “Seth Stammler was fantastic when he went to the right fullback position,” said Osorio. The move paid off as Toronto did not seriously threaten the Red Bulls goal in the final minutes. Juan Pablo Angel put the game on ice in stoppage time on a breakaway, tapping home a pass from Richards.

“I think it shows a lot of character,” Angel said of the win. “There’s still a lot of games to go, but I’m very pleased we’re picking the pace up right now and we’re winning against two teams from the same conference.”

The Red Bulls D was aggressive and mostly error free ©Fernando Rendon/ASN

With the win, New York keeps pace with archrival DC United, who won at Chicago on Saturday night. The two teams are level with 28 points, though DC has a game in hand and a better goal difference, giving them fourth place to New York’s fifth. Toronto and Kansas City have slipped off the pace a bit, trailing DC and New York by three points each. If the season were to end today, the Red Bulls would get the eighth and final playoff birth.

But there is still plenty to play for and Red Bull players and staff are visibly confident about the team–possibly for the first time all season. “If you analyze the 90 minutes I think we truly deserved the three points,” said Osorio. “I’m very pleased with the team effort and hopefully we can continue like that.”

ASN home team Player Rankings

Starting Lineup:
Jon Conway (8/10). Brilliant first half save kept team level.
Kevin Goldthwaite (7/10). Solid if unspectacular.
Seth Stammler (9/10). Played his best game of the season, displayed versatility, poise and vision.
Mike Magee (8/10). Taking to the striker role well.
Juan Pablo Angel (7/10). Another solid performance.
Dave van den Bergh (6/10). Did what he needed to. With new arrivals his role on the team appears to be decreasing somewhat.
Jorge Rojas (6/10). Didn’t see enough of him. Perhaps the forward role not to his liking? Seems better-suited in midfield.
Gabriel Cichero (incomplete; left game in 46th minute due to red card)
Juan Pietravallo (9/10). Excellent job anchoring the defensive midfield. Is starting to come into his own.
Luke Sassano (7/10). Nice job defensively. Played his position well.
Jeff Parke (incomplete; left game in 26th minute with injury)

Substitutes

Dane Richards (7/10). Strong showing off the bench, nice job on the stoppage time breakaway. But seriously, learn some new moves and show some muscle on the ball, please.
Andrew Boyens (6/10). Solid performance. No complaints.

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Match Facts

Toronto FC (7-9-4) vs. New York Red Bulls (7-6-7)
August 17, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:

NY — Mike Magee 3 (Seth Stammler 2) 37
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 7 (Dane Richards 4, Jorge Rojas 4) 92+

Lineups:
Toronto FC — Greg Sutton, Nana Attakora-Gyan, Julius James, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Rohan Ricketts, Kevin Harmse, Carl Robinson, Chad Barrett, Laurent Robert (Danny Dichio 46) (Jarrod Smith 49), Abdus Ibrahim (Johann Smith 46).

Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards, Tyler Hemming, Tyler Rosenlund, Marvell Wynne

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Jeff Parke (Andrew Boyens 25), Luke Sassano (Dane Richards 62), Gabriel Cichero, Kevin Goldthwaite, Juan Pietravallo, Seth Stammler, Dave van den Bergh, Mike Magee, Jorge Rojas, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Carlos Mendes, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, John Wolyniec

Statistics:
New York Red Bulls/Toronto FC
total shots: 12 (Juan Pablo Angel 5)/14 (Rohan Ricketts 4)
shots on goal: 5 (Juan Pablo Angel 3)/4 (Rohan Ricketts 3)
fouls: 14 (Dave van den Bergh 3)/8 (Chad Barrett 2, Rohan Ricketts 2)
offsides: 2 (Angel 1, Luke Sassano 1)/4 (Abdus Ibrahim 2, Ricketts 2)
corner kicks: 6 (Mike Magee 3, Jorge Rojas 3)/5 (Ricketts 3)
saves: 4 (Jon Conway 4)/3 (Greg Sutton 3)

Misconduct Summary:
NY — Andrew Boyens (caution; Reckless Tackle) 33
NY — Dave van den Bergh (caution; Reckless Foul) 46+
TOR — Jim Brennan (caution; Reckless Foul) 46+
NY — Gabriel Cichero (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 46
TOR — Kevin Harmse (caution; Reckless Tackle) 52

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants: Michael Salyers; James Conlee
4th official: Lee Suckle
time of game: 1:50
attendance: 11,119
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 85 degrees

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Angel header puts end to winless streak

Posted on 06 June 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

A 75th minute header from Juan Pablo Angel broke a scoreless deadlock at Giants Stadium and sent the New York Red Bulls to their first victory in nearly a month. “It was one of those games where we had to scrap,” Angel said afterwards. “I think it was a real battle today. It’s a great win for us.”

Dane Richards, playing his customary right wing, received a pass from Chris Leitch and crossed the ball to Angel, whose header sent the ball screaming off the artificial turf. Chivas keeper Brad Guzan, starting less than 24 hours after playing the second half in the U.S. national team’s 1-0 loss to Spain at Santander, got a hand to the ball but was unable to keep it from crossing the line.

“All I needed to do is put the ball on the penalty spot,” said Richards after the game. “Once I put it there and saw Juan Pablo, I knew it was an automatic goal.”

Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos was pleased with the result. “In general I think we got what we deserved,” Osorio said of his team’s efforts. “We limited a very good team to only a few chances, so I have to be pleased […] this is something we just have to build on.”

Chivas had a chances to level the game. In the 83rd minute but Atiba Harris’ shot was saved by Jon Conway and shortly before the final whistle a centering pass by Harris missed Ante Razov by a step.

“We made one mistake and they punished us in the second half,” said Chivas head coach Preki. But the former U.S. international was unhappy with the play of forward Jorge Flores. “I don’t think he showed up today,” Preki said of Flores, who had scored twice in two games coming into Thursday night’s match. “As a matter of fact I don’t think it was one of his better games. That’s why we took him off.” Flores yielded in the 59th minute for Razov.

For Chivas, the loss breaks a three game winning streak. But Preki was confident his team could get back on track. “We play Salt Lake next week at home,” he said. “You have to be confident. You have to believe in your group. I know we have a good group and we’re going to push forward.”

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