Red Bulls trounce TFC for Disney trophy

Posted on 27 February 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The Hans Backe era is officially off to a great start. The New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto FC 4-0 Saturday night in the final of the inaugural Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic tourney. Juan Pablo Angel scored a hat trick and rookie Conor Chinn, a second half substitute, added the fourth for good measure. The trophy is the team’s fifth in its 15-year history.

Juan Pablo Angel ©Julia Harper/ASN

Besides this milestone, what stood out most was the manner in which the victory was accomplished. The Red Bulls dominated possession almost from the first minute of play. Before Angel’s first goal in the 23rd minute, it had several chances that could have resulted in goals. More than that, the team played an imaginative, entertaining style that should serve it well in its new showcase stadium.

Individual player performances also left reasons for optimism, none more so than Angel’s. The 34-year old striker appeared invigorated, in top shape and quicker on his feet than at any time since the team’s improbable run to the 2008 MLS Cup final. Roy Miller looked terrific as a left wing back and Joel Lindpere brought flair and creativity to the midfield.

After the third goal, the Red Bulls backed off a bit, content to defend and play breakaways, which is what teams are expected to do in those situations (less so at the start of games or with a goal deficit, as was the case with Juan Carlos Osorio’s teams last seasons).

The second half was also marred by a vicious foul by Julian de Guzman on Angel, which left the Red Bulls captain writhing on the pitch. He was able to leave by his own accord. De Guzman was shown straight red and seemed genuinely sorry about his act. Angel was treated on the sideline but the team offered no further updates on his status.

ASN will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, provide your thoughts on the victory in the space below.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 4, Toronto FC 0, Feb. 27, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; Kissimmee, Fla.

Scoring Summary:
NY: Angel (Lindpere) 32’
NY: Angel (Miller, Ream) 37’
NY: Angel (da Luz, Stammler) 49’
NY: Chinn (da Luz, Tchani) 85’

Disciplinary Summary:
TOR: Nane (caution) 54’
TOR: de Guzman (red card, ejection) 69’

Lineups:

Toronto FC – Stefan Frei, Joseph Hane, Ty Harden (Gabe Gala 68’), Nick Garcia (Emmanuel Gomez 46’), Dan Gargan* (Marvell Wynne 46’), Jim Brennan (Vincent Kayizzi 46’), Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario (Martin Saric 61’), Sam Cronin, Kosta Bajic (Ali Gerba 46’), Peter Ijeh (O’Brian White ‘46’)

New York Red Bulls (4-0-3) – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Caleb Patterson-Sewell 46’), Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Mike Petke (Carlos Mendes 61’), Enar Jaager* (Luke Sassano 46’), Ernst Oebster (Austin da Luz 46’), Joel Lindpere* (Tony Tchani 61’), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Seth Stammler 46’), Jeremy Hall (John Wolyniec 76’), John Agudelo* (Conor Chinn 46’), Juan Pablo Angel (Irving Garcia 71’)

* – Denotes Non-Roster Player

3 Comments For This Post

  1. cbrand Says:

    The team is shaping up nicely. Who do you see getting cut from the roster? Garcia and Chirgadze look like goners, but is there space for Ubi in this new center midfield, too?

  2. rbnyASN Says:

    I agree on Chirgadze. It will be interesting to see with Sinisa. He got a lot of time yesterday. Two of the goalkeepers will be cut. We discussed this at length on the Seeing Red! podcast tonight. It will air soon so be sure to listen in!

  3. ASN Editorial Says:

    I agree on Chirgadze. It will be interesting to see with Sinisa. He got a lot of time yesterday. Two of the goalkeepers will be cut. We discussed this at length on the Seeing Red! podcast tonight. It will air soon so be sure to listen in!

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