Red Bulls Rue Missed Chances, Tie Houston 2-2

Posted on 01 August 2010 by dkarell

Despite holding the lead twice, and being up a man for the final 47 minutes of the game, the New York Red Bulls only managed a meager point away to Houston.

The Dynamo substitute Brian Mullen scored off a header in the 89th minute, putting Houston level with New York at 2-2.

Thierry Henry’s MLS debut for the Red Bulls began well, with Juan Pablo Angel scoring from close range in the 10th minute, with an excellent cross provided by Henry.

The lead didn’t last very long though, when referee Paul Ward whisteled Carlos Mendes for a foul in the penalty box in the 24th minute, and Houston earned a penalty shot.

Brad Davis converted the spot kick, and tied the game up at 1-1.

In the 38th minute, Houston earned a second penalty shot, when Ward whisteled Tim Ream for a foul in the box. This time though, Davis skied the penalty for Houston, and the game stayed tied.

Just minutes later, after a light foul on Carlos Mendes, Lovel Palmer was shown a straight red card and sent off in the 44th minute, giving the Red Bulls a man advantage for the rest of the match.

In the second half, Henry stayed out on the pitch, and the Red Bulls used the man advantage to their advantage.

Henry, who was not so sharp in the game in front of goal, proved provider again, when he played Angel into space on the right side of the box.

Angel then scored one of the better goals of his career, when his powerful strike blasted over the head of the keeper Tally Hall, and into the back of the net. It gave the Red Bulls a deserved 2-1 lead in the 58th minute.

As the game went on, the heat and fatigue caused the pace to slow down, and the extra space due to Palmer’s red card made for an exciting final few minutes.

Houston never gave up, and Mullen’s late goal ignited a dormant crowd into a frenzy, and saved Houston from a dissapointing defeat at home.

For the Red Bulls, it certainly was two points lost and not a point gained. They now have eight days to train before they head to Chicago to face the Fire and their new signing Nery Castillo.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Houston Dynamo 2

MLS Game 17

Robertson Stadium: Houston, TX

Scoring Summary:

NY — Juan Pablo Angel 10 (Thierry Henry 1) 10

HOU — Brad Davis 4 (unassisted) 24

NY — Juan Pablo Angel 11 (Thierry Henry 2) 58

HOU — Brian Mullan 3 (Andrew Hainault 1, Brian Ching 2) 89

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Tony Tchani (Carl Robinson 89), Macoumba Kandji, Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Dane Richards 46), Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Mike Petke, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Jeremy Hall, Greg Sutton.

Houston Dynamo — Tally Hall, Andrew Hainault, Eddie Robinson, Adrian Serioux (Corey Ashe 68), Mike Chabala, Danny Cruz, Anthony Obodai (Richard Mulrooney 59), Lovel Palmer, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Joseph Ngwenya (Brian Mullan 77).

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Cochrane, Dominic Oduro, Cam Weaver, Tyler Deric.

Misconduct Summary:

HOU — Lovel Palmer (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 44

NY — Joel Lindpere (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 59

NY — Dane Richards (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 71

NY — Roy Miller (caution; Handball) 85

Referee: Paul Ward

Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher; Philippe Briere

4th Official: Jair Marrufo

Time of Game: 1:53

Attendance: 24,750

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