Back in the saddle, RBNY trounce Wizards, 3-0

Posted on 27 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Salou Ibrahim and Juan Pablo Angel combined to score three second half goals to give the New York Red Bulls an easy 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night.
In their first game back after league-mandated FIFA World Cup break, the Red Bulls got their third straight victory in MLS play.

Bouna Coundoul turned in a strong performance for the visitors, recording seven saves and becoming the first goalkeeper in MLS history to record two assists in a league game.

The Red Bulls (8-5-0), whose last MLS match was a 1-0 win over Chivas USA June 5 at Red Bull Arena, stayed in a tie with Columbus for first-place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points after the Crew defeated D.C. United, 2-0, earlier in the evening. It was New York’s first victory in Kansas City since Sept. 10, 2005.

Solid defensive play dominated the first half with both teams having few chances to score. In the 21st minute, Wizards midfielder Davy Arnaud had a go from long range, but his shot was caught by Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Five minutes earlier, Ibrahim headed a Sinisa Ubiparipovic delivery wide.

In the 25th minute, Kansas City’s Kei Kamara nearly gave the hosts the lead when he created space at the top of the penalty box and lashed an attempt just past the left post. Soon after, Ibrahim got hold of the ball near the penalty spot and rolled his shot at goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Ibrahim almost gave the Red Bulls the lead in the 30th minute with the team’s best chance of the half. Danleigh Borman had space on the left wing and whipped in a cross that Ibrahim deflected just past the right post from six yards out.

The Wizards looked to get on the board two minutes into the second half, with Josh Wolff putting Arnaud through into the box. However, the Kansas City midfielder could not put his strike on net. Later, Jack Jewsbury deflected in a Ryan Smith attempt that just missed the goal mouth.

New York took the lead in the 55th minute off a defensive miscue. Coundoul kicked it long into the Wizards’ half and the defense did not clear, as Ibrahim ran onto it and headed past Nielsen for his third goal of the season.

The game picked up after Ibrahim’s tally with Coundoul being called upon to make two saves within three minutes, first blocking away a Kamara attempt before parrying Arnaud’s blast from 20 yards out. On the other end, Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler almost doubled New York’s lead in the 58th minute when his 30-yard right-footed piledriver beat Nielsen, but slammed off the crossbar. Stammler again tested Nielsen from distance seven minutes later and the goalkeeper was able to push the Red Bull’s shot to the side.

Angel recorded his seventh goal of the season eight minutes from full time, racing onto a Coundoul pass and ripping a shot under Nielsen. The Colombian wasn’t done for the evening, notching his franchise-leading 11th multi-goal game for New York when he muscled his way past his defender, dribbled around Nielsen and slid it into the empty net.

The Wizards were reduced to 10 men in second half stoppage time, as Arnaud was shown a red card for a late tackle on midfielder Joel Lindpere.

New York returns to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, taking on USL-2 side, the Harrisburg City Islanders, at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA, on Tuesday, June 29 at 7:00 PM in the tournament’s third round. The Red Bulls then travel to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday, July 4.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Kansas City Wizards 0
June 26, 2010 – CommunityAmerica Ballpark; Kansas City, KS
Attendance: 10,385

Scoring Summary:
NY: Salou Ibrahim 3 (Bouna Coundoul 1) 55’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 7 (Bouna Coundoul 2) 82’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 8 (unassisted) 90’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Joel Lindpere (caution) 43’
KC: Jimmy Conrad (caution) 43’
KC: Graham Zusi (caution) 80’
KC: Davy Arnaud (ejection) 94’+

New York Red Bulls (8-5-0, 24 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Chris Albright, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Roy Miller 77’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani (Mike Petke 89’), Salou Ibrahim (Conor Chinn 77’), Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton (GK), Luke Sassano, Irving Garcia, John Wolyniec

Kansas City Wizards (3-6-3, 12 pts.) –Jimmy Nielsen (GK), Michael Harrington, Aaron Hohlbein, Jimmy Conrad, Chance Myers, Craig Rocastle (Graham Zusi 66’), Jack Jewsbury (Teal Burnbury 71’), Davy Arnaud, Ryan Smith, Josh Wolff (Birahim Diop 84’), Kei Kamara

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg (GK), Matt Besler, Jonathan Leathers, Korede Aiyegbusi

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple, Peter Manikowski
4th Referee: Geoff Gamble

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