Richards wonderstrike gives Bulls Win over Man. City

Posted on 26 July 2010 by dkarell

The “King of Friendlies” has struck again.

After a great goal against Santos F.C. of Brazil in the opening of Red Bull Arena, Dane Richards once again conjured up his magic, and sent a rocket off his foot off the crossbar and into the net, giving the Red Bulls the 2-1 win.

“As Kandji drew the defenders toward him, I just asked him for the ball,” said Richards. “I just remembered the Santos game, so I just struck it.”

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It was a hot and muggy day at Red Bull Arena, that became cooler when the skies opened up for the second game of the double header.

Both the Red Bulls and Manchester City were allowed to use all available subs as well because of the heat.

In the first half, with many of the best Red Bull’s players out on the field, they controlled the tempo and played some exciting soccer.

Just seven minutes in, the aforementioned Richards put on the afterburners and quickly passed former England international Wayne Bridge down the right side of the field. He cross the ball into the middle of the box on the ground, and a touch from Macoumba Kandji was all that was needed to give the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead.

“I saw Dane took off, so I just timed my run, and he couldn’t have put it any better” said Kandji.

The Red Bull’s confidence grew from the goal, and the team continued to attack on the Manchester City goal.

Thierry Henry had a wonderful chance to put the Red Bulls up 2-0 in the 20th minute when he was played through on goal by Kandji.

But Henry pulled his shot from the left side of the box just inches wide of the post.

It was only one of many chances for the Red Bulls in the first half, but the score stayed at 1-0 into half time.

At the half, the Red Bulls replaced most of their stars with reserves, and the rhythm of the game was put off.

“We made five subs at the half, and you could see after a few minutes that the rhythm of the game was not there,” said head coach Hans Backe.

In the second half, Man City started to dominate the match. In the 55th minute, Alex Nimely, who was lively throughout the game, stole the ball from Red Bull midfielder Carl Robinson in the Red Bull half of the field.

A couple passes later and the ball was at the feet of City youngster Greg Cunningham, who sent in a low cross from the left.

City’s tall Brazilian striker Jo Silva deftly got his foot on the ball and turned it into the back of the net, giving Man City an equalizer.

But 15 minutes later, against the run of play, Richards hit one of the best goals seen at Red Bull Arena so far to give New York the 2-1 lead in the 70th minute.

And despite some tense moments at the end, the Red Bulls held on for the win, and finish in third place at the Barclays New York Football Challenge.

“It was exciting, playing some World Class teams and players, and I thought the team played well today and we’re happy with the result,” said captain Carlos Mendes.

For Man City, it was a second loss in a row, and they now head to Atlanta for a friendly with Club America of Mexico.But despite the loss, the team is keeping things in perspective.

“We are here in the preparations for the season, so we have to keep going, keep fighting, and keep enjoying ourselves,” said Emmanuel Adebayor. “I think they (New York Red Bulls) had a good game and it was their day today.”

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Manchester City 1
Barclays New York Challenge
July 25, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 23,228

Scoring Summary:
NY: Macoumba Kandji (Dane Richards) 7’
MCFC: Jo (Greg Cunningham) 55’
NY: Dane Richards (Macoumba Kandji) 70’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Jeremy Hall (caution) 30’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Greg Sutton 62’), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 46’), Tim Ream (Andrew Boyens 63’), Carlos Mendes (Mike Petke 71’), Jeremy Hall (Chris Albright 46’), Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere (Carl Robinson 46’), Seth Stammler (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46’), Dane Richards (Marcos Paullo Peixoto 81’), Macoumba Kandji (Salou Ibrahim 71’), Thierry Henry (Conor Chinn 46’)

Manchester City – Joe Hart (GK) (Stuart Taylor 46’), Wayne Bridge (Craig Bellamy 82’), Nedum Onuoha (Joleon Lescott 63’), Dedryck Boyata (Kolo Toure 63’), Ben Mee, Andrew Tutte, Stephen Ireland (Greg Cunningham 46’), Scott Kay (Pablo Zabaleta 82’), Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo (Adam Johnson 63’)

Officials:

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Jason Cullum, Eric Boria
4th Referee: Andrew Chapin

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