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Despite Henry's first goal, Red Bulls Fall to Spurs 2-1

Posted on 23 July 2010 by dkarell

Thierry Henry scores his first goal for the club in first half.

After a highly energized first half, a lackluster second half for the New York Red Bulls allowed the visiting Tottenham Hotspurs from England to score twice within ten minutes, and win the first game of the Barclays New York Challenge 2-1.

A near capacity crowd filled the brand new Red Bull Arena to see Thierry Henry make his debut for the New York Red Bulls. Hans Backe put him in the starting lineup, and when his name was announced, he received a thunderous roar of approval.

Henry quickly made his influence felt in the match, deftly collecting passes, giving great through balls, and making plenty of impressive plays with his feet.

The Red Bulls did well to control possession early, and created a few close chances.

Henry was played through on goal, but the Tottenham keeper Carlo Cudicini stoned him. Later Seth Stammler had a wide open chance in front of goal and completely whiffed on the shot.

On the other end, Gareth Bale of Tottenham continously showed his speed from the left wing as he blew by Chris Albright on many occasions, and sent in crosses from the byline.

The Red Bulls finally got the goal they seemed destined to get when Joel Lindpere nutmegged a defender, before sending in a great cross from the left. Henry made a great diagonal run onto the pass, and got a foot on it, which deflected the ball into the back of the net.

It was the dream debut for Henry, who just signed for the club one week ago.

Tottenham was content to pass the ball around after conceding the goal, and they patiently looked to find a good way past the New York defense.

The Red Bull’s defense was solid though, and Tim Ream especially had a very good game in the central of defense, shutting down Spurs star Robbie Keane for most of the game.

The scoreline stayed 1-0 to New York at half time, and Thierry Henry departed the game, as did some of the luster.

Into the game for New York was Greg Sutton in goal, Toni Tchani in the midfield, and Mike Petke in defense.

Spurs meanwhile kept their better players out on the field, and against the second string of the Red Bulls, they looked much better on the ball.

In the 62nd minute, Robbie Keane equalized for Tottenham when a corner kick was mishandled by the keeper Sutton and Tchani of the Red Bulls, and Keane hit a strike on the volley into the back of the net.

Just ten minutes later, a long ball played from the back by Spurs midfielder Tom Huddleston released Gareth Bale towards goal. A poor back pass from Jeremy Hall and flat feet from Sutton helped Bale get a poke on the ball, and just get enough on it to get it into the net.

The Red Bulls stayed in the game though, and Lindpere, playing as a second striker in the second half, did his best to bring the team forward. But time after time, the Spurs defense stayed tight, and didnt give away easy opportunities.

Late in the game, the Red Bulls had a final chance, and hit the crossbar, but it was just that kind of half, where they had some good chances, but couldnt find the net.

Overall, it was a great way to gain some confidence, and the team looks set to win on Sunday when they take on Manchester City in the final game of the New York Football Challenge.

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Red Bulls earn point in stalemate

Posted on 02 May 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Toronto FC started their third straight home match on Thursday night in the same style as they finished the last two, scoring early through Marco Vélez but conceding a first-half free kick that levelled the scores at 1-1. As the rain fell and the plastic pitch at BMO Field became more difficult to play on, each side looked increasingly content to play out the draw.


Red Bulls fans vote here.

With the home fans slowly streaming into the stadium to make the 7 PM kick off, made worse by the conditions and the resulting traffic around Toronto’s Exhibition Place, both sides struggled to assert themselves in the early stages.

The game came to life in the 20th minute when Jim Brennan was fouled on the left side of the penalty area. With Amado Guevara and Laurent Robert hovering, the New York defense looked unsure how to defend it. Robert sent in a curling cross, and Marco Vélez popped up at the far post unmarked to power a header past Red Bulls keeper Jon Conway.

His first Major League Soccer goal was proudly celebrated by Vélez, who faced criticism early in the season but has since shown signs that he can be a proven MLS defender in Toronto. The Puerto Rican has experience in USL-1 but has at times struggled to keep up to the pace of the opposition so far in his first season at the highest level.

Just as Toronto were beginning to play some free-flowing football in spite of the worsening conditions, New York struck. Reds defender Tyrone Marshall was adjudged to have handled just outside the box, with the visitors lining up the resulting free kick. As Guevara stepped in to help line up his defensive wall, Red Bulls fans may have felt a tinge of nostalgia at seeing the Honduran standing over a New York set piece.

All sentiment aside, Dave van den Bergh sent a left-footed strike into the only gap the Reds had left open. Greg Sutton was unable to stretch far enough to keep the low strike out of the back of the net.

Both sides pressed for a go-ahead goal in the first half, but the slick field made passing more and more difficult. Adding to that, New York lost their talismanic midfielder Claudio Reyna through a leg injury at half-time, replacing the former Rangers and Manchester City man with Sinisa Ubiparovic.

After the break, the most exciting moment of the second half came when Laurent Robert shoved Hunter Freeman to the ground after being fouled by Jozy Altidore. The French winger received a booking from referee Abbey Okulaja but was lucky to stay on the field.

As the match neared completion, it became apparent that New York were largely satisfied with a point and Toronto were increasingly powerless to stop them. Amado Guevara brought the home fans to their feet with a late volley after forcing a turnover from the Red Bulls defence, but the dipping strike fell right into the hands of Conway.

One positive from the performance for Toronto was their ability to contain the highly-touted strike force of Altidore and Juan Pablo Angel.

New York boss Juan Carlos Osorio was as vocal as ever in directing his players, but was unable to force much of an attacking impetus as the match went on. The Colombian’s side were the first to so much as score at BMO Field this summer, ending the home side’s 100% home record but leaving their unbeaten status intact.

Toronto will enjoy a two week break from action until May 17th, a home tie against Columbus Crew that will signify the start of five games in 14 days, including a trip to Montreal Impact on May 27th for the inaugural tie in the Canada Cup. Along with Vancouver Whitecaps, TFC and l’Impact will be hoping to secure the 2008 trophy and a resulting spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.

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