It was the match that would be the debut of the newly acquired midfielder Dax Mccarty, and all eyes was certain to be on the youngster and the hopeful positive impact he would have on a team that started strong at the beginning of the season, but has recently seen their chemistry come unraveled. And the pressure was certainly on, as De Rosario made his debut at DC memorable by gaining his first assist, alongside that Thierry Henry was declared sick the night before the match while Rafa Marquez and Luke Rodgers were both still injured.
RBNY was without head coach Hans Backe, who had undergone surgery earlier in the week, which left Jan Halverson in charge. Without De Rosario, the team seemed to return to the basics of the game; better control of the ball, shorter passes and simpler play. Dax , who only had two training sessions with the Red Bulls, was thrown into midfield to play alongside Teemo Tainio. Bouna Coundoul was set to safeguard the goal, Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes and Jan Gunnar Solli would comprise the back four. Midfield would be Tainio and Mccarty, Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards and Medhi Ballouchy, while Agudelo would be the designated forward.
The first half of the match saw RBNY in complete control, with 62% of the possession. The chemistry between the players was evident; with San Jose barely getting any chances at even touching the ball. Dax seemed to find Lindpere and Ballouchy, while pushing himself forward in all plays. It was one of these plays that would lead to the first goal of the match; Mccarty found Miller who in turn found Lindpere in the 6th minute and the Red Bulls were up a goal at Stanford Stadium in California. This goal would be Lindpere’s 3rd goal of the season.
The following half hour would see both teams anxiously passing the ball back and forth to no avail; however it was once again the goalkeeper for the New York Red Bulls that would lead to a goal for the other team. Kari Stephenson would find the net for San Jose in the 36th minute after Bouna Coundoul dropped the ball. This fumble would raise the question; would the monetary possibilities that have been opened with the Dax trade be used for a goalkeeper?
The second half saw a stronger San Jose side emerge from the locker room; Wondolowski and Stephenson repeatedly attacking the net but it would be the boot of Steven Lenhart that would find the net in the 67th minute, leaving Coundoul absolutely helpless. It would be Lenhart’s 5th goal of the season. The 70th minute saw Stephen Keel come in for Jan Gunnar Solli, who got injured during the match.
In the 83rd minute, the New York Red Bulls would equalize with a ball that was started by Ballouchy and passed to Lindpere, who found the net, yet it was considered an own goal that was slightly deflected off of Bobby Burling.
This tie would place RBNY in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, merely 2 points behind the Philadelphia Union and one point ahead of 3rd seated Columbus Crew. This week kicks off an intense month for the Red Bulls with two home games against D.C United and Toronto FC, as well as the Open Cup quarterfinal. Fans and teammates alike seem content with Dax and his style of play, one that hopefully aids the Red Bulls in their quest to victory.
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