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July 28, 2007

Ubiparipovic strikes for Thunder in loss


Rochester, N.Y. -- Red Bulls midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic scored the first goal for the Minnesota Thunder, but it wasn't enough as the team dropped a 4-2 USL First Division decision to the Rochester Raging Rhinos Saturday night.

Ubiparipovic scored in the seventh minute at PATEC Field. Darren Spicer came running down the field with the ball with two defenders on him. Spicer passed the ball off to Ubiparipovic who was wide open for a shot. Rhinos keeper Chase Harrison could not get a hand on it.

He was listed as a forward and was on loan to the Thunder, according to a press release issued by the club. There was no announcement by the Red Bulls.

Ubiparipovic, who wasn't on the Red Bulls roster for the last two games, had a chance for a second goal in the 36th minute. But his shot after a botched Rhinos clear sailed high and out of play. Ubiparipovic was selected in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft in January.

The Thunder struck again in the 12th minute. Former Red Bulls trialist Ansu Toure took a free kick 20 yards on the right side of the field. Toure found defender Kevin Taylor one step ahead of his defender and put the ball into the back of the net.

Red Bulls trialist Tony Sanneh, who signed with the Thunder last week and who played in Thursday night's home loss to the California Victory, was not in the lineup. No reason was given.

Former MetroStars defender Tenywa Bonseu also scored -- for Rochester. His goal, off an Aaran Lines assist -- broke a 2-2 tie and turned out to be the game-winner.

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