September 10, 2011
Red Bulls stumble to yet another tie, but what else is new?
HARRISON, N.J. -- The Red Bulls played to yet another draw on Saturday night.
|Juan Agudelo scored the Red Bulls' lone goal in their 1-1 tie with Vancouver.
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And the sun also rises.
And the sun is beginning to set on their season.
The confounding Red Bulls continued to stumble in their quest for the MLS playoffs, playing the lowly Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a 1-1 tie at Red Bull Arena.
It was a franchise record 15th draw this season, which extended the team's winless streak to seemingly forever. Actually, the Red Bulls haven't won in the league since a 5-0 victory over Toronto FC on July 6.
The Red Bulls' playoff hopes are in shambles. The Red Bulls are 6-6-15, with 33 points.
"We're just [looking for] any possible way of making the playoffs," said forward Juan Agudelo, who scored the Red Bulls' lone goal.
Vancouver, which entered the match with the fewest points in the 18-team league, moved to 4-13-10 and 22 points.
Whitecaps FC took the lead in the 23rd minute, on Davide Chiumiento’s second goal of the season. Camilo set up the play with a run down the left side of the field and into the Red Bulls’ penalty area. The Brazilian played a short pass to Chiumiento, who hammered his shot off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal line.
Despite being down a man, the Red Bulls were able to tie the match in the 68th minute. Off a throw in from the left sideline in Whitecaps territory, Rafa Marquez hit a long, high cross into the box. The ball sailed into the path of substitute Agudelo, who side-footed a volley into the right side netting for his sixth goal this season.
Red Bulls right fullback Jan Gunnar Solli was red carded for taking down Camilo in first-half stoppage time, forcing the Red Bulls to play the rest of the match a man down.
"It was not a red card," Red Bulls coach Hans Backe told MSG after the game. "It has to be an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to be a red card. Tim Ream was behind him, so he wasn't the last defender."
As it turned out, the Red Bulls, who were lackluster and listless in the opening half, played much better while chasing the game with a man down over the final 45 minutes.
Solli will miss next Saturday's game at FC Dallas, as will central defender Marquez, who was awarded a yellow card on Saturday night and has accrued enough cautions to get a suspension. Add an injured left fullback Roy Miller and the Red Bulls will have to rework their backline for the match.
But what else is new with the Red Bulls as they continue to stumble in their so-called quest for the playoffs.
VAN: Davide Chiumiento 2 (Camilo 3) 23’
NY: Juan Agudelo 6 (Rafa Marquez 3) 68’
NY: Rafa Marquez (caution) 31’
NY: Jan Gunnar Solli (ejection) 45’+
NY: Thierry Henry (caution) 73’
New York Red Bulls (6-6-15, 33 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Jan Gunnar Solli, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Chris Albright, Stephane Auvray (Juan Agudelo 61’), Dax McCarty (Luke Rodgers 81’), Rafa Marquez, Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, Thierry Henry
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Horwath (GK), Stephen Keel, Mehdi Ballouchy, Matt Kassel
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-13-10, 22 pts.) – Joe Cannon (GK), John Thorrington (Jonathan Leathers 78’), Jay DeMerit, Alan Rochat, Jordan Harvey (Long Tan 90’+), Shea Salinas, Camilo, Gershon Koffie, Peter Vagenas, Eric Hassli, Davide Chiumiento (Mustapha Jarju 57’)
Substitutes Not Used: Jay Nolly, Michael Boxall, Jeb Brovsky, Omar Salgado
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants: George Gansner, Eric Boria
4th Referee: Alex Prus