February 1, 2013
A GOOD START
Red Bulls begin pre-season with 2-0 win
BRADENTON, Fla. -- For a coach who was more interested in fitness than a result, Red Bulls new head coach Mike Petke must have been pretty satisfied with his side's result on Friday morning.
|Kenny Cooper gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead in the 87th minute.
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Rookie midfielder Ian Christianson and veteran striker Kenny Cooper scored in the final 10 minutes to boost the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew in the opening match of the pre-season for the Major League Soccer club at IMG Academies.
Christianson, who was selected in the MLS SuperDraft two weeks ago, gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead in the 80th minute.
Seven minutes later, Cooper, a second-half substitute, doubled the lead.
The Red Bulls return home to New Jersey later on Friday. They will fly back to Florida on Monday to resume another week of pre-season training.
They will face Malmo of Sweden here on Thursday, time TBD.
More details later.