February 7, 2013
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
Late goals give Red Bulls 3-2 win over Malmo
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Faced with a one-goal deficit in the 11th hour of its exhibition match with Malmo of Sweden, the Red Bulls pulled off a rather improbable result at IMG Academy Thursday.
|Thierry Henry scored the Red Bulls' first goal in the opening half.
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The Red Bulls struck twice in the final four minutes to transform a 2-1 disadvantage into a 3-2 triumph and improve their pre-season record to 2-0.
Home Grown signing Amando Moreno scored in the 86th minute ad trialist Rafhael Domingues connected for the game-winner two minutes later.
Former Seattle Sounder Erik Friberg lifted Malmo into the lead in the third minute, firing in a 15-yard shot off a cross from the right side. Matias Concha had the ball on the right wing and played a low pass into the penalty box. Friberg, a midfielder, got it first and hit it first time into the back of the net.
Red Bulls captain and striker Thierry Henry knotted things up at 1-1 in the 27th minute. Fabian Espindola, making his first appearance in the pre-season, forced a turnover and sent the ball across the penalty area to Henry, who put the ball home.
Brazilian midfielder Juninho, who also made his first appearance of the pre-season, was replaced by Ruben Izqueirdo in the 36th minute.
With the match being the Red Bulls' second pre-season game, they made eight substitutions at halftime. Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles was called upon four minutes into the second interval, blocking Jiloan Hamads shot aside. Malmo went ahead in the 53rd minute when Dardan Rexhepi had enough space on the top of the box to shoot it in past Robles.
The Red Bulls exerted pressure to find an equalizer and tied the game again with four minutes to play. Ruben Izquierdo had possession and found an open Moreno, as the Red Bulls Academy product chested it down and slot it home. Less than two minutes later, New York earned the eventual game-winner. Marius Obekop hit a well-weighted through ball to an on-rushing Domingues. With only the goalkeeper to beat, Domingues tucked it into the goal's lower right hand corner.
The Red Bulls next will be in action at the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.
They will play Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, the New England Revolution on Feb. 16 and the Seattle Sounders on Feb. 20. They will participate in either the first- of third-place match of the competition on Feb. 23.
MAL: Erik Friberg 1 (Matias Concha 1) 3
NY: Thierry Henry 1 (Fabian Espindola 1) 27
MAL: Dardan Rexhepi 1 (Emil Forsberg 1) 53
NY: Amando Moreno 1 (Ruben Izquierdo 1) 86
NY: Rafhael Domingues 1 (Marius Obekop 1) 88
MAL: Ricardo Ferreira (caution) 28
New York Red Bulls (First Half) Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura, Markus Holgersson, Jamison Olave, Heath Pearce, Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill, Lloyd Sam, Juninho (Ruben Izquierdo* 36), Fabian Espindola, Thierry Henry
New York Red Bulls (Second Half) Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura (Rafhael Domingues* 79), Markus Holgersson, Tyler Ruthven* (Andrew Ribeiro* 79), Connor Lade, Marius Obekop*, Michael Bustamante*, Ian Christanson*, Ruben Izquierdo*, Brandon Barklage, Josue Martinez, (Amando Moreno 83)
Malmo FF 27-Johan Dahlin (25-Robin Olsen 46), 34 Alexander Blomqvist, 3-Matias Concha (35-Pawel Cibicki 64), 20-Ricardo Ferreira, 21-Erik Johansson, 8-Erik Friberg, 6-Markus Halsti (17-Ivo Pekalski 46), 10-Jiloan Hamad, 11-Simon Thern (33-Emil Forsberg 46), 7-Magnus Eriksson, 9-Dardan Rexhepi (19-Benjamin Fadi 64)