Red Bull Arena hosts its first playoff match tonight when the Red Bulls host the San Jose Earthquakes in the second leg of their aggregate goal Eastern Conference Semifinal series. With a win or a draw, New York would advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, a match the club would host for the first time. But first things first, as the Red Bulls must maintain their one goal advantage against the ‘Quakes in front of their home supporters. Lineups and running commentary after the jump.
New York Red Bulls:
Subs: Sutton, Petke, Henry, Robinson, Ibrahim, Tchani, Hall
San Jose Earthquakes:
Subs: Edwards, Burling, Leitch, Ring, Stephenson, Alvarez, Eduardo
1′ And we’re off…
4′ Mendes with a crunching tackle early.
5′ Wondolowski gets off the first shot on net, but it has no pace.
6′ Goal SJ. Convey beats Coundoul to the upper 90 after a failed clearance. 1-0 SJ (1-1 aggregate).
7′ With Richards down on the other end of the field, SJ pushes forward (rightfully) and nearly finds another goal.
13′ A foul on Agudelo gives NY a free kick on a good spot.
13′ Angel puts the restart over the top.
14′ Players on both sides are having a tough go on a slippery pitch.
17′ Corner for NY
17′ NY picking up the pressure after conceding early.
18′ Marquez tried one from distance that swerves wide.
22′ Agudelo tries one from a sharp angle, but Busch is right there.
25′ After some dangerous crosses are intercepted, Miller’s chance from long range is high and wide.
27′ Ream breaks up a good chance, which results in a corner.
30′ Ballouchy with a blast that hits Angel on the way towards net and bounds away. Unlucky.
31′ Albright and Corrales down at midfield after a collision.
32′ Albright is up, Corrales isn’t yet. Corrales with a yellow on the play.
33′ Angel nearly gets his head to a cross, but Busch punches it away.
39′ Agudelo makes space and puts one off the near post.
42′ Johnson redirects one on net, but Coundoul parries it wide.
43′ Lindpere puts Richards through, and his shot is blocked out for a corner.
45′ SJ gets a 3 on 2 break, but the cross is too high for Wondolowski.
45′ 3 minutes of stoppage.
45+’ Corrales is down and is hurt.
45+’ SJ sub: Eduardo for Corrales.
45+’ Richards curls one wide as the half ends.
HALFTIME: 1-0 SJ, 1-1 aggregate.
HALFTIME: No changes for either side.
46′ And we’re back…
47′ Hernandez blocks a Marquez shot in the area.
49′ Miller dribbles into space, but his shot in the area goes over.
53′ Agudelo draws a foul just outside the area.
54′ Marquez puts the restart just wide.
58′ Agudelo gets loose but can’t get a shot off.
60′ Agudelo frees Ballouchy in the area, but his shot is blocked.
61′ After a foul, Angel balloons the restart well over.
63′ Attendance tonight: 22,839, a club record for a home playoff match.
67′ SJ only sending 3 into the attack, with the rest back defending.
71′ Lindpere frees Agudelo down the right side, but his cross is deflected out.
73′ Agudelo gives it a go, but it skips wide.
75′ SJ sub #2: Alvarez for Geovanni.
76′ Convey breaks free in the area and beats Coundoul again. 2-0 SJ (2-1 SJ aggregate).
78′ GOAL NY!!! Angel nods home an Agudelo cross!! 2-1 SJ, 2-2 aggregate.
80′ Yellow to Busch for a foul on Angel (foul behind the ball earlier in the play negated the scoring chance)
81′ Goal SJ. Wondolowski heads one in off a Convey cross. 3-1 SJ, 3-2 aggregate.
84′ 3 NY subs: Henry, Hall, and Salou for Agudelo, Albright, and Mendes.
86′ Salou gets a shot off, but its right at Busch.
88′ Miller nods on a Marquez cross to Henry, but he puts it over from close range.
90′ Henry rules offsides in the area.
90′ 2 minutes of stoppage.
90+ Marquez puts one wide.
FULL TIME: 3-1 SJ. Quakes advance 3-2 on aggregate.