The Red Bulls take on the Houston Dynamo tonight at Red Bull Arena (7:30 PM ET; MSG2; WADO 1280 AM). The big news on April Fool’s Day was not a prank, as New York acquired four-time MLS Cup winner and five-time MLS First XI honoreeDwayne De Rosario from Toronto FC in a trade. DeRo is available for selection for tonight’s match but the ultimate decision is up to Coach Backe. Also available tonight is Thierry Henry, who missed last week’s draw with Columbus due to injury, as well as the Red Bulls internationals that returned from national team duty mid-week. Lineups and running commentary after the jump.
New York Red Bulls:
Subs: Horwath, Mendes, Robinson, Rodgers, De Rosario, Kassel, Keel
Subs: Deril, Robinson, Chabala, Weaver, Dixon, Sarkodie, Garey
PREGAME: Thierry is presenting Rafa with a commemorative jersey for his 100th national team cap.
1′ And we’re off…
4′ NY is carrying the early possession.
5′ Dane earns the first corner of the match for NY.
8′ Henry with a nice through ball to Miller, and his shot is guided out by Hall for a corner.
9′ Rafa’s cross is just out of Henry’s reach on the short corner.
10′ Cameron redirects one on frame, but Bouna parries it out for a corner, that is cleared.
13′ Tainio sends a long ball to Henry, but his shot trickles wide.
18′ Solli tries to free Richards down the flank, but his touch it too heavy.
20′ Rafa sends in a lofted cross that Hall comes off his line to intercept ahead of Henry.
22′ Ashe sends in a cross that almost finds Ching, but Coundoul intercedes.
22′ Agudelo finds space in the area, but blasts the shot over.
24′ Davis sends in a cross that Cameron flicks on to Ching, and his shot caroms off the crossbar.
26′ The field is definitely tilted for NY, but Houston has had the better chances so far.
27′ Cruz whips in a cross that Ching attempts to head, but Coundoul comes off his line and the two collide as the ball rolls out for a corner kick. Both are ok.
31′ Ching is down again. Got hung out to dry a bit on that last one. He appears to be ok.
35′ Up a man with Ching down again (ribs?) Solli sends in a cross that Henry nods over.
36′ Ching is up, but in obvious pain. Looks like he wants to return.
38′ Henry with a half volley off a Ballouchy cross, but its miss-hit and Hall gathers.
39′ Ching is down again, and will be subbed off for Cam Weaver.
45+ 2 minutes of stoppage.
45+’ Rafa gets the ball at the edge of the box, but his shot has little pace and doesn’t threaten Hall.
HALFTIME: 0-0 after 45 minutes. NY carried play, but couldn’t convert the final pass.
HALFTIME: NY sub: De Rosario for Ballouchy.
HALFTIME: No subs for Houston.
46′ And we’re back…
47′ GOAL NY!!! DeRo springs Richards down the sideline and after a cutback, he slots the ball into the back of the net. 1-0 NY!
50′ Goal Houston. Weaver chips Bouna after beating Rafa to the ball. 1-1.
52′ Richards nearly gets another, but blast a short angle shot wide.
54′ Agudelo finds Richards alone in the area, but he puts ball on right foot and can’t get shot off.
55′ Weaver with a dangerous run, but Ream got enough contact to force him to push his shot wide.
57′ The game has sped up considerably since De Ro entered the match.
60′ Lindpere’s cross nearly catches Hall off his line, but its off the crossbar.
61′ Solli lays one off for De Ro, but his shot is blasted a bit high (i.e. upper deck)
67′ NY is still pressing, but is just a hair off on their final pass.
70′ Henry and Lindpere are stonewalled on successive shots after a nice run by De Ro.
73′ Yellow to Weaver for a foul on Rafa. Houston sub: Dixon for Bruin.
78′ NY sub: Rodgers for Richards
79′ Lindpere finds room at the top of the area, but his shot it snared by Hall.
82′ Houston sub: Chabala for Davis
82′ CORRECTION: Chabala for Cruz, who was cramping.
83′ Agudelo with a back post run, but his volley is blocked.
87′ Lindpere finds DeRo in the are, but his header is wide.
89′ Agudelo feeds Henry up the flank, but his shot is right at Hall.
90′ Henry heads one that Hall has to push over off an Agudelo cross.
90+ 3 minutes of stoppage.
90+ Henry finds Rodgers in the area, but his shot is bundled out.
90+ Miller heads one over as time is up.
FULLTIME: 1-1 Final. NY generated tons of chances, but Houston’s defense holds form for the point.