The Red Bulls hosts Toronto FC tonight at Red Bull Arena as New York looks to move up the Eastern Conference table and return to winning form. The Red Bulls are starting to get healthy and players have returned from Gold Cup duty, so Hans Backe will enjoy more lineup options tonight. Coming to town with Toronto are former New York players Danleigh Borman and Tony Tchani, who were traded away a few months ago. Lineups and running commentary after the jump.
New York Red Bulls:
Subs: Coundoul, Agudelo, Ballouchy, da Luz, Rooney, Keel, Jones
Subs: Kocic, Henry, Stinson, Gordon, Morgan, Peterson, Zavarise
1′ And we’re off…
3′ Solli leads Richards down the right side, but its a bit too heavy and the TFC defense intercepts.
6′ Plata’s speed down the left flank is something NY will have to deal with carefully tonight.
7′ First corner of the match goes to NY. Frei punches out the initial deliverance, and McCarty puts the rebound over from distance.
10′ Plata creates space on the left and gets a shot off that blocked out for a corner.
12′ Plata is flagged for offsides, and the tallest man on the field (Sutton) upends the smallest (Plata)
16′ Soolsma gets a wide open look, but Sutton punches it away. On the counter Richards tries one from distance, but its right at Frei.
18′ After some nifty footwork, Henry lays one off for an onrushing Richards, who boots his one-timed shot well high and wide.
23′ Borman slides in to break up a Richards-McCarty one-two.
28′ NY definitely getting the better of possession, but not finding that final pass….yet.
30′ Soolsma gets in behind the D, but he can’t connect with Gargan’s cross.
33′ TFC looks content to play the counter as NY is having trouble breaking down a tight back line.
33′ GOAL NY!! Solli whips in a cross that Rodgers tips on to Henry, who calmly slides it past Frei. 1-0 NY!
38′ GOAL NY!! Solli with another assist and he finds Rodgers near the top of the are and the Englishman fires it past Frei. 2-0 NY!
39′ Yellow to Rodgers.
45′ 2 minutes of stoppage.
45+’ NY looked to have a third right at the whistle on a Lindpere free kick, but the ref whistles a foul, negating the strike. HALFTIME. 2-0 NY
HALFTIME: Sub TFC: Morgan for Borman.
46′ And we’re back…
52′ Sutton gets some help from the woodwork on a shot from Martina.
52′ GOAL NY!! Richards finds Lindpere in the middle and the Estonian scores his fifth of the year to give NY a 3-0 lead.
56′ NY sub: Agudelo for Rodgers; TFC sub: Stinson for Tchani.
59′ Yellow to Tainio
60′ Tainio will be forced to miss Saturday’s match with DC United for yellow accumulation.
62′ Yellow to Soolsma for a foul on McCarty.
66′ Solli slides one to Agudelo, and his sliding shot is deflected out for a corner.
67′ GOAL NY!! Off the corner, Agudelo heads home Lindpere’s inswinger. 4-0 NY!!
68′ TFC sub: Zavarise for Yourassowsky.
70′ Martina slides one across the goal mouth for Plata, but the forward can’t quite reach it.
80′ NY sub: Ballouchy for Tainio
86′ NY playing excellent possession game right now, killing the clock.
87′ GOAL NY!! Lindpere collects a loose ball in the area and finds Agudelo, who tallies his second of the night. 5-0 NY!!
90′ Another post keeps the sheet clean for NY in stoppage time.
FULLTIME: A comprehensive 5-0 win for NY tonight to earn the full three points!