Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Heath Pearce salvaged a 1-1 draw for Red Bull
New York on Wednesday at BC Place when he headed home a cross from Joel
Lindpere in the 86th minute to prevent a third straight win for Vancouver
A slow first half gave way to more open second 45 minutes that saw each side
tally a goal in the last quarter of the match.
Martin Bonjour's goal in the 75th had Vancouver on course for another three
points. But after a five-game winning streak, New York was able to prevent a
second successive loss with the late header from Pearce.
The lone chance of note in the first half was a badly scuffed shot from
Vancouver's Camilo Sanvezzo, who missed the net from 10 yards after being
played into the area.
Lindpere had a good look at goal early in the second half but shot straight at
goalkeeper Joe Cannon, while substitute Eric Hassli narrowly missed the net at
the near post for the home side.
The Whitecaps finally cracked the scoreboard with 15 minutes to play when
Davide Chiumiento's low cross made its way through traffic and found the foot
of Bonjour, who curled a well-placed shot inside the right post.
Lindpere nearly responded within two minutes, but he struck the post with a
shot on the turn.
However, Lindpere had a hand in the goal when he played a short corner to Dane
Richards and fired the return pass into the box, where Pearce got free to
head home the equalizer.