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MLS Game Summary - New England at New York



(Saturday, April 19, 2008)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: New England 1, New York 1

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - New York Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio doesn't expect his players to run through a wall for him. He just expects them not to shy away from contact with the ball when they are part of a defensive wall.

With New York up one goal in the second half of a match against Eastern Conference rivals the New England Revolution at Giants Stadium on Saturday, Adam Cristman drew a questionable foul right at the top of the Red Bulls? penalty area 11 minutes after the first-half break. The home side put a seven- man wall up to stop the shot, but Jeff Larentowicz's blast found the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1, which is how the game ended.

"I'm disappointed at the wall. I think we had enough numbers in the wall," Osorio said. "It was an inside shot, it?s not even in step. It?s not even a hard shot and it?s down low and if I would have been standing on that wall I would have put my face to that ball. That?s what I expect of my players and they know."

"It was a situation where they put a lot of guys in the wall and I think the goalie might have been a little blocked by those guys and I just kind of found a spot to put it in there," Larentowicz said.

The tie felt like a loss to the Red Bulls, especially after Revs midfielder Mauricio Castro was sent off with a red card at the beginning of the second half.

"We feel like that is our game, so for them to get one chance and put it away, that?s hard to swallow," said New York?s Chris Leitch, who was the player who turned his back to Larentowicz's shot. "Especially against New England. Especially against New England."

"The guys showed you tonight what they are all about," New England coach Steve Nicol said. "Only 10 men and one-nil down, we get a point. It shows you the character of the club."

Jozy Altidore scored the game?s first goal on a brilliant individual effort to give the Red Bulls the lead at the half hour mark, but it wasn't enough, even playing up a man for the majority of the second half.

The game started very sloppy with the slick turf speeding things up. The Revolution only managed two shots the entire first half, neither of which was on goal.

Rookie left back Amaechi Igwe had the visitors best opportunity when he blasted a long-range shot just wide of the far post in the 17th minute.

The Red Bulls managed five shots in the first half with Altidore?s goal at the half-hour mark being one of two that were on goal.

The 18-year-old phenom took control of the ball at the midline, drove at the defense around Igwe, battled through an attempted tackle by Larentowicz and fired a hard shot past Matt Reis for his first goal of the campaign.

"As you could see on the goal, he just kind of charged through our defense and hit a good shot. He is a lot to handle," Larentowicz said.

The home side?s other shot came about five minutes before the break when defensive midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic nimbly dribbled through the left side of the Revs defense, but fired an open shot from about 18 yards out right at Reis.

Things didn't start well in the second half for the visitors, with Castro getting his red in the 46th minute after kicking New York defender Kevin Goldthwaite.

"The send-off is a clear send-off," Osorio said. "The guy from the floor tried to put his cleats in one of my players. There is nothing to discuss."

Cristman drew the controversial foul at the top of the box 13 minutes later. Referee Ricardo Salazar whistled Leitch for tripping up Cristman, but replays showed the call was questionable, at best.

"I promised my wife I would not talk about the referees," Osorio said.

"We limited a very good team to one chance and they scored on the free kick. If I'm honest I can probably live with the foul but I can't live with anybody standing at the end of the wall and turning their back on the wall on an inside shot. I'm very disappointed with that play."

New York had a couple opportunities to go ahead the rest of the half.

A perfect Danleigh Borman cross in 64th minute to John Wolyneic pushed over the crossbar. New York captain Claudio Reyna set up Altidore in 71st minute on a great through ball, but Reis made a great save on Altidore's blast from about 12-yards out.

Wolyneic had another chance in the 79th on a cross, but his header was also saved by Reis.

"John (Wolyneic) had a perfect opportunity on Danleigh?s cross," Osorio said. "Then on another chance on David Van den Bergh's cross. I think we did enough but that is football. If you don't finish your chances and you allow that to happen. That?s what happens."

Game Note: New York striker Juan Pablo Angel left the game after the first half after aggravating hamstring injury.

- By Pat Martin, MLS Editor

04/19 23:44:30 ET