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MLS Game Summary - San Jose at New York



(Friday, May 8, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: New York 4, San Jose 1

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The New York Red Bulls earned just their second victory of the 2009 Major League Soccer season on Friday night, 4-1 over the San Jose Earthquakes at Giants Stadium.

The home side jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 40 minutes behind two goals from Jorge Rojas and a goal apiece from Juan Pablo Angel and Macoumba Kanji to coast to the easy victory.

"We started the game well on both ends, offensively and defensively," New York coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. "I was disappointed in the way we played the last five minutes of the first half, I let the players know that I thought it was too casual for my liking. In general and throughout the 90 minutes, I thought we deserved the three points and [there were] some very good performances, especially in the back line."

New York (2-5-2) moves out of the Eastern Conference basement with the win, three points up on last-placed Columbus, which hosts Kansas City on Saturday.

The Red Bulls got things started early when Rojas beat San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon with a free kick in the seventh minute. Rojas lofted a ball from the right side with his left foot, and with Kevin Goldthwaite distracting Cannon in the penalty area, the ball bounced inside the six-yard box and in.

Rojas made it 2-0 in the 13th minute after a brilliant set-up by Kandji. After a Carlos Johnson throw-in from the right side, Kandji flicked a header toward the back post to Rojas, who headed into a wide-open net.

"I think Jorge had been knocking on the door for quite a while," Osorio said. "I remember his shots from distance against D.C. There were times in the preseason when he was our best player. I think when he plays farther up the pitch, he is very good to us and I am very pleased to see Jorge scoring and playing."

Kandji set up Angel for his team's third goal in the 22nd minute. After receiving a ball from Albert Celades on the right side, Kanji drove toward the penalty area before playing a diagonal ball through the defense to Angel for and easy tap-in to make it 3-0 New York.

Kandji got his own goal five minutes before the break to make it 4-0 when he stole the ball off Kelly Gray and fired a perfectly placed shot past Cannon for his second goal of the season.

"It all started from Seth Stammler," Kandji said. "He put pressure on, and I put pressure on. I never gave up, so I just picked his pocket and went one-on- one with the keeper."

Ryan Johnson added a goal for San Jose in the 45th minute, but the teams remained scoreless in the second half.

"The game was basically over in the first 20 minutes," San Jose coach Frank Yallop said. "Three-nil down and I don't know what the minute was, but especially away from home, it's tough to get anything out of the game. The game was over once they scored. If it's three-nil, it means something but four, you're struggling you know it's not. We were just not, for some reason, in the game and we weren't really playing the game. And when the game was sort of dead and buried, we started to push and do the things that we talked about before the match. But once the goals are in, it's all about scoring. We were poor first half and it showed in the scoring."

New York will try to climb up the standings when it hosts Houston next Saturday while the Earthquakes (1-5-2) play at Houston on May 23 in their next MLS fixture.

05/08 22:56:47 ET