Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
TFC and Red Bull weather a stormy tie
by Ridge Mahoney, May 2nd, 2008 10:11AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

On FieldTurf whipped by wind and rain, keeping your footing can be harder than keeping the ball, and neither the Red Bulls nor Toronto FC gained much traction as they battled to a 1-1 tie Thursday night at BMO Field.

A game of 11 shots offered little dazzling play yet difficult though the conditions were, only 20 fouls were called and three cautions issued.

Both goals, unsurprisingly, came on set plays amid defensive miscues. An utterly unmarked Marco Velez headed TFC into the lead midway through the first half on a quickly taken Laurent Robert free kick, and Dave van den Bergh equalized six minutes before halftime with a low free kick that New York defended poorly.

New York, accustomed to playing on artificial turf in poor weather at the Meadowlands, took the game to TFC in the first 20 minutes, but lapsed as Hunter Freeman argued a foul call with referee Abby Okulaja and Velez nailed Robert's excellent service past Jon Conway.

TFC lined up a five-man wall after a handball by Tyrone Marshall near the middle of the field, which is always a tough spot to defend a set play. It takes too many players in the defensive wall to cover most of the goal, so one side or both posts must be left exposed.

Neither the wall nor keeper Greg Sutton covered his right post and that's where Van den Bergh drilled his shot.

The treacherous conditions and scrappy play took their toll on Red Bull midfielder Claudio Reyna, who left the game at halftime to be replaced by Sinisa Ubiparipovic. A lower left leg injury sidelined Reyna, according to the team.

Midfield scuffles broke out early in the second half. Jozy Altidore pushed Robert, and when Freeman interceded, Robert shoved him. After a few seconds of players jawing at each other, Okulaja carded Robert.

Amado Guevara, whose game was rather quiet as he and his mates struggled to break down his former team, picked up a caution shortly thereafter for crashing into Mike Magee.

Play deteriorated as conditions worsened and the teams settled into a rigid regimen of trying to force mistakes without taking risks. Red Bull brought on Dane Richards, injured during preseason, in the 65th minute but he made little headway in the wind and rain.

Not many ties have been played in MLS so far this season but for both teams, given the conditions and hazards, a point apiece seemed good enough.

May 1 in Toronto
Toronto FC 1 New York 1.

Goals: Velez 1 (Robert) 22; van den Bergh 39.

Toronto FC -- Greg Sutton, Marvell Wynne, Tyrone Marshall, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Rohan Ricketts (Jarrod Smith 74), Maurice Edu, Carl Robinson, Laurent Robert, Amado Guevara, Danny Dichio (Jeff Cunningham 83).

New York -- Jon Conway, Kevin Goldthwaite, Jeff Parke, Hunter Freeman, Danleigh Borman (Dane Richards 55), Mike Magee, Claudio Reyna (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46), Seth Stammler, Dave van den Bergh, Jozy Altidore (John Wolyniec 91+), Juan Pablo Angel.

Referee: Abiodun Okulaja

Att.: 19,816



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-23 romp in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5-2    
The U.S. under-23 national team defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina's under-23 team, 5-2, in a friendly played Friday in ...
MLS Week 4: FC Dallas puts its perfect record on line    
FC Dallas, the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in MLS, hosts the 2014 Supporters' Shield ...
Berti's back: 'Der Terrier' moves to U.S. sidelines    
Berti Vogts, who is responsible for Jurgen Klinsmann getting his job as German national team coach ...
USL Week 2: Finley joins Independence movement    
All 24 USL teams are in action this week as 10 of the 13 new teams ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"It's impossible for me to say, but I really had expected Mix to go. I think ...
Road to Russia: Barbados ends USVI dream    
Barbados made amends for a shock 1-0 loss at home during which it had two penalty ...
MLS Trade Central: Timbers sign Ghanaian winger    
The Portland Timbers have acquired winger Ishmael Yartey on loan from French Ligue 2 club Sochaux. ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"It was the first time in my life that I had not made a team, that ...
MLS clubs depleted because of callups    
MLS is the only top-level league with a heavy presence of national team players that didn't ...
Video Pick: How Neymar scored his 43rd goal for Brazil     
Neymar scored the decider in Brazil's 3-1 win over France. It was Brazil's seventh straight win ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives