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Red Bulls finish Spanish visit unbeaten
by Ridge Mahoney, February 2nd, 2010 7AM
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[MLS] Finnish trialist Toni Kolehmainen scored the winning goal Monday to give the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 win over Stromsgodset of Norway in the final game of its three-match visit to La Manga, Spain. New York finished the Spanish leg of its preseason with two wins and a tie. The Red Bulls are scheduled to return to the United States before the weekend.

Eighteen players turned out for the Red Bulls. Kolehmainen, a 21-year-old who attended Blackburn's youth academy and has played for two clubs in his birthplace of Oulu, got the winner in 76th minute. Sinisa Ubiparipovic's free kick sailed to the far post, where John Agudelo knocked it back into the middle for Kolehmainen to hit into the top corner.

Agudelo is a product of the Red Bulls academy program who attended the U.S. Soccer U-17 residency camp in Bradenton, Fla., and made one stoppage-time appearance for the U.S. at the U-17 world championships last year. He has reportedly been offered an MLS contract by the Red Bulls and is also considering a move to Colombian club Millonarios, with which he trained last month. Agudelo replaced Macoumba Kandji in the second half.

New York took a 1-0 lead against Stromsgodset in the third minute when Alexander Aas tried to clear a Dane Richards cross but diverted it into his own net instead. Juan Pablo Angel twice threatened to increase the lead; he shot an early chance over the bar and in the second half Stromsgodset goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey parried his free kick.

Stromsgodset equalized in the 54th minute when Joel Riddez got loose in the penalty area and fired a shot past substitute goalkeeper Greg Sutton. The former TFC keeper is on trial with New York and replaced Bouna Coundoul at halftime. Sutton also stopped Marcus Pedersen prior to Kolehmainen's equalizer, and afterward collected a long shot from Riddez.

With six minutes left, Pedersen chipped a shot over Sutton that rebounded off the post.

After returning to New York, the Red Bulls will train for about a week before heading to Florida Feb. 15. It is one of four MLS teams participating in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Lake Buena, Fla., Feb. 25 and 27.

Feb. 1 in La Manga, Spain
New York 2, Stromsgodset IF 1
Aas (own goal) 3, Kolehmainen (Agudelo, Ubiparipovic) 76; Riddez 54.
New York -- Bouna Coundoul (Greg Sutton, 46), Toni Kolehmainen, Mike Petke, Andrew Boyens, Danleigh Borman, Dane Richards (Irving Garcia, 56), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Fernandinho, 86), Seth Stammler (Tim Ream, 46), Austin da Luz (Ernst Oebster, 46), Juan Pablo Angel (Giorgi Chirgadze, 70), Macoumba Kandji (John Agudelo, 46)
Stromsgodset IF - Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Krister Aunan, Glenn Andersen, Alexander Aas, Joel Riddez, Komlan Amewou, Fredrik Nordkvelle, Jo Inge Berget (Jim Johansen, 63), Øyvind Storflor, Marcus Pedersen, Muhamed Keita (Mads Ryghseter, 76).


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