With rumors circulating that Macedonian international goalkeeper Ola Nikolic
might be bound for the Red Bulls, a pair of goalies on trial helped New
York shut out Lech Poznan of Poland, 1-0, at La Manga, Spain on Thursday.
Forward Juan Pablo Angel
, preparing for his fourth MLS season, scored the only goal as New
York marked up its first victory and first shutout of 2010. It opened its three-game stint Monday by tying CSKA Moscow of Russia, 1-1.
Coach Hans Backe
the liberal substitution policies in force for these friendlies by sending out 18 players, including former Toronto FC keeper Greg Sutton
, who gave way at halftime to fellow trialist
, formerly of Columbus and Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL. They combined for the shutout, with Gaudette twice thwarting Bortosz Berescynski
final minutes. Trialist Frederic Jonsson
played the entire game for Red Bull.
Sutton easily held a first-half free kick by Sergei Krivets
, and Red
Bulls rookie Conor Chinn
got a good look at goal via a pass by Dane Richards
but his shot was stopped by Lech Poznan goalie Krzysztof Kotorowski
Richards broke through later in the half and Kotorowski stoned him as well.
In the 42nd minute, Jeremy Hall
threaded a pass to Angel at the top of the penalty area, and
Angel shot low with his right foot to score the game's only goal.
Berescynski tested Gaudette in the 82nd minute with a cross shot that Gaudette stretched to tip away. The keeper found
space in the box and rifled an on-target shot across the face of goal that a fully extended Gaudette poked away. In second half stoppage time, a Berescynski header went straight at Gaudette in the
game's final scoring opportunity.
New York plays its final scheduled game in La Manga Monday against Norwegian club Stromsgodset IF. Jan. 28
New York Red
Bulls 1, Lech Poznan 0
Angel (Hall) 42'. New York --
Greg Sutton (Bill Gaudette 46'), Danleigh Borman (Austin da Luz 62'), Tim Ream (Mike Petke 46'),
Frederic Jonnson, Carlos Johnson (Andrew Boyens 46'), Jeremy Hall, Seth Stammler (Ernst Oebster 62'), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Walter Garcia 62'), Dane Richards, Conor Chinn, Juan Pablo Angel (Irving
Garcia 62'). Lech Poznan
(First Half) -- Krzysztof Kotorowski (GK), Tomasz Bandrowski, Robert Lewandowski, Jan Zapotoka, Zlatko Tanevski, Bartosz Bosacki, Anderson
Denyro Cueto Sanchez, Grzegorz Wojtkowiak, Sergei Krivets, Mateusz Mozdzen, Marcin Kaminiski Lech Poznan
(Second Half)-- Jasmin Buric (GK), Mateusz Szalek, Zlatko
Tanesvski, Ivan Djurdjevic, Luis Alfonso Henriquez Ledezma, Kamic Drygas, Dimitrije Injac, Stawomir Peszko, Mateusz Mozdzen, Semir Stillic, Bortosz Berescynski.