HARRISON, N.J. -- When FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls put together their end of season highlight tapes, chances are there will be precious few moments from Saturday night’s 2-1 win by New York.
The win by the Red Bulls was short on flair and was instead marked with hard work and grit before 13,667 at Red Bull Arena. Juan Pablo Ángel’s penalty kick in the 89th minute was the only difference between two teams looking to carve out their identity early in the season.
The Red Bulls erased an early 1-0 deficit in the 56th minute, thanks to a one-timer from Ángel off a cross from Joel Lindpere for the Colombian forward’s first tally of the season. It was just the third score of the season for New York through four games, among the lowest tallies in the league.
Ángel had the chance to give the Red Bulls a lead just moments later, after Red Bulls forward Mac Kandji was tripped up in the Dallas penalty box. But Ángel’s strike was denied by Dallas goalkeeper Darío Sala, keeping the score level 1-1 until the waning moments.
That’s when Ángel got his second chance from the penalty spot, this time burying the game-winner into the back of the net after substitute Sinisa Ubiparipovic was controversially tripped on the edge of the penalty box by Daniel Hernandez.
FC Dallas entered the game with two draws through two matches, a team mired at the bottom of the Western Conference and seemingly lacking inspiration. The Red Bulls, on the heels of one of the worst seasons in league history last year, opened the season with two wins but crashed last week with lackluster 2-0 loss to Chivas USA.
Any sour taste left over from that defeat turned bitter in the 9th minute, when Dax McCarty scored the game’s first goal. The visitors had the run of play through much of the game’s opening 10 minutes and it was McCarty who headed home a sweeping cross from Heath Pearce for his first tally of the season.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, the villain last week in the loss to Chivas USA when he scored an own-goal on the first score of the game, redeemed himself several times in the second half of this one. In his best moment in the 68th minute, Coundoul raced out of the net to stuff FC Dallas’ Jeff Cunningham, who one-timed a Pearce through ball right into the keeper’s diving body.
DAL -- Dax McCarty 1 (Heath Pearce 1, David Ferreira 2) 10’
NY -- Juan Pablo Ángel 1 (Joel Lindpere 1) 56’
NY -- Juan Pablo Ángel 2 (PK) 90’
DAL -- Atiba Harris (caution; Reckless Tackle) 24’
Referee: Alex Prus
Referee's Assistants: James Conlee; Jeff Muschik
4th Official: Lee Suckle
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