Juan Pablo Angel put New York in front, but the Red Bulls conceded a goal in the final minute of a half for the eighth time this year, giving up Fredy Montero's equalizer for Seattle Sounders FC deep into first-half stoppage time as the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Giants Stadium Saturday night.
The Red Bulls snapped a five-game losing streak, but are now winless in seven consecutive games and remain entrenched in the Eastern Conference basement with 10 points from 16 matches.
Angel put away a gifted goal in the 40th minute when Tyrone Marshall's attempted clearance deflected off teammate Patrick Ianni and right into his path. The Red Bulls striker took a touch around Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller and put his fifth goal of the year into the open net.
But the Red Bulls lead didn't last very long as a blunder by rookie right back Jeremy Hall led to Montero's equalizer deep into first-half stoppage time. Instead of booting the ball out of harm's way, Hall took two touches deep in his defensive third. Montero swooped, slid in to tackle the ball away and then fired home his seventh goal of the year.
Angel's first scoring chance came in the eighth minute when Jorge Rojas headed a diagonal ball from Alfredo Pacheco back across the goal to Angel. But the Colombian's header missed the target before he was sent crashing to the turf by defender Tyrone Marshall.
Montero nearly gave Seattle a lead in the 33rd minute, but his powerful header of Sebastien Le Toux's corner kick rang off the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Kevin Goldthwaite was booked for a sliding tackle on Montero, a yellow card that will earn him a suspension for Wednesday's match at Toronto.
Montero nearly added a second goal two minutes into the second half, but Danny Cepero did well to dive to his right to parry the shot away for a Sounders FC corner kick.
Five minutes later, Nick Zimmerman found space down the right flank and served a ball into the box. Jorge Rojas dummied, giving Angel an open attempt. But the Red Bulls captain fired over the net.
In the 58th minute, Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio made his first substitution, bringing on Dane Richards for Rojas. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid responded with his first change 11 minutes later, replacing Le Toux with Sanna Nyassi.
Goldthwaite limped off with a quarter hour remaining, suffering from an abdominal strain, as Danleigh Borman came in for the Red Bulls second change. Also in the 75th minute, Roger Levesque replaced Nate Jaqua.
Osorio made his final substitution nine minutes from full time as John Wolyniec came on for Albert Celades.
The Red Bulls nearly conceded another late goal, but Cepero dived to his right to push away Levesque's attempt three minutes into second-half stoppage time.
Osorio made just one change to his starting XI that lost to Toronto last weekend, replacing the suspended Mike Petke with Goldthwaite, who was a late scratch against TFC because of a sprained left foot.
Sounders FC, who played D.C. United to a wild 3-3 draw at home on Wednesday, were without star Freddie Ljungberg, who was out with a tight hamstring.
The Red Bulls head back to the road, where they are winless in an MLS-record 20 consecutive regular-season matches, to face Toronto FC on Wednesday, while the Sounders FC are home for Colorado next Sunday.
Dylan Butler is a contributor to MLSnet.com