‘Saer It Ain’t So:’ Red Bulls eliminated from Champions League with FAS draw


Red Bull striker Saer Sene punted a penalty kick into the stands and his teammates could not generate another true scoring chance as New York settled on a lifeless 0-0 draw against CD FAS in El Salvador.

The result mathematically eliminates the Red Bulls from CONCACAF Champions League, awarding the Montreal Impact a first place finish in group play and advancement into the knockout rounds.

New York took control of the match in the first half, but failed to convert on quality chances — none more damning than Sene’s penalty.  Ambroise Oyongo drew the call in the box, earning Nestor Renderos a yellow for his infraction.  Sene lined up the penalty shot and sent it sailing well above the head of keeper Luis Contreras and into the empty stands.  Earlier, Peguy Luyindula was denied on a break by Contreras; the only other true scoring opportunity for New York in the first half.

Aside from their flubbed penalty, New York suffered another significant setback, subbing midfielder Lloyd Sam for rookie Eric Stevenson in the 16th minute due to hamstring tightness.

With Sam gone, the Red Bulls struggled to stretch an otherwise overmatched FAS defense.

Sene nearly made up for his penalty gaffe to start the second half, but an apparent goal was called back for offside.  From there, neither New York nor FAS did much to challenge the opposing net.  However, the Red Bulls found life late.  Cameroon international Oyongo found space in the 84th minute, sending a perfectly placed cross towards an open Ruben Bover.  The Spaniard lined up the shot but sent a headed blast right into the arms of Contreras.

Despite a high press, New York would not find another opportunity on the night, ending their Champions League run on the heels of a draw and with a game in hand.

With both the CCL and U.S. Open Cup behind them, New York focus in on the regular season, starting this weekend against the Los Angeles Galaxy.


Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c12/h02/mnt/211961/domains/empireofsoccer.com/html/wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php on line 399
  • Andrew Bissonette

    After watching Saer Sene suck for about a month and topping it off with that, is it fair to start calling for him never to see the pitch again?

  • jspech


  • James from LI

    If NYRB ever somehow manage to qualify for CCL again, they should give their spot to a team that will actually play to win. My team treats any competition outside of MLS as an inconvenience at best (except international friendlies).

  • This is an absolute shame. It really bothers me that RBNY does not take CCL and USOC seriously. They can say what they want but they did not field, Henry, Olave, BWP, or Robles for this match. Their entry into CCL was earned by way of winning the supporters shield last year. Why why why why why….do we give a CCL bid to the supporters shield winner if at the end of the day they are going to **** away the tournament?
    For this, you give the spot to the NASL champion who I am sure would give 110% if they had a chance to play in the CCL.

    Further, the fact that RBNY didn’t give a crap about this tournament means the Montral Impact are going through to the next round. With all due respect to them, is this who we want representing US clubs in the next round of the CCL?

    When is US Soccer going to wake up – we look like a clown nation at the club level!

    • Anonymous

      Relax, Cosmos lost,

  • the only positive from this match is Dave’s headline “Saer it aint so”.

Warning: sizeof(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /nfs/c12/h02/mnt/211961/domains/empireofsoccer.com/html/wp-content/plugins/bmo-expo/classes/theGallery.php on line 136