The Harrisburg City Islanders sent his Red Bulls reeling from Cup competition with a deflating 3-1 victory in overtime. The team’s elimination gives Arteaga one less venue to showcase his quality.
“I had a couple of chances,” the 25 year old striker said. “One, I should have taken a touch and try to finish on one touch. I tried to do it one time. Usually you don’t have enough time. Just really disappointed for sure.”
With Thierry Henry out, Jose Angulo still nursing an injury, Corey Hertzog out on loan and Dane Richards on international duty, the starting spot was gifted to Arteaga alongside Kenny Cooper. Having not played competitive MLS minutes this season save for clean up duty in the waning minutes of decided matches, the young Colombian striker looked out of sorts against the Charleston Battery. Though sharper against the Islanders, he still could not find that scorers touch that made him an invaluable part of FCNY.
“(It was) difficult,” Arteaga said. “We came out here with our mentality really confident and wanting to win this match and moving on in the Cup. At the end of the day, the goals are what’s going to get the result. They scored two goals, and defended well and it really wasn’t good on our part.
“We didn’t really keep our shape. Things that we have been doing well, we have been keeping out shape. I think defensively, it wasn’t good enough. Offensively, we created some chances but the ball was not going to get in the back of the net today.”
“We did (control the match),” midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli noted. “Some of the crosses, we weren’t too effective in front of the box.”
Arteaga credited a strong team effort by the Islanders for the team’s letdown. “Defensively, (Harrisburg) are really tight,” he explained. “Once they went up two, it was really difficult to break in and get through balls. We tried to stretch them as much as possible, play wide and get crosses in. It’s just one of those nights we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
With the Red Bulls eliminated from the competition, chances will be few and far between for the young striker. Nevertheless, he hopes to contribute to the team’s regular season goals.
“It was one of those days,” he said. “Now we have to go into the break, relax our minds and look forward to the rest of the season.