Red Bull remain undefeated, draw LA Galaxy at home

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
Staff Writer

HARRISON, N.J. – The only thing missing from today’s performance at Red Bull Arena against the LA Galaxy was the three points.

Jessie Marsch’s high-press offense continues to prove effective as the Red Bulls dominated possession and looked to be the better team despite the 1-1 result.

“For ninety minutes I thought we were on top of the match,” said head coach Jessie Marsch who appeared far more accepting of his team’s performance than last Friday against San Jose. Praise was also handed out to the goalscoring midfielder Felipe who continues to impress. “He does the little things well. He sees the game fast and his feet are sharp.”

An early goal in the eighth minute by Bradford Jamieson immediately put New York on the back foot. In the second half, the team didn’t slow down and earned the tie in the 57th minute when Felipe headed a deflected ball off of a Bradley Wright-Phillips shot into the net.

The first half saw New York continue their now customary high press offense to much success. By contrast, LA was open to playing the counter attack and it paid off early when one of their first trips into Red Bull territory produced a goal. Bradford Jamieson scored an impressive goal after some even more impressive footwork. Still, Jessie Marsch’s side continued to press forward with moderate success, nearly finding the right pass to equalize on several occasions.

The second half was much of the same — except with better results for New York. Twelve minutes after the second half whistle, the hard work paid off when Felipe scored what he described as a “lucky” goal to tie the encounter. Later on in the half, LA needed a dose of luck as New York nearly took the lead when Wright-Phillips was able to find enough space for a decent shot. Jaime Pinedo was up to the task, parrying it away to keep the score deadlocked.

New York remains the only undefeated team in MLS, currently sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference behind DC United and the New England Revolution. The coming week will prove to be treacherous as they play a Wednesday night game against Colorado and then a road trip to New England.

Scoring Summary:

LA – Bradford Jamieson (1) (Stefan Ishizaki), 9′

NY – Felipe (1), 58′

Misconduct Summary:

LA – Gyasi Zardes (caution, foul), 14′

NY – Matt Miazga (caution, foul), 29′

LA – Alan Gordon (caution, foul), 44′

NY – Dax McCarty (caution, foul), 66′

LA – Robbie Rogers (caution, foul), 81′

LA – Omar Gonzalez (caution, foul), 82′

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Damien Perrinelle, Matt Miazga, Kemar Lawrence, Dax McCarty ©, Felipe, Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam (Mike Grella, 68′), Sal Zizzo (Dane Richards, 75′), Bradley Wright-Phillips

TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 1.

LA Galaxy: Jaime Penedo; Dan Gargan, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Rogers; Stefan Ishizaki (Mike Vayrynen 66′), Juninho ©, Baggio Husidic, Gyasi Zardes; Bradford Jamieson IV (Rafael Garcia 90’+3), Alan Gordon (Edson Buddle 72′).

TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 17; OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 2.

Referee: Ted Unkel

Referee’s Assistants: Matthew Nelson, Kevin Klinger

4th Official: Jorge Gonzalez

Attendance: 20,062


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