LITTLE FALLS, NJ – The New York Red Bulls and D.C. United Reserve Teams drew 1-1 on Thursday afternoon at Montclair State University Soccer Park at Pittser Field. Cristhyan Najar scored for the visitors in the 55th minute before New York’s Corey Hertzog tied the game 30 minutes later.
Both teams had chances to find the back of the net in a scoreless first half. In the 12th minute, Red Bulls forward Jose Angulo slid the ball to an open Brian Nielsen, who pulled his shot just past the right post. Ten minutes later, United was inches from taking the lead, as forward Blake Brettschneider found an on-rushing Seth C’deBaca on the right side of the penalty box. C’deBaca’s ensuing shot beat goalkeeper Alex Horwath and caromed off the left upright.
Later on in the interval, New York midfielder Dax McCarty chipped it over the top to Hertzog. The Red Bulls forward rounded goalkeeper Joe Willis but could not get his attempt on target. Then, six minutes from the break, United forward Joseph Ngwenya pulled it back to Brettschneider and his one-time blast went over the bar.
D.C. United took the lead in the 55th minute. A long pass was played from United’s defensive end into the New York’s half. Substitute Red Bulls goalkeeper Chris Konopka came off his line for the ball and collided with Red Bull John Rooney and a United player. The ball ricocheted into the left of the box and Najar was to first it, knocking it into the vacant goal.
The Red Bulls looked to get back into it three minutes later, as Angulo had enough space to force Willis to parry his shot away. Soon after, Konopka was called upon to save a Brandon Barklage right-footed attempt.
New York earned its equalizer five minutes from full time. Rooney passed it to Semso Nikocevic on the right wing. Nikocevic’s ensuing low cross fell to Hertzog, who took a touch before volleying it into the back of the net.
New York Red Bulls 1, D.C. United 1
October 6, 2011 – MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field – Little Falls, NJ
DC: Cristhyan Najar (unassisted) 55’
NY: Corey Hertzog (Semso Nikocevic, John Rooney) 85’
DC: Conor Shanosky (caution) 59’
NY: Stephane Auvray (caution) 79’
New York Red Bulls – Alex Horwath (Chris Konopka* 46’), John Rooney, Matt Kassel, Mike Jones, Tommy Williams*, Mehdi Ballouchy, Dax McCarty, Stephane Auvray, Brian Nielsen (Marcos Paullo 63’), Corey Hertzog, Jose Angulo* (Semso Nikocevic* 77’)
Substitutes Not Used/Substituciones No Utilizadas: Teddy Schneider, Joe Cullen*
D.C. United – Joe Willis (GK), Devon McTavish, Conor Shanosky, Brandon Barklage, Chris Korb, Austin Da Luz (Brad Vorv* 84’), Kurt Morsink, Patrick Foss* (Cristhyan Najar* 46’), Seth C’deBaca* (Jannik Eckenrode* 66’), Joseph Ngwenya, Blake Brettschneider
Substitutes Not Used/Substituciones No Utilizadas: None
* - Non Roster Player
Referee/Árbitro Central: Ryan dos Reis
Referee’s Assistants/Árbitros Laterales: Lahoucine Kharmaj, Neil Barbulescu
4th Referee/Cuarto Arbitro: Robert Sibiga