Metro gets theoretical revenge on Palace, 2:0
March 12, 2009 (Official Game Summary)
The New York Red Bulls completed their 2009 preseason with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace Baltimore of the United Soccer League's Second Division at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Thursday night. New York received goals from Khano Smith and former CPB midfielder Matthew Mbuta, as the Red Bulls ended their preseason with a 4-2-3 record.
Both teams had scoring chances in the first half. In the 24th minute, CPB's Shintaro Harada chipped it over the top to Tanner Wolfe, who centered the ball into the box to Val Teixeira. However, defender Luke Sassano was there to break up the play before Teixeira got a shot off. Moments later, Dane Richards was able to get free in the penalty box and hit a left-footed shot from 15 yards out that was punched away by goalkeeper Brian Rowland.
CPB almost took the lead in the 41st minute as midfielder Jordan Seabrook found an unmarked Almir Barbosa at the penalty spot. However, the forward whiffed on the shot attempt and the ball was cleared.
The Red Bulls went ahead four minutes later. Playing at right back, Jeremy Hall swung the ball towards Juan Pablo Angel, who was at the top of the box. Angel let it bounce past him to the path of an on-rushing Smith and the Bermudan brushed off his defender and slotted it past Rowland.
New York doubled its lead two minutes into the second half. John Wolyniec hit a low pass towards the penalty box to Mbuta, who turned and hit it inside the left post from 12 yards out.