Bouna's PK save preserves 1:1 tie vs Chicago
February 23, 2011 (Official Game Summary)
In New York's first preseason match against a MLS opponent, the Red Bulls First Team drew 1-1 with the Chicago Fire Wednesday afternoon at Lockhart Stadium. Midfielder Joel Lindpere scored his first goal of the season while goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul stopped a penalty kick in the second half to keep the game tied.
The Red Bulls looked to get to a fast start six minutes in, as forward Thierry Henry created space from 15 yards out and fired high. New York controlled possession within the opening moments of the match and their persistence paid off with the first goal in the 18th minute. The ball was headed out of the box to Lindpere, who fired a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Sean Johnson and into the lower right hand corner of the net.
Chicago's best chance of the first half came in the 42nd minute, as Baggio Husidic got behind the Red Bulls' defense and chipped it just past the right post.
The Fire equalized eight minutes into the second half. Midfielder Patrick Nyarko raced to the endline and crossed it to an open Marco Pappa, who controlled it and fired it in from six yards out.
Chicago had a golden opportunity to take the lead with 20 minutes to play, as Nyarko was fouled by Rafa Marquez in the penalty box. However, Coundoul guessed correctly and smothered Pappa's ensuing spot kick.