Courtesy New York Red Bulls
HOUSTON, TX (November 3, 2013) – First half goals from Tim Cahill and Eric Alexander helped the New York Red Bulls, who played over 25 minutes down a man, to a 2-2 road tie against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium in the teams’ first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinals Series Sunday afternoon.
New York will host the home leg on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8:00 PM at Red Bull Arena (coverage begins at 7:30 PM on MSG). In the conference semifinals, the team that scores the most goals in the two legs would advance to the Eastern Conference Final and would take on the winner of the Sporting Kansas City-New England Revolution series (New England currently leads 2-1 on aggregate).
The Red Bulls went ahead in the 22nd minute. David Carney was fed the ball on the left wing and slid it down the sideline to Thierry Henry, who crossed it into the box. Cahill was there at the back post to head it in for his first career postseason goal. New York then doubled their lead less than 10 minutes later. Off a swift counterattack, Cahill slipped it through to Alexander on the right wing. Alexander got into the box, cut it to his left foot and slid it past goalkeeper Tally Hall.
Houston was able to pull one back in the 51st minute. A New York clearance fell at the top of the box to midfielder Ricardo Clark. Clark was able to control the ball and fired a shot into the back of the net to make the score 2-1.
The Red Bulls went down a man in the 65th minute, as defender Jamison Olave was issued a red card for a tackle on Omar Cummings. However, New York’s defense stayed firm under the final moments of the match, when the hosts got an equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time. A Houston corner kick was nodded on frame by Bobby Boswell. New York goalkeeper Luis Robles was able to make the stop but Cummings was there to put it in from close range.
New York Red Bulls 2, Houston Dynamo 2
November 3, 2013 – BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, TX
MLS Regular Season
Teams are tied 2-2 on aggregate
NY: Tim Cahill 1 (Thierry Henry 1) 22’
NY: Eric Alexander 1 (Tim Cahill 1, Dax McCarty 1) 32’
HOU: Ricardo Clark 1 (unassisted) 51’
HOU: Omar Cummings 1 (unassisted) 92’+
NY: Jonny Steele (caution) 36’
NY: Thierry Henry (caution) 54’
HOU: Boniek Garcia (caution) 62’
NY: Jamison Olave (red card, ejection) 65’
NY: David Carney (caution) 84’
NY: Brandon Barklage (caution) 84’
New York Red Bulls – Luis Robles, Markus Holgersson, Jamison Olave (Ejected 65’), Ibrahim Sekagya, David Carney, Eric Alexander (Bradley Wright-Phillips 82’), Dax McCarty, Peguy Luyindula (Lloyd Sam 73’), Jonny Steele (Brandon Barklage 68’), Tim Cahill, Thierry Henry
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Meara, Kosuke Kimura, Matt Miazga, Fabian Espindola
Houston Dynamo – Tally Hall, Kofi Sarkodie, Eric Brunner (Cam Weaver 85’), Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe, Boniek Garcia, Warren Creavalle (Andrew Driver 70’), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Giles Barnes (Omar Cummings 61’), Will Bruin
Substitutes Not Used: Tyler Deric, Mike Chabala, Alexander Lopez, Servando Carrasco
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson, Corey Parker
4th Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero