New York Red Bulls tie Seattle Sounders 1-1, Hold On To First Place
Added by Bryan Salazar on October 1, 2013.
Tim Cahill celebrating his goal that gave life to their chances in winning the Supporter’s Shield. (Photo Credits: empireofsoccer.com)
Tim Cahill got control of a loose ball in the penalty area and scored late in the 76th minute on Sunday, lifting the New York Red Bulls into a 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders that put them back atop the MLS standings.
The Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls (15-9-7) have 52 points, while the Sounders (15-8-6) picked up their 51st point to climb back into a tie with Real Salt Lake for first place in the Western Conference
The Sounders dominated large portions of the match but proved wasteful with their many opportunities, only having a Brad Evans penalty kick to show for their efforts.
Missing Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave and playing in a steady rain and strong winds, the Red Bulls were mostly content to defend and counter, and they got their point from Cahill’s curling strike second half of the game.
The Sounders will likely be cursing their inability to take greater advantage after bossing a first half in which they had 64 percent of possession and outshot the Red Bulls 10-3. But for all that domination, they had nothing to show for it until the 44th minute.
That’s when Evans hit a cross that struck the hand of Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson inside the New York penalty box. Evans, as he has in each of his previous six attempts, buried the spot kick despite goalkeeper Luis Robles guessing correctly.
The goal ended a 296-minute shutout streak for the Red Bulls, the eighth longest in MLS this season. It allowed the Sounders to go into halftime with the lead, even after missing several strong opportunities.
Seattle also had a golden chance to add an insurance goal in the second half. Johnson raced out on a breakaway with just one defender to beat, but did not pass to Martins he streaked toward goal unmarked and the opportunity went begging.
The missed chance proved costly, as Cahill found the equalizer seven minutes later.
The Red Bulls had their four-game winning streak snapped, but extended their unbeaten run to five games.
The Red and White will now look to Saturday where they will take on New England to hopefully solidify their chances of winning the Supporter’s Shield, also their first silverware as a franchise.
The game will be broadcasted on MSG at 7 EST.