Red Bulls shut out Wizards
Two huge crowds of soccer fans turned out Saturday in Kansas City, and both went home disappointed.
An announced crowd of about 12,000 showed up at the Power & Light District Saturday afternoon to watch Team USA fall to Ghana, 2-1, in extra time in the Round of 16 at the World Cup.
Later, a sold-out crowd of 10,385 packed CommunityAmerica Ballpark and watched the Kansas City Wizards drop an MLS contest to the New York Red Bulls, 3-0.
The game was scoreless for a half, but New York erupted for three second-half goals to put the game away.
"Obviously I'm upset about the US team," Wizards manager Peter Vermes said, "but you know you have club and country, and it's club for us now after that game, and this obviously wasn't what we expected, but the thing I have to do now is go back to the drawing board, get back to the field and start working at it."
Kansas City dictated the pace for much of the first half, taking three shots on goal to one from New York. Davy Arnaud took the game’ first shot on goal in the 21st minute, firing from long range toward the back post, but goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul smothered the opportunity.
In the second half, Kansas City nearly went on top in the 55th minute just before New York took a 1-0 lead. After a corner kick, Ryan Smith served a dangerous ball into the area that Jack Jewsbury redirected, but his shot went out of bounds. Coundoul launched the ensuing restart deep into Kansas City territory. The ball bounced behind defenders, and New York striker Salou Ibrahim headed the ball past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen for his third goal of the season. The assist on the play went to the Red Bulls’ ‘keeper Condoul, his second career assist.
Coundoul then returned to his work of keeping Kansas City off the score sheet, stopping a rocket off the foot of Kei Kamara in the 57th minute and going low to parry aside a near-post effort from Arnaud in the 60th minute.
In the 82nd minute, Coundoul again played provide, becoming the first MLS goalkeeper to record two assists in a single game. Coundoul’s punt bounced inside the Kansas City area, finding striker Juan Pablo Angel, who cut inside and banged a shot low under Nielsen for his seventh goal of the season. Angel then added his eighth of the year in the 90th minute, picking up a loose ball along the goal line, moving around Nielsen and sliding into the open net. Angel is now tied for second in MLS in goals, one behind Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"I'm not happy," Smith said of the loss. "It's the last thing I thought would happen especially after the way we started the game. I thought we did really well in the first half. We came in after halftime tied 0-0, and everything was even. We really thought we would go on and win. Little errors cost us tonight. There were a few, and unfortunately they turned into goals. Obviously we missed out on three points, and it hurts, especially at home."
Kansas City dropped to 3-6-3 on the season and is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 0-6-3 this season when allowing the first goal.
Kansas City next plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at FC Dallas.
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