Metro beats Lech Poznan on Angel's goal
January 28, 2010 (Official Game Summary)
Forward Juan Pablo Angel's first half goal and a stout defensive effort propelled the New York Red Bulls to their first win of the year with a 1-0 victory over Poland's Lech Poznan at the La Manga Resort in La Manga, Spain. New York improved to 1-0-1 during its first preseason trip of the year.
Lech Poznan controlled possession for the first part of the match, but both teams did not have many chances in the opening half an hour. Poznan's Sergei Krivets curled the ball around the Red Bulls' wall on a 23-yard free kick in the 32nd minute, but it was caught easily by trialist goalkeeper Greg Sutton. On the other end, New York rookie Conor Chinn nearly got on the end of a Danleigh Borman pass that was gobbled up by Poznan goalkeeper Krzysztof Kotorowski.
With six minutes until the break, New York generated its best chance up to that point. Angel gathered the ball in the midfield and strung a pass to an on-rushing Dane Richards, whose shot on target was blocked by Kotorowski.
The Red Bulls took the lead moments later. On a counterattack, midfielder Jeremy Hall found Angel at the top of the penalty box. Angel took a touch before lashing a low, right-footed shot past Kotorowski and inside the far post for his first goal of the year. Poznan nearly equalized off the restart, as Bartosz Bosacki nodded a cross high.
In the 82nd minute, the Polish side had its best chance of the day to score. Bortosz Berescynski found space in the box and rifled an on-target shot across the face of goal that a fully extended Bill Gaudette poked away. In second half stoppage time, a Berescynski header went straight at Gaudette in the game's final scoring opportunity.