Kick in the Aas: Own goal helps Metro to victory
February 1, 2010 (Official Game Summary)

Stromsgodset New York
Riddez Aas(OG)
02.01.10 · Preseason

The New York Red Bulls wrapped up their match schedule at the La Manga Resort in La Manga, Spain with a 2-1 win over Norwegian side, Stromsgodset IF, Monday afternoon. New York, which went ahead through an own goal and a second half strike from trialist Toni Kolehmainen, improved to 2-0-1 during its first preseason trip of the year.

Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards continued his torrid form in the preseason by setting up the team's first goal three minutes in. Richards sent in a dangerous cross that Stromsgodset's Alexander Aas tried to clear, but he knocked it into his own net. The Jamaican international has been involved in the first three of New York's preseason goals.

Forward Juan Pablo Angel nearly made it 2-0 in the 14th minute, when he gathered an Austin da Luz pass and blasted his shot over the crossbar. Midfielder Seth Stammler tested Stromsgodset goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey from 25 yards out and Kwarasey punched it away later in the half.

Stromsgodset equalized in the 54th minute. Joel Riddez created space in the middle of the penalty area and slammed a shot past substitute goalkeeper Greg Sutton, who replaced Bouna Coundoul at halftime

Angel nearly gave the Red Bulls back their lead seven minutes later. After earning a free kick at the top of Stromsgodset's penalty box, Angel curled his shot around the wall. However, Kwarasey, who went to full extension, parried the attempt away. In the 69th minute, Marcus Pedersen got his head on a Stromsgodset corner and Sutton made the save.

The Red Bulls tallied the eventual game-winner in the 76th minute. A Sinisa Ubiparipovic free kick in Stromsgodset's half was cut back into the box by John Agudelo, who was at the back post. Kolehmainen was able to get to it and rifled a shot into the goal's top corner.

Moments later, Riddez's attempt from long range was saved by Sutton. On the other end, Agudelo was given space off an Irving Garcia pass, but he poked his attempt wide. Pedersen was inches away from tying the match six minutes from full time, as his chip over Sutton from a sharp angle knocked off the back post.

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