Sanchez's goal drains Energy, 1:0
February 21, 2015 (Official Game Summary)

Oklahoma City New York

02.21.15 · Preseason

The New York Red Bulls earned a hard fought 1-0 win over USL side Oklahoma City Energy FC on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of a 10th minute goal from unsigned draft pick Manolo Sanchez.

The Red Bulls got off to a fast start, applying pressure early with a front four of Sanchez and veterans Peguy Luyindula, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dane Richards, who is back with the Red Bulls as a trialist.

That sustained pressure paid off in the 10th minute and the Red Bulls were able to capitalize. Following an Energy FC goal kick, Richards forced a turnover to Wright-Phillips and quickly transitioned into attack on the right. The Englishman took a strong first touch in-stride, cutting down the right side as he drew attention from the defense and was able to drive a low cross along the six-yard box for Sanchez to finish at the back post.

New York had a chance to double the lead less than 10 minutes later, when Wright-Phillips was able to play Luyindula on, again down the right side, but the veteran midfielder's cross carried just out of reach of Sanchez.

Just before the half Richards showcased his speed, running onto a loose ball and cutting down the wing before spotting a run from Wright-Phillips. Richards' pass deflected away from the Red Bulls' striker, who would have found himself alone inside the penalty area.

New York looked to have another goal just after the start of the second half, when Richards dummied a pass from Shawn McLaws, letting the ball pass him for Antaole Abang, who put a low strike just inside the right post, but the played was deemed to be offside.

The Red Bulls continued to push the game and had several quality scoring chances in the second half. In the 58th minute, Luyindula held up the ball on the edge of the 18, drawing several defenders before sliding a clever ball to Lade, who drove a low shot on target.

The highlight of second-half chances came in the 75th minute when rookie midfielder Sean Davis played a perfectly weighted ball into space for Richards, who beat his defender to the end line and put in a cross to the near post, finding the head of Abang. Abang's glancing header flashed across the face of goal, requiring a quality save from Oklahoma City goalkeeper Evan Newton.

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