New York Red Bulls ended the Barclays New York Challenge on a high as they beat Man City 2-1 to condemn the English Premier League side to their second-straight defeat.
Winger Dane Richards was the hero for the home side as he set up Macoumba Kandji’s first-half opener before securing the win with a second half thunderbolt, after Jô had equalised for City. The win meant the Red Bulls finished the tournament in third behind Sporting Lisbon and Tottenham.
The hosts made a bright start and deservedly took the lead in the seventh minute as Richards glided past former England left-back Wayne Bridge to set up Kandji’s near-post finish. New signing Thierry Henry then came close to doubling their lead in the 21st minute but his shot sailed just past Joe Hart’s upright.
Henry was again withdrawn at half-time and it looked as though his team-mates would pay for their profligacy as City equalised with 10 minutes of the second period gone. Young defender Greg Cunningham setting up Brazilian striker Jô to blast high into the net.
The visitors were then guilty of wasting chances themselves as Emmanuel Adebayor and Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely both spurned decent opportunities to seal victory.
However Richards had other ideas and with 20 minutes remaining struck the decisive blow. Picking the ball up on the edge of the box, the Jamaica international hit a stinging drive off the crossbar and past substitute keeper Stuart Taylor.
As well as securing third place in the tournament, the win gives the Red Bulls a 3-2 record against international opposition since they moved into their new home at the Red Bull Arena. It’s back to Major League Soccer action for the Red Bulls now and a trip to Houston on Saturday.
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