The New York Red Bulls rode a three-goal performance by forward Juan Pablo Angel to defeat Toronto FC 4-0 last Saturday and win the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida.
Forward Conor Chinn also scored for New York, which has gone unbeaten in the 2010 preseason, improving to 4-0-3 with Saturday’s win. The Red Bulls, who did not concede a goal during the tournament, advanced to the Championship Game after they defeated the Houston Dynamo in a penalty kick shootout, 6-5, on Thursday following a 0-0 tie.
After knocking on the door several times in the first half, Angel put the Red Bulls in front in the 32nd minute. Midfielder Joel Lindpere swung in a left-footed corner kick and the Colombian Designated Player beat his man to the near post and headed it into the back of the net.
New York doubled its lead five minutes later. Tim Ream had possession in New York’s half and slid a splitting through-ball to an on-rushing Roy Miller. Miller slung a low cross into the six-yard-box that Angel one-timed past Frei.
Angel tallied his hat trick four minutes into the second half. Chinn had the ball at the top of the box and he slid it to Seth Stammler, who found Austin da Luz open on the left. Da Luz hit it across the goal and Angel re-directed it in.
Toronto FC threatened New York’s goal later in the interval, as a Marvell Wynne shot was high in the 58th minute and Dwayne De Rosario’s free kick curled over the bar. Toronto FC’s Vincent Kayizzi had his team’s best chance up to that point moments later, as Red Bulls goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell saved the midfielder’s 12-yard on-target attempt.
The Red Bulls went a man up in the 69th minute when Julian de Guzman slid in dangerously on Angel and the Toronto FC player was given a red card by referee Hilario Grajeda.
Patterson-Sewell was again called into action 12 minutes from full time when he got a hand on an O’Brian White right-footed shot. Chinn almost gave New York its fourth goal when he headed a pass wide soon after. However, Chinn did not miss in the 85th minute, nodding home a da Luz volley to give the Red Bulls the 4-0 advantage.
The team will play Santos FC (which will include star forward Robinho) at the grand opening of the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on March 20th. One week later, the Red Bulls kick off their 2010 MLS regular season at Red Bull Arena when they host the Chicago Fire at 7:00 PM.