The New York Red Bulls' 18-year-old forward Juan Agudelo scored his first career MLS goal as the New York Red Bulls defeated the visiting Seattle Sounders 1-0 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Saturday night.
The decisive goal came in the 70th minute as Agudelo ran onto a long ball from midfielder Teemu Tainio. Agudelo a member of the U.S. national squad, who was called up for upcoming matches against Argentina and Paraguay, got past Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez and deposited the ball past goalkeeper Kasey Keller for a ruthless finish that sent the crowd of 20,982 plus into pandemonium.
Earlier in the match, captain Thierry Henry fed a through ball to Agudelo behind the Seattle back line. The Red Bulls forward beat Seattle central defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado to the ball. The striker’s nifty footwork to cut the ball back drew contact from Hurtado, who clipped Agudelo for a PK. However, Henry’s low shot was tipped away by Keller.
After Agudelo’s goal in the 70th minute, second-half sub Tony Tchani nearly made it a 2-0 match with a header in the 88th minute which was also tipped by Keller over the bar.
Juan Agudelo's First MLS Goal
Seattle nearly scored a dramatic equalizer in stoppage time. Montero’s free kick from 20 yards out was punched away by Greg Sutton and Lamar Neagle skied the rebound over the bar.
Steve Zakuani, who carried a hip injury into the opening match last Tuesday against Los Angeles did not make the trip for Seattle, who instead started Erik Friberg at left midfield and gave draftee Servando Carrasco his first MLS start.
The Red Bulls’ first lineup of 2011 featured new members Jan Gunnar Solli at right back and Teemu Tainio in central midfield.
NY – Agudelo (Tainio) 70’
SEA – Hurtado (61’)
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