Red Bulls Topple FC New York 2-1 In US Open Cup
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Corey Hertzog and John Rooney scored seven minutes apart in the second half and the New York Red Bulls rallied for a 2-1 victory over FC New York in a third-round game in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night.
Rooney, the brother of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, got the game-winner in the 65th minute with a blast from just outside the penalty area for his first goal with the Red Bulls.
Red Bulls coach Hans Backe was satisfied after winning with a young lineup and advancing to a quarterfinal matchup with the Fire in Chicago on July 12.
“It’s a decent performance,” Backe said. “We had our chances. (Juan) Agudelo had a number of chances to probably kill the game a little earlier. I’m not surprised.”
Hertzog had tied the game in the 58th minute after the FC New York defense failed to clear the ball. Agudelo collected the ball and headed it to Hertzog. His low, sharp-angle shot beat goalkeeper Steve Diaz.
“I saw the left center back take a bad touch so I figured I would give him a foot on it. It hit the bottom of my heel and popped straight up,” Hertzog said after his first goal with New York. “Agudelo, how big and strong he is, just got up in the air and headed it down. The thought going through my head was, just get this on target. Luckily I did.”
FC New York, a USL Pro League team, had taken a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute when Owen Morrison took a pass from Don Smart and beat goalkeeper Greg Sutton to the top left corner with a 25-yard shot.
“I was very pleased for the first 60 minutes,” FC New York coach Paul Shaw said. “We played well-we did okay through the first half and even the second half we started very well. We scored a good goal, and I am pleased with that. We obviously conceded (two) straight after that. That is disappointing. I can’t fool the players. We’ve worked so hard. We kept the ball OK at times, but if you concede the goal five minutes after they score it is going to become tough for you. We have to move on though.”
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