Harrison, N.J.—On Tuesday night, the New York Red Bulls hosted USL PRO club FC New York for their third-round match of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Playing with mostly reserves, the New York Red Bulls rallied to defeat FC New York 2-1 in front of 2,074 fans. With Tuesday's comeback, the Red Bulls will advance to the quarterfinals of the Open Cup where they'll face the Chicago Fire, who registered a victory over the Rochester Rhinos 1-0.
Meeting for the first time ever, FC New York had every intention of upsetting the favored Red Bulls in Red Bull Arena. Despite the Red Bulls' ball possession and shots-on-goal advantage (4-0), FC New York's goalie, Steve Diaz, kept his teammates in the game with four saves of his own.
In the second half, FC New York's Owen Morrison gave his team a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted goal. For possibly the first time in Red Bull Arena history, the opposing side's supporters temporarily silenced the South Ward's Viking Army when they chanted, "We can't hear you."
Sadly for FC New York and their fans, the celebration ended when Corey Hertzog tied the game for the Red Bulls, as he accepted Juan Agudelo's pass before blasting the ball past Diaz, who up to that point was playing well.
In the 65th minute, rookie John Rooney scored the game-winner for the Red Bulls. Despite FC New York's attempt to tie the match, they were unable to penetrate the ball into the penalty area, and the Red Bulls simply held on.
In a game where the reserves had their opportunities to make the most of their playing time, Marcos Paullo played well the entire evening and displayed some solid ball-handling skills.
With Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup win, the Red Bulls conclude their four-game road trip against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Stanford Stadium on Saturday. Following that game, the Red Bulls will return home for their match versus Toronto FC, Wednesday, July 6th.
Cesar Diaz covers Soccer for LatinoSports.com. He also writes for 5 Points Press and USSoccerPlayers.com; your source for American Soccer news brought to you by members of the U.S. National Team. Easily accessible, you may reach Cesar at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @CoveringSoccer.