Leading off this week is Yet Another Sign that Things Really May Have Changed in New York: On Saturday, the Red Bulls traveled to arguably the toughest road venue in the league, Seattle’s Qwest Field, and won 1-0, picking up their first away victory since May 10, 2008, and sending the boisterous crowd of 36,066 home disappointed.
Seattle produced a 17-10 advantage in shots, and won a club-record 12 corner kicks, but New York stuck with a defend-and-counter approach for 90 minutes and it paid off. Macoumba Kandji scored the game’s only goal in the 21st minute, Bouna Coundoul made five saves, and RBNY held on for the win that snapped its 27-game regular-season road skid.
Here are the extended highlights:
In Denver, the Chicago Fire twice battled back against the Rapids to earn a 2-2 draw.
New signing Collins John scored his first goal for Chicago, tying the game in the 25th minute after Omar Cummings had opened the scoring for Colorado 12 minutes in. Cummings sent a long, low drive past Fire keeper Andy Dykstra (no relation to bankrupt former major leaguer Nails) for his second goal in two games this year.
Colorado’s Conor Casey scored from the spot just before halftime, and the Fire’s Brian McBride did the same just after the break for the final 2-2 scoreline.
The penalty that McBride buried came after the Fire’s Patrick Nyarko beat new Rapids defender Marvell Wynne —in a matchup of two of the fastest players in the league—along the endline, and Wynne hauled him down.
D.C. United continued its rough start to the 2010 season, getting blanked 2-0 by New England in its home opener.
The Revs Kenny Mansally entered the game in the 68th minute and scored both goals in a late, two-minute burst. He redirected a cross past United keeper Troy Perkins in the 80th minute, then chipped Perkins from 21 yards two minutes later.
The 21-year-old Gambian was named MLS player of the week for his efforts.