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May 15, 2011 7:37 PM EDT
Red Bull Arena — Harrison, New Jersey
Referee:‬ A. Prus‎
Attendance:‬ 16365‎
 

New York Red Bulls 2-3 Chivas USA: Justin Braun hat trick earns three points for Chivas

After a short rain delay, Braun recorded a hat trick as Chivas USA shocked the Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls on their own pitch.

By David Katz

Ben Zemanski, Dwayne De Rosario; New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA (Getty)
Ben Zemanski, Dwayne De Rosario; New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA (Getty)
On a rainy Sunday night in the New York area, Chivas USA beat the Red Bulls 3-2 at Red Bulls Arena in front of a crowd of 16,365 supporters, which included French basketball player Tony Parker and music producer Swizz Beatz.

A light rain preceded the match, but heavier rain in the area brought lightning that caused a power outage in the arena. The game started 31 minutes late due to the outage, but there was plenty of action after kick off.

First Half

The game started brightly for Chivas, which took the lead after six minutes when Justin Braun tallied his first of three goals on the night. Chivas' Staten Island, N.Y., native Nick LaBrocca sparked a counterattack and sprayed the ball left to Braun, who collected, made space on his fight foot and finished up and over Bouna Condoul from the edge of the box.

Chances came for both teams with LaBrocca for Chivas and New York’s Dewayne DeRosario both narrowly missing. But the equalizer came in the 21st from Thierry Henry. Rafael Marquez picked out the Frenchman in an advanced central position at the top of the box who controlled and fired to the bottom left corner. It was Henry’s fifth goal of the season and Marquez first assist.

Chivas snapped back the lead 10 minutes later, this time Braun from a set piece effort. Heath Peace sent a midrange free kick deep into the New York box, which was knocked down by Ante Jazic and prodded home through the Red Bulls’ keepers legs.

The game was once more equalized from the penalty spot. Henry rolled a teasing pass into the box from an outside position, and Pearce could only wrestle Luke Rodgers down in front of the Chivas net. Dewayne DeRosario converted the first successful penalty this year for the Red Bulls out of three chances so far, lifting it to the top left corner.

The exciting first half came to a close 2-2, with tempers flaring just before the halftime whistle.

Second Half

Chivas took the lead for the third and final time in the match as Braun completed his hat trick. This time New Zealand international Simon Elliott sent in a deep free kick which was headed towards goal by Alejandro Moreno. The shot was clumsily saved and not held by Bouna Coundoul, and Braun was gifted an easy rebound goal.

New York spent the rest of the second half seeking a third equalizer, but could not register. Chivas sat back and weathered the New York attack for the final 35 minutes. Rodgers had an overhead finish disallowed for offside and almost connected with a bouncing cross in the 90th minute, but New York could not crack the determined Chivas Defense.

Juan Agudelo was introduced as a right winger in the 71st minute but had few opportunities to take on defenders. Chivas youngster Chris Coretz came in for Braun in the 69th minute for his MLS debut.

Chivas earned a valuable three points away and New York was left disappointed and pointless. New York travels to Houston for its next match and Chivas goes back to California for an LA derby match.

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New York Red Bulls

23
Bouna Coundoul
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Rafa Márquez
Midfielder
 - 
5
Tim Ream
Defender
 - 
7
R. Miller
Defender
89′
 - 
-
Jan Gunnar Solli
Midfielder
 - 
28
Teemu Tainio
Midfielder
71′
 - 
14
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
35′
 - 
-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
 - 
-
Dane Richards
Midfielder
71′
 - 
19
Luke Rodgers
Striker
 - 
14
Thierry Henry
Striker
21′ 63′
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Chivas USA

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1
Dan Kennedy
Goalkeeper
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44
 - 
6
Ante Jazic
Defender
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19
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-
 - 
7
Simon Elliott
Midfielder
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2
Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder
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13
Michael Lahoud
Midfielder
30′
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14
Ben Zemanski
Midfielder
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15
 - 
17

Substitutes

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Greg Sutton
Goalkeeper
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22
 - 
4
 - 
14
 - 
-
Matt Kassel
Midfielder
 - 
16
J. Agudelo
Striker
71′
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-
 - 

Substitutes

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Zach Thornton
Goalkeeper
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-
M. Umaña
Defender
 - 
8
M. Trujillo
Defender
30′
 - 
19
G. Mayén
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
27
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Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1