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.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.
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.
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.