New York had to fight back twice to earn a point at home after a rare brace from Jeff Larentowicz.
HARRISON, N.J. – Midweek action at Red Bull Arena produced a 2-2 draw for the Red Bulls in front of a crowd of 18,081. Colorado played a 4-5-1 formation, starting Andre Akpan as the lone striker. New York fielded their signature diamond 4-4-2 with key absentees Rafael Marquez and Dane Richards. Carlos Mendes and Medhi Ballouchy filled in for the Red Bulls.
Both teams had difficulty finding their feet for the first twenty minutes, with New York dominating possession, as per usual. But the first goal of the game came after New York’s Roy Miller pushed down Rapids forward Akpan at the edge of the box in the 25th minute.
It appeared that the foul occurred outside of the box, but head referee Jose Carlos Rivero awarded the Colorado side a penalty. Jeff Larentowicz took the penalty left, which was initially parried by NY keeper Greg Sutton, but it bounced right back to the penalty taker, who didn’t miss his second effort.
The Red Bulls responded immediately with an equalizer. A swift attack involving Ballouchy, Joel Lindpere, and DeRosario lead to Thierry Henry’s sixth goal of the season. DeRosario moved into the left side ofthe box and laid it off for the Frenchman to coolly slide into the back of the net in the 28th minute.
The Rapids struck back when Larentowicz laced a free kick through the New York wall, beating Greg Sutton at the 32 minute mark. It was the Rapids midfielder’s third goal of the season, second in four minutes.
The excitement continued in the 34th minute,when Roy Miller bounced a pass for Rodgers to latch onto. He finished with a composed little chip over Colorado’s keeper Matt Pickens. The strike made for four goals in under ten minutes.
The flurry of goals subsided and the clubs finished the half 2-2. Both teams looked strong and organized, and the game was waiting for an equalizer.
The equalizer never came, and both teams failed to produce many real chances in the second half. Rapids right-winger Sanna Nyassi showed good quickness and skill, possessing well in the second half.
Bruising forward Connor Casey was introduced in the 65th minute to apply pressure to the Red Bulls defense, but was not fully effective.
Luke Rodgers forced a good save from Pickens in the 66th minute, nearly chipping for a second.
Tim Ream impressed again in the 77th with a slightly less difficult, but equally important goal line clearance compared to his game saving effort against the Galaxy two weeks ago. Neither side could find the final spark in the final third, and the game ended all square.
Colorado will be happy with a road point in New York in a game in which they must admit they were a bit outplayed. They haven’t lost in their last six matches. New York are experiencing a dip in form, only taking three points from its last three games. New York will travel to Canada to face Vancouver next, and the Rapids will meet Sporting Kansas City.Follow Goal.com on to get the latest soccer news directly. Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best soccer fan community in the world!