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  • March 25, 2012
  • • 4:10 PM
  • • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
  • Referee: J. Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 21024
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  • Full time at Red Bull Arena! New York cruises to a 4-1 win thanks to two goals a piece from Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper. Ryan Meara proved strong in goal, though a mistake from Rafa Marquez resulted in a goal for the Rapids.
  • 90' + 3'
    Henry is through, he twists and turns to get some time and spce, but in the end he is denied the hat trick by a fairly easy save from Pickens.
  • 90' + 1'
    GoalKenny Cooper
  • 90'
    Three minutes to be added.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionDane Richards Brandon Barklage
  • 89'
    ...and there's the fourth from New York! Roy Miller makes a great run into the area and squares for Kenny Cooper, who roofs it for his second of the game. The win is in the bag now for the Red Bulls.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionBrian Mullan Andre Akpan
  • 88'
    Richards with a great run down the right side, but Ballouchy can't connect with the cutback.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionJoel Lindpere Mehdi Ballouchy
  • 84'
    The lively Tony Cascio is the next Rapid to line up a shot, but his left-footed effort from the top corner of the area sails just over the bar.
  • 83'
    Another chance for Cummings, but Meara again is first to it. Nervy moments for New York here.
  • 80'
    New York's defense needs to be aware here, as Rapids substitute Quincy Amarikwa has two chances in a minute! First, he catches his marker unaware and sidefoots a shot, but it goes straight at Meara, while he mis-controls his second chance despite having a great look at goal.
  • 77'
    GoalOmar Cummings
  • 77'
    Colorado pulls one back! Omar Cummings catches Rafa Marquez in possession and bursts forward, opting to loft his shot over Meara and into the back of the net.
  • 75'
    Dax McCarty is unable to keep the ball in play as New York continues to look for its fourth goal of the evening.
  • 73'
    Another cross comfortably dealt with by Ryan Meara. The young goalkeeper has proven to be an excellent solution to the Red Bulls' goalkeeping woes up to this point.
  • 69'
    Colorado has struggled to create any real offensive threat, very hard to see them mounting a complete comeback in the final 20 minutes.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionRoss LaBauex Quincy Amarikwa
  • 65'
    SubstitutionW. Thompson Tyrone Marshall
  • 65'
    It continues to be all New York. Cooper and Henry combine well in the Colorado area, but Cooper's heade pass to Henry it the far post is well picked out by Pickens.
  • 60'
    Yellow CardRafa Márquez
  • 58'
    Right on the other end, Omar Cummings sneaks through, but his shot is straight at Meara.
  • 58'
    The floodgates are open now as Richards goes racing through, but his shot is superbly saved at the near post by Matt Pickens.
  • 54'
    GoalThierry Henry
  • 54'
    GOAL NEW YORK! You could see it coming! Henry makes it three after he collects a perfect free kick from Wilman Conde, and scoops it in with his right foot. Clinical from the Frenchman
  • 51'
    Minutes after a penalty shout to Colorado, Henry is through on goal, but can only fire straight at Pickens. The action's picking up here!
  • 49'
    New York has seen nearly all of the ball to start the second half, and Rafa Marquez very nearly picks out Dane Richards with a fine ball, but Pickens controls.
  • 46'
    The second half is underway at Red Bull Arena!
  • Halftime at Red Bull Arena! New York's flying start gave it a 2-0 lead within six minutes, the goals coming from Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper. New York has defended its lead well and Ryan Meara has put in another solid shift in goal so far.
  • 45'
    One minute of added time as both teams look to set the tone going into the break.
  • 42'
    It's a free kick for Colorado and Tony Cascio to take...strikes it just over! Great technique from the rookie, just needed to put it a few inches lower.
  • 40'
    Henry and Lindpere link up on the left side, but the latter cannot get a good cross off and the threat is nullified.
  • 39'
    Boos echo from the crowd as the referee declines to call for a foul on Joel Lindpere near the corner flag in the Colorado half but then calls for a foul on Castrillon seconds later in the middle of the field. The two teams are locked in a stalemate in midfield at the moment.
  • 35'
    Alex Labidou from RBA writes: After getting off to a poor start, Colorado has improved in possession and playing defense. The Red Bulls have to be very careful to not allow the Rapids to start getting shots off.
  • 32'
    Great save from Ryan Meara! The rookie goalkeeper comes up big once more for the Red Bulls as he gets down low to stop Castrillon's header from the set piece. Super reflexes from the recent Fordham grad!
  • 31'
    Yellow CardJan Gunnar Solli
  • 31'
    Perhaps Colorado's biggest attacking threat has been rookie Tony Cascio, one of four rookies to score so far in the 2012 season. His speed and trickery have caused plenty of problems for Dane Richards and Jan Gunnar Solli.
  • 30'
    Alex Labidou from Red Bull Arena writes: After being a target of fans last season, Rafa Marquez has put in a hard working spell in the midfield to start. Some boos have turned into cheers.
  • 29'
    However, the cross falls right into the hands of rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara.
  • 28'
    The Rapids have a dangerous free kick after Richards brought down Cascio on the left side.
  • 25'
    New York has continued to dominate possession here, and the Rapids' occasional forays into the Red Bulls' half have been well snuffed out.
  • 15'
    To statistically show impressive the Red Bulls opening ten minutes were, here are the numbers: The Red Bulls had 50 percent possession to start and had three shots, two on target (the two goals). They won over 60 percent of their duels on the field.
  • 13'
    Colorado has settled the game down since the Red Bulls' electric start. The team is trying to gain confidence by building possession.
  • 10'
    Superb ball movement by the Red Bulls. One touch passes to move up the field. The team earns a corner.
  • 7'
    GoalKenny Cooper
  • 7'
    The stadium appears to be about 70 percent capacity but the fans are loud. They are enjoying this amazing start by the team.
  • 6'
    WOW!!! What a goal by Kenny Cooper!!! Maybe this pairing of him and Henry can work. The fans are enjoying this firery start by the team.
  • 3'
    GoalThierry Henry
  • 3'
    GOOOAL RED BULLS! Just sloppy from Colorado, Ross LaBauex gives it straight to Henry, who takes on Drew Moor and fires home with his left foot.
  • 1'
    The game is underway at Red Bull Arena!
  • New York has entered the field wearing 'Get Well Soon Muamba' t-shirts in tribute to the Bolton midfielder. Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry flew to London to visit Muamba by his bedside after last week's loss at Real Salt Lake.
  • Colorado Rapids starting lineup: Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Zapata; Castrillon, LaBauex, Thompson; Mullan, Cummings, Cascio
  • New York Red Bulls starting lineup: Meara; Solli, Conde, Holgersson, Miller; Richards, Marquez, McCarty, Lindpere; Cooper, Henry
  • Welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the New York Red Bulls' home opener against the Colorado Rapids! New York has lost two straight to open the season, but Colorado has surprisingly started with two straight wins. Will the Red Bulls' misery continue or can they stop the Rapids' cold?