New York had to come from a goal and a man down to pick up a draw against Vancouver, with Juan Agudelo notching the equalizer.
Davide Chiumiento scored a nice goal in the 23rd minute to give the visiting side the lead, popping the ball up to himself and hammering it home. The news went from bad to worse for the Red Bulls just before the break when Jan Gunnar Solli was sent off for dragging down Camilo, denying what was a considered goal-scoring opportunity.
Replays suggest the Red Bulls center back Carlos Mendes was in fact the last line of defense, but Camilo looked goalward bound and in the clear. It was certainly a colorful call.
“Of course it was not a red card,” New York coach Hans Backe stated.
But New York clawed back into the match in the second half and Juan Agudelo grabbed an equalizer in the 68th minute when Rafa Marquez lofted a ball into the box. Agudelo ran onto the ball and pounded home the finish to make it 1-1.
The young striker nearly got a second late on to give the Red Bulls an unlikely win, but was denied by Joe Cannon and the match finished level.
“We’re in the business of making the playoffs, none of us are satisfied,” New York midfielder Dax McCarty said after the game.