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MLS Pre-season: Wizards tie Red Bulls in goal-fest


The New York Red Bulls couldn't find the net in their pre-season debut earlier this week, but it looks like extra finishing drills paid off as they posted a 4-4 tie against the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday in Bradenton.

Claudio Lopez opened the scoring for KC, running ontoa perfect pass from Josh Wolff to make the score 1-0 in the 35th minute. Mike Petke responded for the Red Bulls just three minutes later with a finish off a Jorge Rojas free kick.

Red Bulls speedster Dominic Oduro scored his first goal for New York in the 42nd minute when he raced onto a Dane Richards pass to give RBNY a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Wolff played provider once again in the second half, setting goals by Graham Zusi and Lopez to give the Wizards a 3-2 lead. Haitian national team striker and Red Bulls trialist Lionel St. Preux scored a pair of unassisted goals, one on a forced turnover he converted into a score, the second coming off a rebound.

The Red Bulls looked like they would record their first win of training camp, but Wizards defender finished off a corner kick in the 89th minute to leave the score tied 4-4.

Here were the lineups for the match:

RED BULLS Starting lineup






WIZARDS Starting lineup






Here are the substitions for both teams:

WIZARDS:Boris Pardo (Chris Brown 46); Jonathan Leathers (Chance Myers 75), Jimmy Conrad (Rauwshan McKenzie 60), Matt Besler (Aaron Hohlbein 60), Chance Myers (Matt Marquess 46); Graham Zusi (Nelson Pizarro 60), Lance Watson (Kevin Souter 75), Davy Arnaud (Kurt Morsink 60), Kevin Souter (Michael Kraus 60); Josh Wolff (Abe Thompson 60), Claudio Lopez (Adam Cristman 60)

RED BULLS: Danny Cepero (Jon Conway); Tom Parratt (Gordon Kljestan 46), Mike Petke (Ryan Mirsky 46), Kevin Goldthwaite (Scott Pulgata 46), Jerry Santil (Chris Leitch 46); Dane Richards (Juan Manuel Perez Bernal 46), Jeremy Hall (Juan Pietravallo 46), Jorge Rojas (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46), Saja Leigh (Nico Colaluca 46), Dominic Oduro (David Roth 46); John Wolyniec (Lionel St. Preux 46)

For more details on the match, go to the Red Bulls team blog.

What do you think of the result? Glad to see Petke and Oduro getting on the board? Happy to see Zusi contributing so much early on? Disappointed to see four goals allowed?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. This is still VERY early pre-season guys. These first few weeks are simply for taking a look at everyone (besides working on fitness and team chemistry), with the emphasis very much on trialists and rookies.

    When they move to Argentina, you’ll see some guys cut and the team will begin to take shape more.

    Still. 4 goals for each side. Not great defending.

    – And Angel’s training in NY to prepare his back better for the season


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