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Rodgers goal salvages New York’s draw with Vancouver after Hassli PK

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Luke Rodgers scored his fifth goal of the season, converting a Jan Gunnar Solli cross to cement the New York Red Bulls' come-from-behind, 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps at Empire Field.

Vancouver opened the scoring in the 24th minute with Eric Hassli's successful penalty kick after Camilo was tripped in the area by Carlos Mendes. It marked the third consecutive game in which the Red Bulls have conceded a penalty.

Rodgers found the equalizer 10 minutes later, though, one-timing Solli's cross from the right.

New York played shorthanded, with Theirry Henry missing the match with a knee injury and Dane Richards and Rafa Marquez already on international Gold Cup duty.

As a result, Juan Agudelo started as a left midfielder, Dwayne De Rosario partnered up top with Rodgers, Solli played right midfield and Mendes and Stephen Keel comprised the right half of the defense.

Hans Backe dug even deeper to his bench by turning to Matt Kassel and Austin da Luz, who both made their MLS debuts as second-half substitutes.

Despite the comeback effort, New York finished the month of May winless, going 0-1-4.

As for Vancouver, which still hasn't won since opening day, the Whitecaps showed no ill-effects after Wednesday's abandonment of its Canadian championship final against Toronto FC. Davide Chiumiento was dangerous for the duration of the game, and he set up Camilo with a back-heel pass that played him into the box for the penalty sequence.


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