Three days before the New York Red Bulls face off against the Chicago Fire, the Red Bulls warmed up for Sunday’s match with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Sounders. The home side scored two quick goals in the first half through Erik Friberg and Osvaldo Alonso, both of which came off corner kicks. Dane Richards pulled one back with a fine effort from outside the box before Jan Gunnar Solli’s terrific solo run in the 58th minute resulted in a Zach Scott own goal to pull things level. Again, New York’s downfall would be set pieces as Roger Levesque nodded past Greg Sutton less than ten minutes after the Red Bull’s equalizer. Sutton may have been helpless for Levesque’s first goal, but he played a major part in the final goal of the match as he miscontrolled a simple back pass to gift Levesque his second goal of the night – for which he was clearly excited about judging by his scuba celebration in front of the Sounders’ faithful.
Thierry Henry (suspended), Rafael Marquez (Gold Cup), Tim Ream (Gold Cup), Luke Rodgers (injury) and Juan Agudelo (Gold Cup) were all absent on Thursday night. Only Henry will be available for Sunday’s match against the Fire.
SEA — Erik Friberg 1 (unassisted) 11
SEA — Osvaldo Alonso 2 (unassisted) 12
NY — Dane Richards 3 (Joel Lindpere 3) 31
NY — own goal (Zach Scott) 58
SEA — Roger Levesque 1 (Leo Gonzalez 1) 67
SEA — Roger Levesque 2 (unassisted) 78