Crew tops New York 3-1 in MLS Reserve League

Black & Gold extend lead atop Reserve League East Division

MONTCLAIR, NJ (July 2, 2012) - The New York Red Bulls Reserves fell to the Columbus Crew Reserves, 3-1, on Monday morning at Montclair State University Soccer Park at Pittser Field in Montclair, NJ.

During the first half, the Crew applied pressure to the Red Bulls defense and the first goal came in the 34th minute. An open Jairo Arrieta dribbled into the box, after receiving a layoff from Cole Grossman, and fired a left-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo and found the bottom corner of the net.

The Black & Gold continued its strong start in the second half with another goal in the 59th minute by Olman Vargas. Justin Meram was free on the right side of the field and cut to his left foot, before finding Vargas, who tucked it home to double the Crew’s lead.

But the Red Bulls responded in kind with a goal in the 67th minute off of a free kick by Mehdi Ballouchy. Ballouchy’s in-swinger from the left wing evaded every player, including Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson, and nestled into the net.

Columbus though, added another goal, solidifying its lead to 3-1, in the 77th minute with a Meram header off a cross from the left wing by Ben Speas. The Red Bulls came close to closing the gap with a one-time shot by Ballouchy in the 81st minute, but the ball zipped just by the right post.
 
The Crew (5-2-0, 15 pts.), strengthens its lead atop the Eastern Division of the Reserve League and will face D.C. United on Sunday, July 22, at 10:15 a.m. at the Crew Training Center at Obetz (4153 Alum Creek Dr., Obetz, OH, 43207), while the Red Bulls (1-2-1, 4 pts.) travel to Foxborough, Mass. for a tilt against the New England Revolution on Sunday, July 8 at 9:30 p.m.

New York Red Bulls 1, Columbus Crew 3
July 2, 2012 – MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field – Montclair, NJ
MLS Reserve League

Scoring Summary:
CLB: Jairo Arrieta 1 (Cole Grossman) 34’
CLB: Olman Vargas (Justin Meram) 59’
NY: Mehdi Ballouchy (unassisted) 67’
CLB: Justin Meram 1 (Ben Speas 1, Bernardo Anor 1) 77’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Julian Stahler (Caution) 38’

Columbus Crew: Matt Lampson, Eric Gehrig, Chad Marshall (Connor Klekota* 59’), Kevan George, Bernardo Anor, Cole Grossman, Ethan Finlay, Dilly Duka (Ben Speas 32’), Justin Meram, Olman Vargas (Rhodes Moore* 88’), Jairo Arrieta (Aaron Horton 65’)

Substitute Not Used: Carter Richardson*
 
* - Academy Player

New York Red Bulls: Jeremy Vuolo, Jonathan Borrajo, Stephen Keel, Tyler Ruthven, Sean Sheridan*, Victor Palsson (Michael Mizullo* 65’), Ryan Maduro, Julian Stahler* (Mael Corboz* 46’), Giorgi Chirgadze*, Mehdi Ballouchy, Jhonny Arteaga

Substitute Not Used: Roy Miller

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee's Assistants: Albert Calise, Adam Alfi
4th Official: Bartek Cieslak

* - Guest Player