Red Bulls’ winless streak reaches 12, tying their league recordBy AP
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Red Bulls’ winless streak reaches 12
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The New York Red Bulls tied their league record with a 12-game winless streak with a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
Jacob Peterson, Pat Noonan, Nick LaBrocca and Mehdi Ballouchy scored for Colorado (7-5-6), which completed a two-game season sweep of New York. Goalkeeper Matt Pickens had his fourth shutout of the year and 15th of his career.
The Red Bulls (2-15-4), a season after reaching the MLS Cup final, lost their fifth straight and have gone 0-10-2 since beating San Jose 4-1 on May 8. They have been outscored 26-7 during the winless streak, which equals the MLS record they set during the 1999 season.
The Rapids grabbed the lead when Peterson beat goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul in the fifth minute. Omar Cummings drew two defenders and found Peterson in front of the crease for his second goal of the year.
Pickens maintained Colorado’s lead with a diving stop of Macoumba Kandji’s low left-footed kick from 30 yards in the 19th minute.
Though Coundoul came out of the crease to smother a breakaway attempt by Cummings in the 32nd minute, the Rapids extended their lead in the 47th minute on Noonan’s first goal of the season off a pass from Pablo Mastroeni. LaBrocca scored an unassisted goal in the 61st minute and Ballouchy had one in the 67th minute.
Colorado lost defender Julien Baudet to a left elbow injury in the 35th minute after colliding with New York’s Sinisa Ubiparipovic.
The Red Bulls played without Ubiparipovic after he received a red card ejection late in the first half.
The Rapids were missing leading scorer Conor Casey, who served a one-game suspension.
Story from: STATS LLC, www.stats.com.