Two days after the attacks on the Boston Marathon, the fans at Red Bull Arena unfurled a giant banner — “NEW YORK STANDS WITH BOSTON” — to show their solidarity with their rival city. It was a heartfelt moment mirroring the tributes that have graced Yankee Stadium and elsewhere throughout the country. Unfortunately for the 12,000 fans in attendance, though, they would not leave the stadium with the elation of victory.
In the first midweek match of the 2013 MLS season, Sporting Kansas City came out of the lion’s den of Red Bull Arena with all three points after securing their fifth straight shutout. Holding New York to just three shots on goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting vaulted themselves to the top of the Eastern Conference with their third straight win.
The only goal of the night came less than an quarter-hour into the match. Sporting earned a corner kick in the 13th minute, and Graham Zusi went to the spot to take the kick. As the cross flew into the box, Aurelien Collin fought off the marking of Jamison Olave to rise and meet the ball with his head. Redirecting the pass beyond the arms of Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles, Collin had given Kansas City all the lead they would need.
New York certainly had their chances, none better than Thierry Henry’s in the 64th minute. Collecting a cross from Roy Miller, Henry controlled the ball and had a perfect opportunity to level the score. But the Frenchman struck his shot wide of Nielsen and the far post, and the Red Bulls would fail to create any better chances for its strikers as they continued their pattern of losing every other match so far this season.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY @ NEW YORK RED BULLS
Red Bull Arena
April 17, 2013
- 13′ — SKC/Aurelien Collin (Graham Zusi)
- NY (4-2-3-1): Luis Robles; Roy Miller, Markus Holgersson, Jamison Olave (Heath Pearce/33′), Brandon Barklage; Juninho, Dax McCarty; Tim Cahill (Marius Obekop/77′), Thierry Henry, Eric Alexander (Ruben Bover Izquierdo/66′); Fabian Espindola
- SKC (4-3-3): Jimmy Nielsen; Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers; Benny Feilhaber (Peterson Joseph/70′), Oriol Rosell, Paulo Nagamura; C.J. Sapong, Claudio Bieler (Lawrence Olum/74′), Graham Zusi