Recap: Lindpere's goal thrills RBA

Red Bulls top Fire, earn fresh start to 2010 in style

Despite
a solid 3-1 thrashing of Brazilian club Santos last week to open Red Bull
Arena, the question still remained about which New York team would show up in
Saturday’s season opener.

The
Red Bulls’ 1-0 win over Chicago answered those questions at least for one night,
thanks to a brilliant strike from Joel Lindpere that gave the hosts a feel-good
opening win over their Eastern Conference rivals in front of a raucous crowd for
the new stadium’s official MLS debut.

Lindpere’s
goal in the 40th minute was his second in as many weeks in his first
season with the club, tacked on to a tally in the club’s 3-1 win over Brazilian
side Santos in Red Bull Arena’s exhibition opener on March 20. The Estonian
import one-timed a bouncing ball off the head of Juan Pablo Angel and past Fire
rookie goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, and it held up behind goalkeeper Buona
Condoul and the Red Bulls’ defensive line.

Hans
Backe won the battle over Carlos de los Cobos in the battle of coaching
newcomers, but it didn’t come easily. Brian McBride skipped a bicycle kick off
the post in the 20th minute, and Patrick Nyarko missed a golden
chance in the 83rd minute when he missed a shot wide of the post
from the top of the box with Condoul well out of goal.

Coundoul
made the save of the night midway through the second half on a direct kick from
Fire defender Mike Banner. The Chicago youngster curled a left-footed strike
over the wall and off the hands of the lunging hands of Coundoul, who impressed
a boisterous Red Bull Arena for the second consecutive week.

New
York picked up its fourth consecutive win in a home opener.

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Scoring

NY – Joel Lindpere (1), 40th minute

Misconduct

Lineups

Chicago: Andrew Dykstra, Mike Banner, C.J. Brown, Wilman
Conde, Tim Ward, Peter Lowery, Julio Martinez (Collins John, 53rd), Marco Pappa,
Logan Pause (Baggio Husidic, 60th), Brian McBride (Justin Mapp, 78th), Patrick Nyarko

New York: Bouna Coundoul, Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Mike
Petke, Jeremy Hall, Danleigh Borman (John Wolyniec, 70th), Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Joel
Lindpere, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel, Macoumba Kandji (Tony Tchani, 90th)

Attendance: 24,572