TUCSON, Ariz. – As the Red Bulls were putting the finishing touches to their CONCACAF Champions League preparations, a New York side with most Red Bulls II and Academy players participated in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup against a Major League Soccer team Wednesday night.
Not surprisingly, the Red Bulls squad dropped a 4-1 decision the Portland Timbers at Kino Complex.
Portland is coached by former MetroStars standout Giovanni Savarese, who will guide his team in regular season action at the Red Bulls’ season opener at Red Bull Arena March 10.
New York began the match with two chances coming in the opening 10 minutes. The best of the two was a Ben Mines strike parried away by goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
Portland responded with two goals within as many minutes as the side found gaps behind the defense for a 2-0 lead. Andy Polo tallied in the 11th minute and Samuel Armenteros found the net two minutes later.
In the 18th minute, goalkeeper Evan Louro kept the deficit at two, stopping a clear chance by Portland’s Armenteros.
After three halftime substitutions, Portland recorded its third goal, scored by Victor Arboleda in the 60th minute.
Ten minutes later, Red Bulls Under-19 Academy player Jordan Bailon crossed a ball from the left wing in front of goal, causing Portland center back centerback Vytas Andriuskevicius to knock the clearance over his keeper’s head for an own goal to make it 3-1.
Portland tacked on a fourth goal by Julio Cascante in the 90th minute, set up by former Cosmos midfielder Andres Flores.
The team will return to Kino for their final match Saturday against an opponent TBD.
The Red Bulls’ MLS squad will meet Olimpia (Honduras) in its CCL Round of 16 first leg in San Jose, Costa Rica Thursday night.
POR – 11′ – Polo
POR – 13′ – Armenteros
POR – 60′ – Orbedo
NY – 70′ – Own goal (Vytas)
POR – 90′ – Cascante (Flores)
New York: Louro (Levene, 45′); De Vera (Bailon, 69′), Ndam, Redding (Ackwei,87′), Duncan; Muprhy (Echevarria, 63′), Tinari (Cordeiro, 30′) (Marin, 84′) ; Stroud (Aguinaga, 69′), Mines (Kutler, 45′); Bonomo (White, 63′), Jones (Terci, 45′)
POR: GK Gleeson (McIntosh, 60), D Valentin, D Cascante, D Tuiloma (Jadama, 51), D Farfan (Vytas, 45), M Flores, M Paredes (Williamson, 70), M Arboleda, M Barmby (Chara, 73), M Polo (Asprilla, 45), F Armenteros (Ebobisse, 60)