MILWAUKEE (July 9, 2011) - Second half goals from Jackson McCracken and Jose Rivera paced Pateadores to a 2-0 victory against New York Red Bulls in the opening game of Group 1 of the U-17/18 division of 2011 Development Academy Finals Week. The victory extended Pateadores unbeaten streak to 10 matches overall and gives them an important three points to open round-robin play.
The match was a mostly even affair throughout, with Pateadores scoring on two of their three shots on goal.
“The second half we showed a little bit more of our quality,” said Pateadores head coach Todd Saldana. “They are a very strong team, and I think we showed a lot of respect to them in the first half. We’ve started slow on the road before, but in the second half we made a commitment to make sure we didn’t’ get scored on and hoped as time went on the goal would come. Obviously in an event like this where you want to get to a final, the first three points and getting off to a good start gives you a lot of confidence the rest of the way.”
Both teams tried to establish an attacking rhythm in the first half but found playing through the midfield difficult going. It took until just past the half-hour mark for the first real goalscoring opportunity when New York Red Bulls midfielder Brandon Allen received a through ball that diced through the backline and drove in one-on-one with goalkeeper Jose Cervantes, who did well to close the angle and deny Allen’s effort.
Just before halftime, Red Bulls got another good look off a short corner. The ball ping-ponged in the box and popped out to Bryan Gallego, who hit a low driven left-footer that skimmed past the near post.
The teams seemed more settled to start the second half, and once again Cervantes was called into duty when he made a diving save in the 50th minute to keep the score level. Red Bulls began to take the initiative, combining through the middle and finding some success isolating Mike Innocenzi on the right flank. They nearly caught a break in the 62nd minute when Innocenzi went down under contact in the penalty area, but referee Ben Trevino immediately signaled for play to continue. Gallego had another good look at goal in the 68th minute, but once again Cervantes showed quick reactions to deny the opportunity.
Pateadores remained patient and got their breakthrough in the 76th minute. McCracken found himself with space 25 yards from goal and decided to have a go, his ambitious drive confusing goalkeeper Jake Wagmeister. The ‘keeper watched dejectedly as the ball deflected off his hands and back into the goal.
The goal added a burst of energy for Pateadores, and as they kept up the pressure the second goal came just four minutes later. Once again a strike from distance undid Red Bulls, this time team captain Rivera unleashing a wicker swerving strike from 30 yards that left Wagmeister little chance.
Pateadores next face Dallas Texans on July 11, while Red Bulls will look to rebound against local rivals Players Development Academy.
- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -
Match: Pateadores vs. New York Red Bulls
Date: July 9, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-17/18 - Group 1
Venue: Marquette University; Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CT
Weather: 86 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Pateadores 0 2 2
New York Red Bulls 0 0 0
PAT - Jackson McCracken 76th minute
PAT - Jose Rivera 80
PAT: 61-Jose Cervantes; 12-Jackson McCracken, 21-Pedro Lugo, 15-Javan Torre, 5-Victor Calderon; 10-Irvin Parra-Anaya, 11-Jeffrey Payeras, 9-Jose Rivera (capt.), 3-Michael Bautista; 2-Maxx Baumann (41-Roberto Escudero, 62), 24-Jose Villareal (28-Casey Macias, 85)
Subs not used: 8-Kevin Avila, 14-Samuel Nicanor, 20-Daniel Theobold, 36-Oscar Sorto, 60-Bryan Hernandez
Head Coach: Todd Saldana
NYRB: 1-Jake Wagmeister, 23-Konrad Plewa, 4-Bryan Gallego, 5-Brandon Adler, 20-Richmond McCarthy; 9-Oscar Gonzalez, 11-Scott Thomsen (17-Keith Francisco, 46), 6-Sean Davis, 7-Mike Innocenzi (16-Clint Caso, 83), 10- Brandon Allen, 12-Christian Johnson
Subs not used:3-Paul Ehrenworth, 14-Ross Tetro, 15- Mark Nicholas, 21-Brandon Alvarado, 24-Bolu Akinyode,
Head coach: Paul O’Donnell
Stats Summary: PAT / NYRB
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 1 / 0
NYRB – Oscar Gonzalez (caution) 26th minute
PAT - Pedro Lugo (caution) 30
Referee: Ben Trevino
Assistant Referee 1: Cedric Adams
Assistant Referee 2: Joshua Brooks
Fourth Official: Carlos Mendez
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Jose Villareal