New York kicked off their first match of the Emirates Cup Saturday morning against the French club Paris Saint-Germain with a narrow 1-0 victory.
It wasn’t the smoothest of matches for New York, as Paris clearly kept the game in their attacking half and stifled New York’s offense. New York managed 5 attempts and only two of them were on goal, both in the first half – but they only needed one.
In the 27’, a great pass by Juan Agudelo to Joel Lindpere led to New York’s first and only goal of the day. It was the extent of New York’s offense who found themselves without Henry – who was sat in favor of tomorrow’s big match against Arsenal – and Rodgers, who still is out with a foot injury.
New York played well the match, seemingly energized for the first time in ages. The passing game looked solid, despite a few mishaps here and there (an ill-advised heel-pass by Miller into his own penalty box which was quickly intercepted comes to mind). Most importantly, the Red Bulls defense held up behind captain Tim Ream as Marquez sat. New York played a very physical game as well, much more physical than in recent MLS outings.
Of course, it wasn’t all great for the squad, as the team saw Agudelo be subbed out in the 75’ in favor of Corey Hertzog following an injury. Hopefully it is nothing minor and will most likely sit tomorrow in favor of Henry.
With this match under their belts, New York assumes four points in the tournament – three for the victory and one for the goal. They look to take on EPL powerhouse Arsenal tomorrow morning at 11AM ET in the final leg of the Emirates Cup. New York will almost assuredly have Henry and Marquez in tomorrow’s starting XI which should make for some optimism heading into tomorrow’s match.