Ahead of Saturday’s game against New England Revolution, the Red Bulls went head to head with Real Salt Lake Feb. 13. While everyone says this is just a journey and not a destination when it comes to this display – one thing was for certain – both teams have lots to prove. And while Real Salt Lake might have leveled up with the acquisition of former LA Galaxy goalkeeper, Josh Saunders, one thing was for certain – 17 year old goalkeeper, Santiago Castano is one to watch.
Early goals from Plata and Grossman were surprises for the young Castano who has stepped in while Ryan Meara recovers from his hip injury that put him out back in August. But the Red Bulls bounced back before halftime with a goal from Olave and later on by Michael Bustamante. Wednesday’s game gives New York improvement for its preseason record to 2-0-1.
The Desert Diamond Cup will be streamed live on www.newyorkredbulls.com at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 17 when the Red Bulls meet against New England Revolution.
RSL: Joao Plata 1 (unassisted) 1’
RSL: Cole Grossman 1 (unassisted) 3’
NY: Jamison Olave 1 (unassisted) 30’
NY: Michael Bustamante 1 (Roy Miller 1) 61’
New York Red Bulls – Santiago Castano, Brandon Barklage (Kosuke Kimura 46’), Markus Holgersson (Tyler Ruthven* 46’), Jamison Olave (Heath Pearce 46’), Connor Lade (Roy Miller 46’), Dax McCarty (Amando Moreno 74’), Tim Cahill (Michael Bustamante* 46’), Lloyd Sam (Eric Alexander 37’), Juninho (Marius Obekop* 46’), Fabian Espindola (Rafhael Domingues* 46’, Josue Martinez 84’), Thierry Henry (Peguy Luyindula* 46’)
Real Salt Lake – Josh Saunders* (Jeff Attinella 46’); Lovel Palmer (Kenny Mansally 62’), Carlos Salcedo (Chris Schuler 62’), Aaron Maund (Kwame Watson-Siriboe 62’), Nickardo Blake* (Tony Beltran 46’); Yordany Alvarez (Kyle Beckerman 62’); Cole Grossman (Sebastian Velasquez 62’), John Stertzer (Khari Stephenson* 62’); David Viana (Ned Grabavoy 62’); Joao Plata (Robbie Findley 62’), Devon Sandoval* (Alvaro Saborio 62’)