W Connection eliminates Red Bulls in CCL
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Andre Toussaint scored twice within 5 minutes of the first half as W Connection FC of Trinidad and Tobago beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 and advanced in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament on Wednesday night.
W Connection moved into the Group D division of the tournament by winning the goal aggregate series 4-3. The teams played to a 2-2 tie last week in Trinidad.
In another matchup, Cruz Azul played a 0-0 draw in Mexico City against Herediano of Costa Rica, but advanced on aggregate after winning the first leg last week 6-2. Cruz Azul lost last season's Champions League final to fellow Mexican club Atlante.
"The object was to advance, and we did most of the work there (in Costa Rica)," Cruz Azul's Christian Riveros said.
The Red Bulls, 0-11-3 in all matches since May 8, took a 1-0 lead when forward John Wolyniec -- starting in place of injured leading scorer Juan Pablo Angel (concussion) -- scored on a perfect give-and-go with Jorge Rojas in the 19th minute. Wolyniec's pretty left-footed goal was his second tally this year.
"We wanted to get the first goal and we did," Wolyniec said. "We felt good after that and thought we were in control. When you miss a chance to put the game away, it gives the other team confidence. As the game went on, they picked up their play and got two goals at the end of the first half.
"We just didn't do a good job in the last five minutes of the first half. It's extreme disappointment, because I felt we did some good things. We were the better team. This is going to be tough to swallow and we'll think about it for a while, probably for the rest of the season."
Toussaint, who scored one goal in five matches before Wednesday, tied it in the 40th minute. Toussaint made a nice run up the left side and his left-footed shot eluded goalkeeper Danny Cepero to the right corner of the net.
Five minutes later, right before halftime, Toussaint alertly stole the ball from Red Bulls defender Kevin Goldthwaite directly in front of the penalty box and fired a low shot past Cepero for the game and series winner.
"Unfortunately, this game pretty much sums up our entire season," Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. "We controlled the game for 39 minutes, then took some liberties and allowed a very soft goal. Then, we made another big mistake in our own end and got punished for that."
There were very few scoring opportunities in the second half, with the Red Bulls' Alberto Celades getting the best chance. His shot was stopped by goalkeeper Marvin Phillip in the 63rd minute.
"We didn't get a clear chance in the second half. Good teams know when to kill a game and didn't do it," Osorio said. "We got punished for our mistakes."
The match was played before an announced crowd of 6,549, but far less were in attendance.