Lloyd Sam tied the game at 1-1 four minutes into second-half stoppage time on Tuesday, but the Red Bulls nonetheless went on to lose, 4-3, in penalty kicks to the visiting Philadelphia Union in the United States Open Cup quarterfinals.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, the Red Bulls’ leader in M.L.S. goals this season with eight, missed the hosts’ first spot kick. Sam later had his attempt saved, while the Union converted four of their five.
Philadelphia’s Eric Ayuk Mbu opened the scoring at Red Bull Arena in the 56th minute of regulation.
A STRONG START FOR STERLING Raheem Sterling, the most expensive English soccer player in history, wasted no time in paying off for Manchester City, scoring just 2 minutes 17 seconds into his debut in a friendly win over Roma at the International Champions Cup in Melbourne.
Sterling, a 20-year-old Jamaica-born Londoner, moved from Liverpool last week in a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $76 million.
“I’m happy with the way he played,” Manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “He demonstrated why he’s here.” (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE)
CHARGE IN BLATTER PRANK Simon Brodkin, the British comedian who on Monday showered FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, with fake dollar bills on Monday, has been charged by the Swiss police after being arrested and interrogated, a police spokesman said. (REUTERS)
JAMAICANS RELISHING UNDERDOG ROLE Forward Michael Seaton said Jamaica advanced to the Concacaf Gold Cup semifinals for the first time since 1998 because the team, known as the Reggae Boyz, enjoyed surprising the doubters.
With the five-time champion United States waiting in Wednesday night’s semifinal, Jamaica Coach Winfried Schaefer is playing up the underdog role once again.
“It feels like David versus Goliath,” Schaefer said Tuesday. “But that’s fine. We will try everything to hit the giant when it counts the most.”
Mexico, which has six Gold Cup titles, will play Panama in Wednesday night’s other semifinal.
United States Coach Jurgen Klinsmann predicted a tight match against Jamaica. That’s no surprise: Other than their 6-0 win over Cuba in the quarterfinals, the Americans have had plenty of tough matches in the Gold Cup so far.
“We certainly have the most respect for Jamaica,” the U.S. midfielder and captain Michael Bradley said. “We know it’s going to be a difficult game. We think everybody on all four teams is sensing a big opportunity here.”
BOLIVIAN OFFICIAL IS JAILED The Bolivian judge Roberto Baldivieso ordered the president of the country’s soccer federation, Carlos Chavez, jailed on charges he diverted funds from a charity match.
Baldivieso sent Chavez, who is also treasurer of the South American Soccer Confederation, to Bolivia’s notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of Santa Cruz. He also ordered the federation’s executive secretary, Alberto Lozado, placed under house arrest in the same case.
Chavez and Lozado are accused of misappropriating some of the more than $400,000 in receipts from a 2013 friendly match between Bolivia and Brazil that were to have benefited the family of a fan, Kevin Beltran, killed by fireworks shot by Brazilian fans at an earlier game. (AP)