Dan Kennedy was simply wonderful as Chivas USA walked into Red Bull Arena and nearly sprung a 1-0 upset over host New York, only to see Péguy Luyindula score a last-gasp equalizer.
Chivas USA’s marker came on a first-half penalty kick from Erick Torres, and a splendid gaggle of saves from Kennedy had Chivas USA’s first road MLS win since a 4-1 win over Chicago on March 24, 2013 looking secure.
After the tie, the Red Bulls have just three points from their first four games.
Chivas USA’s Thomas McNamara drew a penalty and Torres converted to give the Goats a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Mauro Rosales played a high ball toward McNamara, a second round pick in January’s SuperDraft, that the rookie may not have had a chance to head home. But Richard Eckersley fouled McNamara to the floor, giving Torres the opportunity to finish his fourth goal of the season.
He sent it down the middle and past Luis Robles to ensure the lead.
Chivas USA is now 1-1-2 under new boss Wilmer Cabrera.
New York was denied a 66th minute equalizer when Bradley Wright-Phillips crashed into Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy, knocking the ball into the path of Luyindula. His tap-in was denied due to the foul on Wright-Phillips.
The NYRB forward was a factor in the second half, but Kennedy was even bigger. The Goats goalie made a massive breakaway stop on Wright-Phillips after a Thierry Henry dummy spring him on goal.
Kennedy made another stunning save on a Dax McCarthy blast in the 82nd minute, just tipping the ball over for a corner.
He was incredible, but the win was not to be as New York poured forward well into six minutes of stoppage time. Robles was involved in the late attack as Luyindula’s work off a corner gave New York the tie.