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Harrison, New Jersey

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Our usual parking spot when we go into New York is Harrison, New Jersey. A brand new, 24 hour parking ramp is adjacent to the PATH station, so it's very convenient for us to park there and take the train into the city (not to mention the fact that we don't have to deal with driving into the city or paying for parking there!). Across the street from the PATH station is 'Red Bull Arena'. From the time it was literally a 'skeleton', we had watched this place being built. In 2010, it was finally opened and the New York Red Bulls became it's full time tennant. We were finally able to get to a game here and check the place out on this day.

We left home in the morning, driving to Harrison and parking the car in the ramp there. We took the PATH into the city, and had lunch at Katz's Deli! We even got to sit at 'the table' - the one from 'When Harry Met Sally'! Very cool! After lunch, we went to Abercrombie so Mike could do some school shopping before grabbing the trains back to the game.

We had some good seats on the end for the game, which afforded us a perfect view of the field. The game was 'sold out', so it was extra crowded on the concourse and especially at the concession stands. We're hoping to go back when there is a smaller crowd here to see if the 'experience' is different. With such a new stadium, you would think they would have built it with infrastructure to accomidate it's capacity.

Not interested in fighting traffic, we left in the 80th minute with the Red Bulls losing to the Galaxy 1-0 (the eventual final score of the game). Wanting to grab some dinner before driving home, we tried getting into the Spanish Pavilion there in Harrison but it was full. Our backup was the Don Pepe Restaurant. This was another place we had been wanting to try there in the Newark area, and it was a good choice! The food was very good and plentiful (we took three pretty big doggy bags home!). After dinner, it was back to Binghamton.

HARRISON, N.J. – The Los Angeles Galaxy became just the second club in MLS to walk out of Red Bull Arena with a win as Edson Buddle's league-leading 13th goal proved the difference against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd.

With LA manager Bruce Arena watching from a suite after spending two days in a New Jersey hospital, Buddle's 10th minute strike allowed the Galaxy to extend their lead in the Western Conference to an MLS-best 43 points.

After striking the crossbar in the seventh minute through a Chris Birchall drive, LA would not miss three minutes later.

Galaxy midfielder Juninho won the ball at midfield and played a through pass that split New York central defenders Tim Ream and Carlos Mendes. Buddle raced onto the ball and beat hard charging goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul to put the visitors up 1-0.

After Los Angeles took the early lead, New York would hold the majority of possession but seemed inept at breaking down the Galaxy backline.

The Red Bulls did have a few chances in the first 45 minutes but they came exclusively off set pieces. The best of those came in first-half stoppage time, when a Rafa Márquez free kick from the right side found Juan Pablo Ángel in the box, but the New York striker’s header slammed against the post.

The second half proved equally frustrating for the Red Bulls as the Los Angeles defense held tight and compact. Just a few minutes after the break, Thierry Henry chased down an errant back pass to Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Henry got to the ball first and tried to step around Ricketts but the Los Angeles netminder charged hard and cleared the ball before the Frenchman could make his move.

The Red Bulls had the run of chances in the second half, with the best look coming in the 72nd minute. On a corner kick swung in by Joel Lindpere, Ángel dove to perfectly head the effort, but Ricketts made the diving save. Ream challenged for the rebound but it was blocked off the line.

The Galaxy held tight throughout the second half, their back four conceding space but always clamping down within 30 yards of goal.

LA are now a perfect 13-0-0 when scoring the first goal during the 2010 campaign and hold the best road record in MLS with a 7-2-2 mark away from The Home Depot Center.

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