BY ADAM SERRANO
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Frank Rost made his debut for the club, but the German veteran was outshined by his opposing goalkeeper.
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made four saves as Chivas USA and the New York Red Bulls played to a scoreless draw in front of 14,838 at the Home Depot Center.
The Rojiblancos continued their four game unbeaten streak while the Red Bulls continued their slide having only won once in seven matches. Both teams struggled Following the match, head coach Robin Fraser was pleased with the play of Kennedy.
“[Kennedy] was very good again, his confidence continues to grow week after week, he continues to make such crucial plays for us,” said Fraser. “The fact of the matter is that we want to play so well that our goalkeeper isn’t the first player that we talk about, but having said that he has been very good and very solid.”
Kennedy saw his first action in the 25th minute when Joel Lindpere broke through the Rojiblancos defense and forced the goalkeeper to make one of his four saves on the night.While Kennedy shined, Chivas struggled to generate chances as veteran midfielder Teemu Tanio was ble to stop the in-form Nick LaBrocca. The Rojiblancos best opportunity came early in the first half when Jorge Flores broke through the New York defense, but bounced his shot off the cross bar.
As the game wore on, the Rojiblancos seemed to gain more confidence going forward, but were repelled by the stingy New York defense. Rost was nearly tested in the 90th minute when referee Mark Kadlecik awarded the Rojiblancos a penalty for an apparently handball by Red Bulls' Carlos Mendes, but the penalty was waved off after a conference with the linesman. With the penalty waved off, Chivas USA ended the match without registering a single shot on the net of the German debutant. After an understated debut for his new designated player, Red Bulls coach Hans Backe was pleased at the prospects of having the German goalkeeper in net for New York.
"It’s a good start for [Rost] and the back four to have a clean sheet and to have not conceded. We've been giving up very easy goals for the last five, six, seven weeks so it's a good start for the back four,” said Backe.
New York will look to break out of their doldrums next week facing off against both of last year's MLS Cup Finalists. Starting the week against the Rapids on the road before heading home to Red Bull Arena to host surging FC Dallas. Chivas USA will continue its two-game home stand and try to extend their unbeaten streak to six on Saturday against Houston.
For Rost, the burly German goalkeeper it will be a quick return to work, but the veteran goalkeeper believes that it will be a chance for his club to return to form.
"Next week is another game and we've got another match. It's important to save the power and get power for our next match in Denver,” Rost told reporters after the match.