Richards assisted on the first goal of the match, but his real highlight came in the 70th minute. The native Jamaican received a pass from Mac Kandji on the right side and unleashed a great shot from beyond 25 yards for what would end up the winning goal. Richards scored in a similar way in a friendly earlier this year, but has yet to score in an MLS match this season.
Just like the first match of the New York Challenge Sunday, this match was relatively open through the first 45 minutes. After a solid opening try Jo in the fourth minute, Richards created the first goal of the match in the sixth minute. The Jamaican midfielder burned Wayne Bridge on the right side of the field, and crossed it into a sliding Mac Kandji for the score.
Jo and Emmanuel Adebayor combined multiple times over the first half, but just couldn’t manage to get too many solid shots out of it. Thierry Henry, once again playing just one half for RBNY, had a couple breakaway chances, but nothing really all that threatening.
The second half presented more open play, and Manchester City would equal the match in the 55th minute. Greg Cunningham took off up the left flank, and found Jo just outside the near post. The Brazilian flicked the ball over the goalkeeper at a tough angle for the score.
Following Richards’ score, both RBNY and MCFC had some more chances, but both sides botched sitters in the last 15 minutes. Perhaps none was more surprising than Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely’s miss in the 83rd minute. Adam Johnson got free on the right side, and fed it into Nimely two yards out from goal, but the shot sailed over the crossbar.
The Red Bulls, who played without MLS All-Star Juan Pablo Angel for the second consecutive match, will look to build on Sunday’s success later this week when MLS play resumes. Man City has one more match left in their American tour, and will play Inter Milan in Baltimore next weekend.