Angel Lifts Red Bulls over Fire

Associated Press
Sunday, September 2, 2007; 12:48 AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A second-half goal by Juan Pablo Angel gave the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

Angel's goal in the 75th minute was his 14th of the season and tied him for the league lead.

"His instructions are to score goals," New York coach Bruce Arena said. "Honestly, he's been superb."

New York's win snapped a two-game losing streak and enabled the Red Bulls (11-9-3) to hold onto third place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings, behind New England and D.C. United.

"We played similar games like this earlier in the year and lost," Arena said. "We changed that tonight and that's a plus."

Chicago dropped to 7-10-5 overall, next to last in the conference.

Rookie midfielder Dane Richards stole the ball from Fire defender Diego Gutierrez then slid between two defenders to get the ball to Angel, who blasted a low liner past goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

The goal tied Angel with Luciano Emilio of D.C. United for the league lead. He is now just two shy of the franchise's single-season record, set by Adolfo Valencia with 16 in 2000.

The game was played before 13,219 fans, which was more than 52,000 fewer than their last home game, when 66,237 saw the Red Bulls play David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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