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Arena gets first victory as Red Bulls coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seeking his first win as coach and

sporting director for the New York Red Bulls, Bruce Arena made the

tough decision to sit starting forward Edson Buddle for Saturday

night's game against Real Salt Lake.

"I figured it would get a little pressure off him," Arena said

about benching Buddle, who has been a major disappointment since

being acquired from Columbus in March, scoring just three goals

this season and going scoreless in eight straight games.

"He had to figure that he wasn't going to be among the first 11

with the way he has been playing and especially after training (on

Friday)," Arena said. "He was fine with the decision."

Buddle responded to the move in a huge way, scoring three goals

after he entered the game at halftime and leading the Red Bulls to

a 6-0 win in the match played at Giants Stadium.

"I was fully aware of what was going on," Buddle said. "I

wasn't producing. I knew I just had to play a role for the team

coming off the bench."

The Red Bulls (6-7-10) had lost two matches and tied one since

Arena, the former coach of U.S. men's national team, was hired July

18. They scored all their goals in the second half and tied a

franchise record for most goals in a match and an MLS record for

most goals in a half.

And it didn't hurt that Real Salt Lake (8-11-6) was playing a

man down after midfielder Jack Stewart was issued a disputed red

card and ejected for pulling down Red Bulls forward John Wolyniec

from behind on a possible breakaway in the eighth minute.

"I thought the call was extremely soft," Real Salt Lake coach

John Ellinger said. "(Wolyniec) cut in front of Stewart and went

down. To have that happen almost nine minutes into the game with 81

minutes to go on the road, yeah, I'd say it changes things a bit."

Real Salt Lake played well for the rest of the first half, but

things began to unravel when Buddle scored in the 54th minute to

give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead.

"The first half was a super effort on our part, but we just had

a really bad reaction after they scored the first goal," said Real

Salt Lake forward and team captain Jason Kreis. "We should not

have had a letdown like that. Sure, we were in a very difficult

position to be in, but we needed a better reaction. That goal broke

us. It just got uglier and uglier."

Buddle scored again in the 61st minute, when he headed in a

crossing pass from Marvell Wynne, then got his third goal in the

72nd minute, when he beat Real Salt Lake goalie Jay Nolly with a

spinning left-footed shot from 10 yards out.

"We were just able to wear them down," Buddle said. "You

always want to get one with the (opposing) team down a man. I never

thought I'd be able to get three."

The lead grew to 4-0 when another reserve, Jordan Cila, scored

his first goal as a Red Bull, finding the net about 30 seconds

after he entered the match. Todd Dunivant then scored in the 79th

minute and Wolyniec added a goal in the 86th minute to close out

the scoring.

Goalie Tony Meola made two saves in posting his 62nd career

shutout, the most in MLS history.

Scoring Summary

  • New York Red Bulls
  • Real Salt Lake