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Borman nets Red Bulls draw with Wizards

May 18, 2008 - 2:52 AM EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Danleigh Borman claimed his second goal in eight days as the shorthanded New York Red Bulls leveled the contest in a 1-1 draw with the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday.

The Wizards had taken a first-half lead in the 20th minute as captain Jimmy Conrad tallied and then saw New York midfielder Dave van den Bergh sent off in the 77th minute.

Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio was also ejected from the game, five minutes from time in the wake of his team's goal. While he was happy with his team's comeback, he disputed both ejections by referee Jair Marrufo.

"I'm very disappointed with the decision, I think it was very unfair but that's as far as I will make a comment," Osorio said.

The former Chicago Fire coach said he had not used bad language to match officials and although he did receive a red card, he will automatically be banned for next weekend's home game against his former side.

"The Chicago match is like any other important match and I am disappointed that I won't be with my team on the sideline when we face them next Sunday."

Of van den Bergh's red card, issued after he appeared to throw out an elbow to fend off chasing Kansas City substitute Davy Arnaud, Osorio verbalized what he saw.

"It was a tackle from behind and he just tried to get himself free and it's a red card," Osorio said.

Conrad headed the ball into the net after Carlos Marinelli's corner kick to open the scoring for the Wizards (3-3-2).

New York (3-1-3) had a great chance to equalize in the 29th minute when poor Kansas City defending inside the visitor's six-yard box saw the ball drop onto the head of Jozy Altidore. The talented star guided it back toward the bottom right-hand corner of the Wizards goal only to see midfielder Jack Jewsbury clear off the line.

Osorio made a change at the interval, bringing on Borman, who was last week's opening scorer in the 2-1 win at Los Angeles.

The personnel change certainly gave New York some impetus. A 55th-minute corner from the right by Andrew Boyens to the far post caused plenty of problems for Kansas City, producing a goalmouth scramble in which Sasha Victorine was forced to clear Kevin Goldthwaite's shot off the line.

New York kept pushing for the equalizer, however, and when Hunter Freeman sent in a looping cross from the right in the 63rd minute, captain Juan Pablo Angel sent in a hooked right foot shot from close range that Kevin Hartman instinctively saved low to his left at the near post.

The New York offensive was dealt a setback nine minutes later when the combative van den Bergh was sent off after appearing to throw his elbow back into chasing defender Arnaud. Marrufo issued a straight red card and Arnaud also received a yellow card in the aftermath of the dismissal.

Yet the Red Bulls were not to be denied and Borman struck for the second time in a week when he turned home a cross that started from the right by Altidore and was helped on by Angel in the 81st minute.

"I think that was a great response, (the) second half," Osorio said. "In the first half, we couldn't get a hold of the game but (they) only had one chance in the whole of the game really. ... Credit to the boys, they've responded very well in the second half."