New York Red Bulls squander victory over Lyon

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A Yoann Gourcuff equaliser in the 75th minute helped Lyon to a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday night, in a game that was the first of their pre-season tour of America.

Remi Garde's team took the lead in the fourth minute, when an Alexandre Lacazette shot was spilled by Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles, which then trickled over the line.

But the home side responded on the half-hour mark, when Dax McCarty's right-footed effort levelled the scores, before former Charlton and Leeds player Lloyd Sam set up Andre Akpan to send the Red Bulls into the lead in the 61st minute.

Gourcuff, 27, capped off the scoring with a right-footed shot just under 15 minutes later, in just his second game since returning from surgery on his hip.

Garde was impressed with the standard of his team's opponents, and thinks that the MLS is improving.

He told the Washington Post: “It’s quite like a European team. The soccer league is improving to the level where you have European players and American players that show some skills and good abilities. So I think the gap between the two continents is getting smaller.”

His team next face the South Korean team Jeongbuk Hyundai Motors on Saturday, while the Red Bulls will travel to face Toronto on the same day.


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