[digg=http://digg.com/soccer/New_York_Red_Bulls_Beat_Santos_FC_3_1_to_Open_Red_Bull_Arena]The New York Red Bulls defeated an experimental Santos FC (of Brazil) 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd yesterday to open the new crown jewel of American soccer stadiums – Red Bull Arena.
Estonian international Joel Lindpere opened the scoring for New York in the 10th with a one-time rebound off his own free kick from just outside the penalty box.
Red Bulls captain Mike Petke doubled the lead in the 43rd minute in a goal-front scramble following a corner kick from Welsh international Carl Robinson.
Jamaican Dane Richards completed the scoring for the hosts on a Mac Kandji assist towards the end of the first half.
Germano got a consolation goal for Santos with in second half stoppage time.
The Red Bulls open league play in their new home against the Chicago Fire on March 27.
Red Bull New York
Bouna Coundoul (Greg Sutton), Mike Petke , Jeremy Hall , Tim Ream, , Roy Miller, Joel Lindpere, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Carl Robinson (Juan Agudelo ), Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji, Ibrahim Salou (John Wolyniec).
Manager: Hans Backe.
Fábio Costa (Rafael), George Lucas, Bruno Aguiar, Luciano Castan (Diego Monar), Alex Sandro (Wesley Santos), Alan Santos (Jefferson), Germano, Breitner (Elivelton) , Zezinho (Crystian) , Giovanni (Marcel), Neymar.
Manager: Dorival Júnior.