Ex-Villa star Angel chuffed with NYRB reception as Chivas USA force draw

Juan Pablo Angel’s return to Red Bull Arena was well-received by the Colombian striker on Wednesday night.

Juan Pablo Angel’s return to Red Bull Arena was well-received by the Colombian striker on Wednesday night.

The 36-year old Chivas USA striker scored a brilliant goal early in the second half as the Goats forced a 1-1 draw with his former club New York Red Bull, which could very well be Angel’s final trip to the venue.

The Red Bull’s all-time leading scorer was cheered and applauded by the home fans and he admits it was a lovely touch from those he played, and scored, in front of so many times.

“You know that people remember you, it’s because they appreciate what you did for them, for the organization, and for the club,’’ said Angel. “For me, it meant everything.

“I will always be grateful for these supporters, for this club, for giving me the opportunity to express myself for a few years. I feel great. Those memoires will never go away. It was great. And the banner…I wasn’t expecting it. For me it was very emotional.”

Chivas head coach Robin Fraser added: “When I went out and I saw the huge ‘Thank You Juan Pablo’ sign, I thought ‘What an impact he has had on this city.’ And for him to come back here today and score the goal and really I thought played very well, it was fitting. It was a fitting day for him I thought.”

 
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