HARRISON NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Jason Hernandez (21) of the San Francisco Earthquakes challenges Juan Agudelo (39) of the New York Red Bulls during the second leg of the of the MLS playoffs at Red Bull Arena on November 4, 2010 in Harrison New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Earthquakes Win, 3-1, Oust Red Bulls From MLS Cup Playoffs

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Angel's Time With Red Bulls Is Done

Juan Pablo Angel, whose contract has now expired, knows his time with the New York Re Bulls is finished.

Early in October, Ángel, who is in the last year of his contract with the club, said he knew “for a fact” that the Red Bulls would not be retaining his services in 2011.

“Life goes on, I will move on,” Ángel said after the match. “I wish everyone here all the best.”

The move to cut ties with the forward comes as the player has struggled in recent months. Since the MLS All-Star game in July, Ángel has scored four goals in the regular season, but just two have come from the run of play. Thursday night’s tally was the first of the playoffs for him.

It was a frustrating night for Ángel, the 80th-minute goal notwithstanding. The striker had two poorly taken free kicks in a match where his overall passing and touch was less than crisp. Even in a playoff game where the Red Bulls had the run of play, goals and quality chances were hard to come by.

“With the number of chances we created, we deserved better,” Ángel said.

At least Angel participated in a dramatic turnaround season for the Red Bulls that saw them go from worst to first in the Eastern Conference.


Earthquakes 3, Red Bulls 1: New York's Season Comes To An End

The season is over for the New York Red Bulls, 3-1 losers to the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS Cup quarterfinals Thursday night at Red Bull Arena. San Jose won the total-goals series, 3-2.

Chris Wondolowski scored the aggregate winner for San Jose, heading in a cross from Bobby Convey.

Late New York substitute Thierry Henry just missed propelling his team to extra time when his header off a corner kick went wide, as the Red Bulls season ended with another playoff disappointment.

San Jose will play the winner of the Columbus Crew-Colorado Rapids series next week.

— The Sports Network contributed to this report

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