Home Draw Puts Red Bulls Level in the East

New York finds a stalemate against Philadelphia
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

After a tough loss at Columbus, Red Bull New York was looking to bounce back and have a big win at home against a Philadelphia Union side that is a point behind in the Eastern Conference and hasn’t earned a point at Red Bull Arena.

With a sold out crowd ready to see the home side get back on the winning track, the Red Bulls tied a tough Union side 0-0.

Tons of possession, but can’t convert on chances

This was a game for the Red Bulls where they had a lot of possession, but couldn’t crack the scoreboard. Looking at the stats it was 63.3% to New York while Philadelphia had 36.7% and it didn’t help that Philly goalkeeper Zac MacMath had a very good game in net.

The Union allowed the Red Bulls to attack down the flanks, but when they were in the middle of the field, the defenders clogged it up and did a very good job preventing anything dangerous the Red Bulls tried to do.

Robles, defenders had a strong game

Even though the Red Bulls didn’t score a goal, neither did the Union as a brand new backline set up helped out big time to keep a clean sheet of their own. Markus Holgersson moved to rightback so Ugandan international Ibrahim Sekagya can pair up with Jamison Olave.

Roy Miller was solid again as the leftback for the Red Bulls and ever since his melt down in San Jose on March 10, RBNY manager Mike Petke has done a great job getting Miller re-focused and since then has done a great job playing his position.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles didn’t have a lot to do in the goal in the game, but when he has to be ready, he’s done a great job in making the big saves when he is called upon.

It was a great diving save by Robles who went to his right and got a paw on the ball as Sebastian LeToux waited for Antoine Hoppenot to cut in through the defenders and timed it right to be onside. Just one of the rare chances the Union had late in the 2nd half and it was a good job by Robles to make a big save.

Wondolowski’s winner gives Sporting Kansas City a loss

While the Red Bulls were happy with a clean sheet, they weren’t happy with only getting a point at home. Everyone inside the locker room was very disappointed on their performance and on the offensive side of the ball.

But on Sunday night at Buck Shaw Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes did New York a favor as Chris Wondolowski scored in the 2nd half against Sporting Kansas City and the Quakes defeated them.

So as of right now the Red Bulls are tied with Sporting Kansas City for first place in the Eastern Conference as Points Per Game (PPG) is the first tie breaker.

NEXT UP: August 25 – New York Red Bulls vs. Chivas USA, Stub Hub Center, Carson, Calif. 5 p.m. EST, MSG Network, UniMas, MLS Live.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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