Lost and Confused after Loss to Chivas

Red Bulls suffer another bad result in loss to Chivas USA
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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

The worst team in the Western Conference got 3 points handed to them by a Red Bull New York side that always plays down to their competition.

On Sunday, RBNY fell 3-2 to Chivas USA, which continued to play its role as spoiler as the season draws to a close.

For some strange reason, the Red Bulls can’t seem to make mental adjustments against teams that are at the bottom of the standings in either conference, or they assume it’s going to be an easy win when the worst side is ready to play than you are.

Great equalizer, bad penalty

While you have to say that Chivas USA is one of the worst teams in the league both in the ownership and the roster, you have to understand that there is some quality to score a goal.

But as the Red Bulls did go down a goal, they quickly got even in the next minute when Tim Cahill equalized with his bread and butter. He headed it off the inside of the far post and the whole ball did cross the line.

Not long after, New York’s Ibrahim Sekagya was marking Erick Torres and allowed him inside the NY box.

As Torres tried to play the ball, he got the right arm and shoulder of Sekagya and quickly fell down and Kevin Stott called for the penalty. Whether or not it looked like a flop the truth is that Sekagya shouldn’t have put himself into that position and Torres took the lead 2-1 lead before the halftime whistle.

Lost and confused, but no comeback

There were a lot of nervous moments in the midfield for the Red Bulls and unfortunately they got punished for it by Torres again as he found a loose ball.

While there was some good defending from the Red Bulls it wasn’t enough after an initial save by Luis Robles. But the rebound pinballed off a defender and got to Torres who scored to put Chivas up 3-1.

Even if Dax McCarty did pull 1 goal back 5 minutes later, it was frantic final moments towards the end of regulation and inside 2nd half stoppage time that the Red Bulls tried to equalize. Chivas’ Bobby Burling, backing up his goalkeeper, stood at the far post and saved 3 points.

Supporters divided

It was already harped as some of the supporters are yelling for rookie manager Mike Petke to be sacked.

But let's look at the season so far before we cast him out.

After an 8-9 game unbeaten streak, the club went to a 3-game slump with a 3-week league break. Then he had 2 solid wins against Real Salt Lake at home, then a huge win at Sporting Kansas City and once again went on a 3-game winless streak, which led to supporters, once again, screaming for him to be sacked.

I haven’t seen DC United supporters yelling for manager Ben Olsen’s head, nor when Jason Kreis started his coaching career at Real Salt Lake that he should be sent away. But that’s how it goes around here, because if it’s a veteran coach like Hans Backe who got 3 full seasons, he gets the benefit of the doubt.

Even though Petke looked into the camera from Madison Square Garden Network and apologized to the fans admitting they lost to one of the worst teams in the league, you can see this loss really bothered him and sadly when the team did have a poor performance, Backe never looked into that same camera and gave an apology.

If anything Petke is too loyal to Eric Alexander right now and if he is feeling a bit fatigued, then Petke should give Lloyd Sam and recent signing Bradley Wright-Phillips a chance to play out on the wings in the midfield.

Amazingly still in 2nd place

This is where MLS is in a love/hate relationship. When the Red Bulls lost to Chivas USA, the Philadelphia Union never took advantage of it and lost by 4 goals at the New England Revolution.

Parity is big in MLS and right now with 8 games left in the regular season the Red Bulls are still in 2nd in the Eastern Conference, so now is the time to take on and take out DC United this Saturday at home in Red Bull Arena

NEXT UP: August 31 – Red Bull New York vs. DC United, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 8 p.m. EST, NBC Sports Network.

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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