RBNY Back on Track

Cahill magic and Robles penalty save give RBNY 3 points
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, September 02, 2013

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

After going on a 3-game winless streak and getting lucky with their rivals not winning their games either, Red Bull New York knew after a terrible performance at Chivas USA that they needed to get back on track.

And New York did just that with a 2-1 win over DC United.

United is in the bottom of the Eastern Conference as well as in the bottom of the league for the Supporters’ Shield race, but this was one of the oldest rivals in the league since 1996, which made the contest all the more interesting.

Cahill: man of the match, star of the show

This title is actually 2-fold because there were 2 Cahill’s on the field today. Tim Cahill assisted on the 1st goal of the match early on after he was fouled in the area and stayed down.

There was no call from referee Juan Guzman for a penalty, but it did lead to a tally. The goal that Tim Cahill scored once again proved he is one of the top players in the world.

He scored a 2nd goal, too. Jonny Steele was on the near side of the field and was allowed space to attack the DC net. As soon as he saw who was open in the area, Steele delivered a great cross to Tim Cahill and as always used a power header to convert the 2nd goal for New York past Bill Hamid.

The other Cahill who shined tonight was Tim’s son Kyah Cahill, who is trying to become a singer/actor in the business of entertainment. Kyah Cahill sang the National Anthem with his dad behind him and did a fantastic job on national television.

“Honestly I didn’t sleep last night at all,” said Tim Cahill. “For me it’s a special night for my family and he was so relaxed, he is an inspiring artist.”

Sam gets 1st start since June 23

He’s been coming off the bench as a substitute most games as an energy guy, but when he has been able to start, Lloyd Sam shows why he is the speedy winger that the Red Bulls brought over after the trade of Dane Richards to Vancouver last year.

Sam converted early in the 1st half. Scoring his 3rd of the season and 4th in all competitions, Sam had 2 DC defenders on him at the far post. He sent a high cross that hung in the air and hit the inside of the near post, then off of Bill Hamid and the entire ball crossed the goal line. Once again Hamid was terrorized by a high cross that floated towards him and the post, which he allowed to go inside his net like the playoff 1st leg last year.

All game long Sam dominated the right side of the midfield and attacked the DC area. While there were no more goals scored in the match, Sam proved to be a terror in midfield.

Robles comes up big

All throughout the 2nd half the Red Bulls maintained a 1-goal lead. While DC was pressing for a 2nd equalizer, the defense was doing well to prevent it till the referee pointed to the spot.

Ibrahim Sekagya tried to shield off Dwayne De Rosario and when he accidentally got his left arm and hand on DeRosario, Sekagya allowed the ref to call for the penalty and a straight red card to put New York down to 10 men for the rest of the game.

But Robles thwarted De Rosario and dove to his right to keep the 1-goal lead.

After the match ended the Red Bulls finished on the night with a 3-way tie for 1st place in the East, but Montreal still has 2 games in hand.

Fiery argument

As the news was reported on nationally and locally in the New York Tri-State Area, rookie manager Mike Petke and the prolific Thierry Henry had an argument during their training session this past Thursday.

It was loud and emotional. Both men had to be separated and many wondered if it was going to affect the game. Henry was in the 18-man roster for the game, but he started on the bench.

As Henry was subbed in for Tim Cahill, he performed well and was able to take on DC United every time he had the ball and nearly scored.

“He’s an emotionally fiery person which I love about him and I’m an emotionally fiery person,” said Petke. “This happens all over the world everywhere. It’s just news here because it’s the red bulls and it’s Thierry Henry. We immediately cleared the air and he’s onboard 100%.”

NEXT UP: September 8 – Red Bull New York vs. Houston Dynamo, BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas. 5 p.m. EST, 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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