Red Bulls Go on a Spree

RBNY earns 1st regular season win at Houston with 4-1 victory
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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

Since the training session fight over a week ago between Thierry Henry and Red Bull New York manager Mike Petke, things seemed to be righted for the club and RBNY got a big win over their rivals in DC United.

But once again an injury to Tim Cahill forced Petke to reshuffle the starting XI and, once again, his gut has paid off against the Orange Crush down in Houston, as RBNY cruised to a 4-1 victory. It was another big road win for New York to remain tied in the top of the Eastern Conference with Montreal and Sporting KC

Wright-Phillips, Sam Fit as Starters

While it’s tough to say that Fabian Espindola did try his best to work in Mike Petke’s system and I still think he can do the job, you have to admit that since the inclusion of Bradley Wright-Phillips and starting up top these last 2 matches, he’s been solid.

What a ball he gave to Jonny Steele with his back towards goal in midfield and allowed Steele to convert. Also it looks like he has a good understanding with Henry since his father Ian Wright use to play with him at Arsenal back in England.

For Lloyd Sam, there were many supporters that wanted him to start on the right side of the field and once again he is proving to Petke to remain in the starting lineup.

Not only has he been a headache for opposing clubs, but he has scored in 2 consecutive games and his goal to put the final nail in the coffin was glorious as he pounded the ball past Tally Hall.

Henry has finally scored

The Red Bulls were leveled at 1-1 when the 2nd half got underway and after the whistle blew to start the 2nd half, there was determination in his eyes to put the club ahead again.

Great job by Wright-Phillips to win a high ball with his head and directly at Henry to play it, but there were 2 defenders on him and right away it seemed that he lost possession.

But once again this is Henry. He handled the pressure well and the defenders didn’t bring him down as he got through them and attacked the net. Hall was off his line and Henry slotted it home for his 8th of the season and hung out at the near post.

Big victory

Ever since the original San Jose Earthquakes moved to Houston in 2005 and played their home games at Robertson Stadium on the campus of Houston University, the Red Bulls haven’t won in the regular season.

Their only victory came in the 2nd leg of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2008 playoffs as they scored 3 goals and won the aggregate by a 4-1 decision.

While Houston did lose several players to World Cup Qualifying and or injury, the Red Bulls have had some very bad road games against opponents who haven’t been at the top of the standings.

But this time around the Red Bulls knew what they needed to do and once again with a performance like this, they look like the MLS Cup favorites once again and hopefully this look can stay.

NEXT UP: September 14 – Red Bull New York vs. Toronto FC, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 7 p.m. EST, MLS Live, MSG 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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