Red Bulls on a 3-Game Winning Streak

With a hard working performance, Red Bulls defeat TFC
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, September 16, 2013

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

When Red Bull New York faces an opponent that is not in the top end of either conference, the club doesn’t fight that hard against those sides.

But this time around the Red Bulls improved their work ethic and took on Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena and extended their winning streak to 3 games with a 2-0 victory.

Henry celebrates with the post

The game was getting a bit stale as Toronto FC had most of the chances, which weren’t quality opportunities at all. But with Lloyd Sam not available due to a groin injury, it was rookie Michael Bustamante getting his first start.

Bustamante was able to control the ball and passed off to a streaming Dax McCarty, who made his turn and crossed the ball towards the near side where Thierry Henry slid into it and punched it home.

As soon as Henry got up he jogged to the near post and leaned on it, just like he did against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. For Henry 1st time this season, he has scored in consecutive games.

Espindola makes magic

For everything Fabian Espindola did at Real Salt Lake in the past, it was a great move by the club to pick him up. Even though he has struggled in this new system with RBNY manager Mike Petke, he has scored 7 goals in the league and 9 in all competitions.

But for the last few games Espindola has been on the bench while Bradley Wright-Phillips seems to be a better partner up top with Henry. But he finally got on the field and as soon as he was subbed in, the magic finally happened.

A long free kick was placed in the area and cleared, but McCarty was able to head the ball towards goal, but deflected along the end line which bounced and looked to go out.

But Espindola timed the ball bouncing into the air and headed it in an impossible angle, somehow avoiding goalkeeper Joe Bendik and a defender to net the Red Bulls’ 2nd goal.

Kimura gets his bell rung by Osorio

The last time Kosuke Kimura suffered a head injury was on the road at Sporting Kansas City by Seth Sinovic on Aug. 3. This time he got doubled teamed by TFC and he is lucky to walk away from it.

Jonas Elmer tripped up Kimura and the whistle was blown by referee Edvin Jurisevic to give the foul, but the ball was loose and close to Kimura’s head and out of nowhere Jonathan Osorio decided to strike the ball and nail Kimura in his head.

The Red Bulls were furious and McCarty came to his fallen teammate going after Osorio for his rash actions. Osorio surprisingly suffered no punishment.

But after 90 minutes, the Red Bulls jumped back into the top of the east as the Montreal Impact lost at home to the Columbus Crew and they will stay home for their next match.

NEXT UP: September 22 – Red Bull New York vs. FC Dallas, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 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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