Red Bulls Take Supporters’ Shield Lead

Dallas’ own goal helps New York to take the top spot
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, September 23, 2013

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

As the seconds, minutes and hours ticked away before this match up against FC Dallas, Red Bull New York knew that the Montreal Impact lost, Seattle drew with Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake with a devastating loss to San Jose, a win could put the Red Bulls at the top of the points race.

And thanks to an own goal, New York walked away with a 1-0 win over FC Dallas and the lead for the Supporters’ Shield

Coming in was FC Dallas and they were looking to fight their way to the top of the Western Conference standings with a solid win on the road as well, but the team from Big D did something that wasn’t in the script and that was help New York go to the top.

Erick scores the winner, but it was against his side

This match was begging for a goal and early on FC Dallas almost obliged by putting in an own goal for New York early in the 1st half. When a Red Bulls’ chance was crossed by Eric Alexander and as Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez made a save, the rebound hit a defender and settled the inside of the near post, but never completely crossed the goal line.

But late in the 2nd half that deed would be true. Kosuke Kimura went down the far side and crossed a long ball over the FC Dallas area.

Jonny Steele’s own cross went back inside the area and there was no one from New York within the area, just a bunch of FC Dallas road blue. Out of nowhere the ball was put into the back of the net by Alexander and it gave the Red Bulls the lead.

Solid defense and goalkeeping

Since the start of the season there were questions about the backline as well as RBNY goalkeeper Luis Robles, but with Ryan Meara still sidelined at the time there was little choice on who was starting in net.

But since the last 10 games, it was Robles who has played a stellar game in the net and has made several spectacular saves. His positioning has improved as well.

Robles’ backline has had many interchangeable parts at Leftback, rightback and centerback. No matter who gets inserted with its David Carney, Ibrahim Sekagya, Kimura or Roy Miller, the defense has done very well for the Red Bulls and with 4 games left we shall see what can happen.

Wright-Phillips goes down early and out

That was something no one wanted to see. The son of Ian Wright and the brother of Sean Wright-Phillips was ready to pounce on a great ball from Thierry Henry until he felt a tug and went down.

It was ruled that Bradley Wright-Phillips had a strain in his right hamstring and we all saw what happened last year when Henry got one in the match against the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena late April.

When he was brought over in the summer transfer window, no one thought he would work so well with Henry and it showed when he started against DC United 4 games ago. Tough to see him go out with that type of injury and hoping it’s not that serious.

But for the Red Bulls they are now leading the Supporters’ Shield race with 4 matches remaining and we shall see what they will do heading back to the Pacific Northwest and facing the Sounders.

NEXT UP: September 29 – New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders, CenturyLink Field, Seattle. 9 p.m. EST, ESPN.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
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Ramapo College
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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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