Cahill’s Equalizer Keeps Red Bulls Top of the League

Big road point for Red Bulls at tough Seattle
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, September 30, 2013

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

This late Sunday night match up at CenturyLink Field was billed as the big game for the Supporters’ Shield and many thought it would be the Sounders that would be victorious with no Olave, no Henry in the starting XI, but it wasn’t so with Mike Petke’s squad, as a late equalizer brought Red Bull New York to a 1-1 draw.

Holgersson handled the ball, Evans converts the spot kick

It was a fantastic 1st half for the Red Bulls as they had their game plan working to perfection. They challenged the Sounders every chance they had and they defended very well, but a late error cost them the chance to go scoreless at half.

Markus Holgersson was defending Brad Evans in the area and was anticipating a cross to a Sounders attacker until he made a very bad mistake.

As Evans delivered the cross Holgersson’s left hand drew away from his body and an open hand knocked the ball down that gave Seattle a penalty. Brad Evans took the task and converted the penalty for a Sounders lead into halftime.

Cahill comes up big

Give credit to the Red Bulls that they kept their focus all game long and never looked fazed by allowing the 1st goal of the match so late in the first half.

They were attacking hard in the 2nd half and it was clear that eventually they would get a break. After nailing the crossbar and the far post, when would the equalizer come to New York?

Stepping up to the plate was Tim Cahill and after a bit of a scramble inside the Sounders area, it was the Australian bending the ball towards the near post and he splashing it inside the net.

Petke has this side going at the right time

With the point the Red Bulls maintained their lead on the Supporters’ Shield race and for the very 1st time in the club’s history they have a real chance to take a spot in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.

When Mike Petke made his stand against Thierry Henry at their training facility in Hanover, N.J., it showed the rest of the league and pundits that this rookie coach will not take a backseat to anyone.

That includes a legend of football like Henry who has won titles with Arsenal, Barcelona and a World Cup for France back in 1998.

 Since that argument this club is on a 5-game unbeaten streak and of course we can’t forget that 8-game undefeated run that started from April 20th thru June 1st.

With 3 games left in the regular season it feels like they have a real good chance to remain at the top of the league and get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

NEXT UP: October 5 – Red Bull New York vs. New England Revolution, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 7 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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