Red Bulls All Business Against Houston

Convincing victory puts New York one win away from the Supporters' Shield
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, October 21, 2013

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

Red Bull New York had the week off before finishing this regular season with a major high note. They flew back to Houston to face the Dynamo and you felt that the team in Orange wanted revenge after getting thrashed 4-1 the last time these teams met on Sept. 8.

But to be fair it looked like the Red Bulls wanted to continue their winning ways and once the opening whistle blew, the Red Bulls made sure that they had to make a statement and did so, winning this match 3-0.

Cahill makes history with the first goal of the game

As soon as the Red Bulls started the match, they wanted to get on the scoreboard right away. Eight seconds in, Tim Cahill ripped a great ball into the near upper 90 and scored the fastest goal in MLS history.

It was a big moment and the Red Bulls, sending a message that they were taking care of business from the get go and weren’t messing around.

Defense creates offense

On May 26, Jamison Olave was the last defender on the Red Bulls to score a goal as he got a big equalizer against the Columbus Crew to end that match 2-2.

The Ugandan international Ibrahim Sekagya was in perfect position to head in his first MLS Goal. It actually almost mirrored the goal Tim Cahill scored to clinch the playoffs against the New England Revolution.

After McCarty crossed the ball into the middle, it was Tally Hall that knocked it away, but right at Peguy Luyindula as he headed it back towards goal and Sekagya lept up and headed it home.

BWP finally earns his tally

Since coming over in the summer window, there were some questions about how much quality Bradley Wright-Phillips was going to show as it looked like all his options were exhausted in England.

But coming over to play with Thierry Henry gave him a spark, and at the same time, helped give the attack some muscle and flair. He has been giving assists to other teammates, but this time got one of his own.

It was a very bad clearing ball from Ricardo Clark as he shot it directly at his own teammate and it bounced towards the Dynamo net. Quick thinking by Wright-Phillips and he caught Hall napping.

It was great awareness to pounce on the chance that finished the Orange Crush. Part one of winning the Supporters’ Shield has been achieved and now it’s back to Red Bull Arena to finish the task.

NEXT UP: October 27 – Red Bull New York vs. Chicago Fire, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 5 p.m. EST, MLS Live, UniMas, 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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