Red Bulls Clinch the Supporters’ Shield

A five goal night finally clinches New York’s first title ever
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, October 28, 2013

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

It all came down to the final game of the 2013 regular season as the New York Red Bulls were finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Knowing the Supporters’ Shield was within their grasp, they took a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Fire to secure the hardware and make history.

After an early Mike Magee goal that might have allowed doubt to creep into their minds, RBNY wouldn’t allow that to happen as they fought back and kept a lead.

Henry scores golazo

It was another fantastic goal in the long and fruitful career of the former France international Thierry Henry as he got a nice ball from his countryman in Peguy Luyindula.

Henry brought the ball down with his left foot and after a short bounce, he rocketed it just right and caught Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson off guard as the ball nailed the bottom of the crossbar and inside the back of the net.

A four goal second half explosion

They didn’t want the Chicago Fire to hang around; they wanted to pound the back of the net as many times as they could. New York’s second goal was a mad scramble after a great save by Johnson, but Ibrahim Sekagya found a way to tap it inside the back of the net.

A great strike by Lloyd Sam – faking out his defender and swinging with his left foot to bend that ball around Johnson for the two goal lead – along with added tallies by Eric Alexander and Jonny Steele capped off the evening’s fireworks to lead this club into a solid playoff run.

Luyindula was a sparkplug

What can you say about Peguy as an attacking midfielder? That is his natural position and he does exceptionally well at it. Even though he can play up top as a striker, his playmaking has been exceptional.

Not only did he help set up Henry with the clubs first goal of the match, but he sprung both Sam and Alexander and they were able to get their shots into the back of the net.

Petke proves his worth

The last time a rookie head coach was able to make this type of magic happen, it was Bob Bradley in the 1998 season as he defeated Bruce Arena and DC United to win the MLS Cup.

There were some challenges along the way and they have been well documented, but the truth is that his heart and passion for this club showed and was emulating brightly.

Give Andy Roxburgh credit to allow Petke the opportunity to manage this side into a season that no one foresaw. Many thought there would be some form of revolt and when that opportunity did pop up, it was taken away very quickly.

Now it’s time for this club to rest up and get ready for their first match on the road either in Houston or Montreal.

The MLS next season is about to begin.

NEXT UP: November 2 or 3 – Red Bull New York vs. Houston Dynamo/Montreal Impact. Match details TBD.

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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