Red Bulls Remain Even With Houston

A tale of two halves gives New York a Draw and down a man
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, November 04, 2013

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

Red Bull New York well aware of what the Houston Dynamo wanted to do against them with those two home losses in the regular season.

They wanted revenge in the worst way.

But while they played a great first half, things started to unravel a bit in the second half, which led to a 2-2 draw between the two sides. Though the result isn’t bad, RBNY’s loss of Jamison Olave to a red card leaves a bruise that may not heal by the second leg.

RBNY’s first half domination

As the opening whistle blew, the Red Bulls were bossing the opening half like a side that came to do work. A lovely ball from Dax McCarty was laid off to Thierry Henry at the far side, and once he got into position, he lofted a lovely cross that went straight for Tim Cahill’s head and inside the near post.

A second goal for the Red Bulls came when they caught the Dynamo napping on the counter, as McCarty sent the ball into midfield towards Cahill, who found Eric Alexander in open space. As he got inside the area it was Alexander faking to his left, cutting to his right and then scoring the second goal inside the near post. It was the same type of goal that Lloyd Sam scored against the Chicago Fire and headed to the locker room with a lead.

Clark takes the gift, Olave is sent off

The Dynamo were looking to have a better start in the second half against the Red Bulls. And while they did look sloppy, the Dynamo took advantage of a bad clearance.

After a cross from the far side came to no one in orange, David Carney tried to clear the ball out of his end. But he shanked it towards Ricardo Clark and he pounced for a great shot past Luis Robles to pull one back and make it 2-1.

But sadly, the Red Bulls would be down to 10 men as Jamison Olave made a very bad tackle from behind on Omar Cummings and while the right leg did get the ball, the left leg barely swung through Cummings and led to a red card. So it would be a nervy finish for the Red Bulls.

Cummings comes through

Four minutes was added on for second half stoppage time and this would mean a magical moment for the Dynamo might happen and it would come in the second minute.

Red Bulls conceded a corner at the far side and when Brad Davis delivered the ball, Robles tried to make a diving save but the ball went off his hands and towards the toes of Cummings who converted the equalizer and ended the match in a 2-2 draw.

At the end of the day I felt a draw was going to be the result for the Red Bulls as winning two straight at BBVA Compass Stadium this season was an amazing feat, but three straight would be very tough.

While it’s tough to see Olave being sent off, RBNY have enough depth and character to come home to Red Bull Arena and try to finish the job this Wednesday.

NEXT UP: November 6 – MLS playoffs: Red Bull New York vs. Houston Dynamo, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 8 p.m. EST, MSG Network, Univision, MLS Live, NBCSN.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
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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