Red Bulls Bounced by Houston

Late goal by Cummings sneaks by Robles
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Thursday, November 07, 2013

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

For the fourth time since Red Bull Arena was built in 2010, the club that was supposed to be the favorites to get to the MLS Cup Final gets knocked out by a Houston Dynamo side that never gets fazed.

Unfortunately for New York fans, that team was Red Bull New York.

A 2-1 second leg loss (4-3 goal aggregate total) allowed the Houston Dynamo to move on to the next round where they will meet their old nemesis in Sporting Kansas City for the Eastern Conference Final.

Wright-Phillips puts New York ahead

Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall has always been a top keeper when the Dynamo are in the playoffs and it was very strange to see him spill a simple cross that was played from the far side of the field.

But who was there to clean up the mess and put the Red Bulls ahead but Wright-Phillips, who was alert and quickly ran to the ball and converted his first playoff goal.

What a roar from the Red Bull Arena faithful as they felt this was finally going to be the breakout game to send them to the next round.

Dynamo’s free shot

Even though the Red Bulls were playing well on the ball and defending it as well, they were concerned for a bad clear and it happened again just like it did at the start of the second half of the first leg.

Ibrahim Sekagya made a solid defensive play to take the ball away and he tried to feather a pass to a teammate and sadly that was the mistake the Dynamo were looking for.

That pass went to a wide open Brad Davis and out of nowhere he equalized the match and the aggregate went to 3-3 into halftime.

A wall and super sub

All match long it would be Hall making some super clutch saves after he made his gaffe in the first half, especially a wicked deflection by Tim Cahill by getting his right foot on the ball as Thierry Henry tried to power his shot towards net.

But as the clock ticked towards first half extra time stoppage time, Omar Cummings struck again, just as he did in the first leg at BBVA Compass Stadium. The ball was crossed from the far side and with both centerbacks on Cummings all he needed was one chance.

At first glance it looked like the whole ball never crossed the goal line and goalkeeper Luis Robles made a super save, but with replay on the monitors it did show that the entire ball did cross the line and the Dynamo would survive another scare.

For the Red Bulls, it’s another disappointment in another failed playoff attempt to get to the next round. You can definitely say the loss of Jamison Olave on that red card never fazed them.

But one thing is for sure: RBNY manager Mike Petke has proven himself as a legit coach of the year candidate. He has a bright future with this club and should be ready for next season.


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.