Why RBNY is Cursed at Toyota Park

New York can't seem to break the jinx held over them by the Chicago Fire's home field
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, March 24, 2014

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

In most sports, there is a certain stadium or venue that a team cannot perform well in. A club is cursed or jinxed by that away stadium, plagued to perform poorly.

For Red Bull New York, that stadium has always been Toyota Park.

Since it’s opening on June 11, 2006, RBNY has now officially earned a grand total of 4 points in 11 games, as the red and blue kryptonite – the Chicago Fire – continues to hurt the Red Bulls when they visit the suburbs of Chicago. There have been many players that are Red Bull killers, as well as that strong and tall athletic guy in the net named Sean Johnson.

But somehow there has been those great moments in certain games when the Red Bulls can earn a goal, but for some strange reason can’t get a second or a third because they are over thinking their strategy to pull off a miracle. But no matter how good, bad, fantastic or ugly a season the Chicago Fire will have, circle the home game on the calendar when the Red Bulls visit because they still haven’t earned the full 3 points from Toyota Park.

There have been those games in the past where fans thought they should’ve had their first win at Toyota Park, but a late goal by the Fire would lose 2 points, or a tied game and a late goal would lose it all. One of those moments in the past was on Sept. 15, 2008, with DP’s Juan Pablo Angel for New York and Cuauhtemoc Blanco for Chicago got involved in a 2-2 draw.

Tied at 1-1 after the first half, both sides earned a penalty and while it was Angel who converted his for the lead, Blanco with that long run into the area converted his for the draw. But there was that last game of the regular season at Toyota Park in 2008 that still stings to this day. But somehow they still made the playoffs when DC United lost their final match that allowed New York to open the back door and made that improbable run to the MLS Cup Final against the Columbus Crew.

But for the Red Bulls, there is some good news this season, they will get a second crack at another attempt to steal the full 3 points when they travel back to Toyota Park on Aug. 10 for a Sunday night showdown near Chi-Town.

But until that meeting gets underway all we can discuss is how much better the Red Bulls looked in this past game and the feeling that they were the better side of the pair on the pitch.

NEXT UP: March 30 – Red Bull New York vs. Chivas USA, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 3 p.m. EST, MLS Live.


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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.