Luyindula Starting to Convert Chances

The former French international is starting to heat up for RBNY
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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

Something interesting has happened with Red Bull New York these last 2 games. And while it could be nothing, there are those who believe something good is brewing and fortune might start coming to a player who arrived last year.

When Peguy Luyindula decided to leave Paris-Saint Germain and Ligue 1 to join his friend Thierry Henry at the Red Bulls in the 2013 season, many thought he would be an instant addition to the club and his past play will bring success in the regular season.

But when his number was called to play up top as a striker he wasn’t getting the ball past the keeper. He had many fantastic chances to convert or at least to strike it on frame and sadly he kept missing the net, or the shot wasn’t strong enough by him that it became an easy save.

The only goal he scored last season was the penalty against the Montreal Impact where the Red Bulls scored 4 goals and gave up nothing on July 13. But the big day came from Luyindula as he assisted on 3 goals in the final match of the regular season against the Chicago Fire to earn the Supporters’ Shield in a match in which he moved from striker to attacking midfielder.

After that match Luyindula explained he has always felt that his position was in the midfield because he enjoyed holding the ball and distributing it to his teammates. While that is all well and good, if he can still attack and find a chance to get one on frame it would be a lot better to link up and convert a chance.

So far in 2014 Luyindula in his last 2 games has played well and has become a late game hero as well as adding confidence in his last game. The big match saving draw in second half stoppage time against Chivas USA as he found a seem during a corner kick and headed the ball past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy that brought the crowd rising to their feet.

And this past game in Montreal after Jonny Steele leveled the match at one a piece, Marco Di Vaio gave a free chance for New York to take a run and Luyindula was able to score his second goal of the season and that made him the first multiple goal scorer in the 2014 season for the Red Bulls.

Even though he struck the far post on his penalty chance and it became another draw for the club, there is a sense that the Red Bulls are starting to put things together and hopefully by their next road game they can earn the full 3 points.

But what you are seeing right now could be the start of a run by Luyindula because as many know that in this league, it might take a full season to get comfortable with their new surroundings. The best example that fits this story is Sergio Galvan Rey who only played two seasons as he scored 2 goals in 2004 and broke out with 8 goals in all competitions in 2005.

But now it’s time for Luyindula to continue on with this good feeling and convert on his chances in 2014, if he has a healthy Henry and Tim Cahill in front of him then the attack will be a lot better and very dangerous.

NEXT UP: April 12 – Red Bull New York vs. DC United, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. EST, MLS Live, MSG.


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.