What’s With RBNY’s Wild Finishes?

This past weekend's game was just one of many that had a wild finish for the Red Bulls
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, May 12, 2014

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

When you come to Red Bull Arena and expect a solid performance by Red Bull New York, you think that it’s going to be a 1 or 3-goal affair. But when multiple goals continue to tally on the scoreboard it’s going to be a wild and exciting night.

And that’s exactly what happened Saturday.

When you saw 2 hat tricks – 1 by Harrison Shipp of the Chicago Fire and the other by Bradley Wright-Phillips – and multiple tallies from both sides on the field, you couldn’t believe what you were seeing in that game.

Throughout history, the Metro Stars and the Red Bulls have both had games where there have been goals galore that either led to a victory or a draw depending on who needed it more.

This happened last season when Real Salt Lake faced the Red Bulls, who had a lead at halftime, and lost it in the second half. But to level it late and take the win inside second half stoppage time with a Dax McCarty winner.

But there were 2 games back in the days of the MetroStars in 2 consecutive seasons where both results went for them and against them when they played San Jose Earthquakes.

On July 2, in 2003 the Earthquakes came to play against the MetroStars at Giants Stadium where the famous towel snapping in the face of Amado Guevara moment came when in fact Ramiro Corrales got him in the stomach. But while Clint Mathis got the go-ahead goal, it would be second half stoppage time that Landon Donovan stole a point to end the match.

Then on May 8, 2004, the Metro got their revenge and topped the 4-4 draw at Giants Stadium with a 5-5 draw at Spartan Stadium. Tied at 3-3 after the first half and a 2-goal lead into the beginning of the second half for the Quakes got it all started, but a penalty converted and Cornell Glenn with the back heel-flick that beats Pat Onstad for the draw.

But of course we can’t forget the biggest and the best multi-goal game in Major League Soccer when the 2 top Designated Players faced each other back in 2007 as Juan Pablo Angel and David Beckham jousted in what would be a nearly sold out Giants Stadium.

And the match had 2 big assists from Becks to Carlos Pavon’s 2 goals, a Clint Mathis record breaker for most goals in all competitions, and a young Jozy Altidore who converted 2 goals himself. But the man of the night that started and ended the scoring was Juan Pablo Angel, who converted on a free kick through the LA Wall & scored on a rebound that was pushed towards him by Joe Cannon.

I don’t know why or how the Red Bulls get involved with some of these games that they either have a lead or level at halftime. But to be honest these types of games have either been fun, or gave an upset stomach that reaches for the Pepto Bismol.

NEXT UP: May 17 – Red Bull New York vs. Toronto FC, BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario. 4:30 p.m. EST, MLS Live/MSG Network.


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.