First Jinx Down, Another One to Go For RBNY

It took 12 years to get a win at Gillette Stadium. Is Toyota Park next?
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Friday, June 13, 2014

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

No matter what happens in sports, no matter which team you root for, there is always going to be a building that has your favorite side’s number. And for too long 2 locations have plagued Red Bull New York.

Those locations — Gillette Stadium of the New England Revolution, and Toyota Park of the Chicago Fire.

This past weekend, RBNY broke one of the curses with a win over New England.

Ever since the construction of Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, the New York Red Bulls have never won a match in 8 years. But RBNY found a way to get a draw in early March this season. On Aug. 10, the Red Bulls will get another crack at the grounds of the Chicago Fire, but maybe something that just happened might help their cause in August of this season.

When the club was known as the NY/NJ MetroStars, the boys were led by the magic of a Mohawk in Clint Mathis and Mark Lisi. After returning from the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and eliminated by Germany in the quarterfinals, Mathis came back to the club and helped earn a 2-0 win against the Revolution on June 29.

By then nobody ever thought this club as Metro or Red Bulls would never see another victory in over 10 years. In fact, it took a full 12 years for this side to earn the full 3 points for the first time at Gillette. There have been regular season games where they had the lead and lost it, had a playoff aggregate lead and lost it in the second leg back in the early 2000s.

Great players like Juan Pablo Angel, Youri Djorkaeff, Tab Ramos, Tony Meola, Jozy Altidore and many others that had their chances to get a win and lost it early or late. But of course the main reason for most of those losses at the Revolution was because of great players like Taylor Twellman, Clint Dempsey, Steve Ralston, Matt Reis, Pat Noonan and others while being coached by a Liverpool legend in Steve Nicol. Those teams were strong enough to win an MLS Cup but sadly fell short as they were able to get a US Open Cup title back in 2007.

But the reason for this victory is so sweet and wonderful was that certain things went in favor for the Red Bulls. First of all the Revolution decided to rip up the grass field that was used for the friendly with Portugal before the World Cup began, so RBNY coach Mike Petke rallied his troops for the match

Second reason is that there was no Thierry Henry or Jamison Olave, as they have refused to play on field turf that’s not the quality of Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. And an injury to Dax McCarty and both Tim Cahill and Roy Miller on World Cup duty with their respective National Teams.

The third reason was that they had Luis Robles making spectacular save after save and keeping his side in the game till Eric Alexander converted on a header with a wide open net in the first half and a blast from Peguy Luyindula in the second half.

Yes, the Revolution were outplaying the Red Bulls as they had a full squad, but when you have a hot keeper like Robles going out there and doing the job with well timed goals the upset was ripe for the pickings.

So as I have already said there is one jinx down and one jinx to go as the Red Bulls have finally conquered the Razor. Now it’s time when we get to August to finally end the jinx at Toyota Park and earn the first 3 points over there.

NEXT UP: June 14 – US Open Cup: Red Bull New York vs. New York Cosmos, Shuart Stadium, Hempstead, New York. 8:30 p.m. EST, USSoccer.com.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
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.
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