For RBNY, Bad Starts Get Cured With Great Endings

How New York keeps responding to poor first starts in the 2014 season
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, August 04, 2014

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

This season has been one of the strangest in the history of Red Bull New York (or the Metrostars for that matter).

For as long as I can remember, I have never seen a side that has been poor starting games as this 2014 edition has.

Of course there were very bad seasons like 1999 and 2009, but with a strong attack and decent midfield, along with great goalkeeping from Luis Robles, RBNY should be in the top 3 of the Eastern Conference — hands down.

Once again, just like at Real Salt Lake and against the New England Revolution, these types of starts are a head scratcher. Even RBNY coach Mike Petke seems to be having some issues getting the team to start things off the right way.

But something switched on inside the locker room as the team was down a goal and down a man against New England. Out of nowhere, there were 2 goals inside the first 18 minutes of the second half. The confidence came out roaring and New England couldn’t handle it.

While this club looks like they might be back on track in the regular season, there will still be some stiff competition at home and on the road. Let’s also not forget that RBNY needs to earn a win in Chicago. And 4 games in the CONCACAF Champions League are coming up at the end of August.

For now, maybe there are changes coming and coming in the right direction as they need some confidence to move forward and start rising to the top 3 standings of the Eastern Conference table.

NEXT UP: August 10 — Red Bull New York vs. Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois. 8 p.m. EST, UDN, TSN, RDS2, KCMI-38.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
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Ramapo College
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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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