Say Goodbye to the RBNY Playoff Jinx

Bradley Wright Phillips and Henry making their chances count in playoff run
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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

For as long as I can remember, Red Bull New York will always find a way to get themselves eliminated once they qualify for the playoffs. The funny thing is that it’s been a running joke when you talk about this club trying to go into a long playoff run. For some reason they continue to shoot themselves in the foot.

Well, once again, that moment happened in the Wild Card knockout game when a pass wasn’t handled properly and Sporting Kansas City took advantage of the gaffe. Dom Dwyer converted a fantastic pass from Benny Feilhaber and gave his side the lead nearly 10 minutes into the second half, which brought dread and doom back to the Red Bull crowd.

But something magical happened and something no one has seen in a long time as the 2014 Golden Boot Winner Bradley Wright-Phillips, along with one of the greatest strikers in the world, Thierry Henry, came together and converted a big goal to bring the crowd’s hopes and dreams back on point. Then that huge miss-hit cross from Ambroise Oyonogo that landed above Wright-Phillips head that deflected towards the far post and in.

Red Bull Arena explode with happiness, excitement and bedlam all at once, something that hasn’t been heard since Juan Pablo Angel converted a last second goal in the 2010 regular season from 40 yards away against the Houston Dynamo.

The excitement and joy from the SKC match slowly died down, since RBNY fans knew they’d be facing the Eastern Conference leaders DC United. Given RBNY had a 72-hour turnover, things didn’t look good for the New York side.

But Red Bulls found ways to earn plenty of chances, converted twice and kept a clean sheet against their long time rivals in the 2-0 win. This has been the biggest weakness of the club since the construction of Red Bull Arena, which has been a fortress for them in the regular season.

For Wright-Phillips he has continued his goal-scoring tear in the playoffs with 3 goals in 2 games. As he has tied the league regular season record in goals, BWP is on another mission as he is 3 goals away from tying the record for most goals in the regular season and playoffs in one calendar year, which is held by Roy Lassiter with 33.

Can this good fortune continue for the Red Bulls in the playoffs and finally defeat DC United now with the away goals rule implemented for the first time in the MLS Cup Playoffs? We shall see and let’s hope for a fantastic finish before we get to the Eastern Conference Finals.

NEXT UP: November 8 — MLS Cup playoffs: Red Bull New York vs. DC United, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 2:30 p.m. NBC.

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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