Death of the New York Jinx

RBNY’s win over DC United was the first win in five tries in the MLS playoffs
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, November 10, 2014

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

Red Bull New York fans knew the terror, the torture, the negative feelings they’d face when New York faced its most bitter rivals DC United in the MLS Cup playoffs.

After a 2-goal thrashing at Red Bull Arena in the first leg and a huge away goal by Peguy Luyindula with another fantastic cross by Henry, the Red Bulls finally killed off another jinx on their list to cross off as they took home a 3-2 goal aggregate score line and will now take a deserved break before their Eastern Conference Final match up against either the Columbus Crew or the New England Revolution.

Whenever DC United and RBNY faced each other in the opening round, it would always end in a major and loud thud as RBNY always found a way to lose and go home, hanging their heads in shame. It all got started back in the opening season when you saw Giovanni Savarese, Antony DeAvila scoring 2 goals on DC’s 2 goals and the shootout was the only tiebreaker after 90 minutes.

The first captain of the club and now the head coach and General Manager of Sporting Kansas City in Peter Vermes, who was injured on a rainy October night at Giants Stadium, pulled a Willis Reed and limped to the ball to take the winning chance and converted for the first official win of the 3-game series. Sadly the club lost the next 2 at RFK Stadium, and DC United became the first champions of the MLS Cup.

The second meeting in the playoffs came in 2004 as the Metros limped into the playoffs and got thrashed in both games by a score of 2-0 and an aggregate loss of 4-0. It was a tough one to swallow again for the loyal fans of the Metros and you felt that no matter how it could go, it always ended badly.

In 2006 the change from MetroStars to the New York Red Bulls came and it had a solid finish to a decent season to get into the playoffs. Bruce Arena came on late after the World Cup was over for the USA in Germany and Mo Johnston was relieved of his duties. A late goal by Christian Gomez put DC ahead on aggregate and the return leg back at dreary RFK saw the young new talent in Jozy Altidore level the aggregate, but sadly Gomez once again found a way to retake that lead and send New York packing.

Let’s also not forget the Sandy Snow games back in 2012 as MLS was forced to switch the 1st leg home game from Red Bull Arena to RFK and strangely enough a pair of own goals would level the 1st leg score. Of course that lovely phrase of “That’s So Metro” would creep in as Kenny Cooper won a penalty and Bill Hamid who tripped Cooper was shown a red card.

But sadly as Joe Willis was beaten for the score, the penalty was forced to be retaken as both Thierry Henry & Tim Cahill encroached inside the DC area before the shot was taken. On the second chance, Willis made the save and then late in the second half of the second leg it was Nick DeLeon who dealt the final blow. But this time with the away goals rule enforced that type of killer blow was never coming.

NEXT UP: November 23 — MLS Cup playoffs: Red Bull New York vs. New England Revolution, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. TBD, TBD.


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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.