Redemption in Red Bulls Victory Over Revs

Thierry Henry scores in New York's dominating win over New England
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, April 22, 2013

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While New England and New York were looking to get 3 points after a bad result, both sides supporters were walking together hand in hand after the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon almost a week ago.

But on this night the real difference was the Red Bulls redeeming themselves from a bad result against Sporting Kansas City 3 days prior, and got the victory as they defeated the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena, 4-1.

And although he got very frustrated against SKC on Wednesday, Dax McCarty found success 4 minutes in the contest with the Revs.

Jonny Steele was near the Revolution area and he crossed the ball to both Tim Cahill & McCarty. Cahill sent the ball to McCarty with a quick knee pass, and he settled the ball and struck it with the right foot to score his second of the season. But as the Red Bulls helped themselves, they also helped the Revolution.

During a free kick for the boys in blue, Chris Tierney delivered a solid cross into the area. It looked originally like A.J. Soares would head the ball in for the goal, but on the replay it appeared as though Brandon Barklage put his head on the ball, and the goal was credited to him as an own goal in the 6th minute to knot the score at 1-1.

Yet Barklage would redeem himself in the 8th minute as he delivered a fantastic ball to Fabian Espindola on a break. It was Markus Holgersson who allowed Barklage to take the cross and Espindola faked out his defender and shot it past New England goalkeeper Bob Shuttleworth to take the 2-1 lead.

The Revolution played hard and continued to fight all match long. They knew their supporters came to see them attempt to score some goals and get a result, but on this night it would be all Red Bulls. And once again it was Thierry Henry who would get that important 3rd goal on the night.

Steele again brought the ball up the field in the 82nd minute, and as he saw Henry to his left, he laid off a great ball as Henry went around his defender and got a hold of it. He looked back twice and then smashed it into the back of the net.

And although New York was close to celebrating the win, the Red Bulls added another goal to make sure the full 3 points had a cherry on top. Andre Akpan subbed in for Espindola after Henry scored, and in the 89th minute he found Eric Alexander on a break. Alexander got to the net, made a cross to Steele and he converted his first of the season.

“I went in there and pretty much sums it up that they’re going to end my life early to be honest with you,” said New York manager Mike Petke. “I mean we do well in the first half to go up and they put a lot of pressure on us the second half. We didn’t deal with it from a build out standpoint particularly well, but defensively we had a very good block, very good unit.”

So now the Red Bulls will be trying to build from this win as they get a full week off and travel north of the border to face Toronto FC.

NEXT UP: April 27 – New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC, BMO Field, Toronto. 2 p.m. EST, MLS Live, TSN, RDS.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
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Ramapo College
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Red Bull NY
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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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