Red Bulls Gallop by Reading

New York and manager Mike Petke continue push in the US Open Cup
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Thursday, May 30, 2013

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

Whatever buttons New York Red Bulls manager Mike Petke has pushed to get his side to a 7-game unbeaten streak worked well in MLS play. But last night, he had to face a new danger in a winner take all battle against Reading United A.C.

And the Red Bulls won that battle 2-0 at Red Bull Arena, allowing them to advance to the next round of the US Open Cup.

It was a solid 90 minutes by the boys in red and white. And while NY was without Thierry Henry, Jamison Olave, Luis Robles and Tim Cahill, who is out on Australian national team duty, it was a side mostly of starters and a few young players from the reserves.

But the Bulls showed very well with tons of possession, solid passes and they struck net in the 62nd minute as Dax McCarty made a fabulous cross to a wide open Fabian Espindola, who stabbed at the ball and got it past goalkeeper John McCarthey for the first of the match

Five minutes later, another well-worked ball on a fantastic chip by Lloyd Sam made it 2-0 for New York. Sam gave the ball to Espindola, who returned the favor and Sam attacked the net and put the ball on the top shelf.

The Red Bulls would get the win and moving on to Round 4 where they will take a trip to Harvard University and face the New England Revolution.

While the Red Bulls did prove to be the better side, you can definitely say that Reading United showed to be a dangerous team and defended very well in its end. Every time the Red Bulls possessed the ball and got to the Reading area, these young kids closed down the attacks and Reading's McCarthey made some spectacular saves to keep the Red Bulls off the scoreboard.

There were several counter-attacks that Reading made and some of these big blasts from distance nearly got on frame. But nothing bothered NY goalkeeper Ryan Meara, who finally returned to play goal after a hip injury and played a full 90 minutes.

Meara made 2 spectacular saves after his side converted its goals. A long rip that he got his fingertips to in the 68th minute, and on a corner he made a save that he didn’t know about as he was in great position.

Reading United has nothing to be ashamed about as it played its heart out and showed that it has quality players that could make the move to the next level.

But once again this was the first win in the US Open Cup for Petke as a manager. And so far, he’s kept the Red Bulls well alive inside the tournament.

NEXT UP: New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 7 p.m. EST, MLS Live.


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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.