Red Bulls Recover and Blank the Dynamo

New York returns to Red Bull Arena and earns crucial win
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, July 01, 2013

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

This was a match where the New York Red Bulls wanted to come back and play with a purpose. They knew it was tough climbing back into a match last week down a goal and down a man.

But with Tim Cahill returning from Australian International Duty and Jamison Olave coming back from his one game suspension, the Red Bulls played with confidence and purpose to get the 3 points and climb back into second place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Fabian Espindola scored in the 60th minute against the Dynamo. It was a fantastic ball from Eric Alexander along the near side that played right in front of Espindola, who held his run and then went forward after the ball was struck. He then went 1v1 with Tally Hall and took a shot around the keeper and into the net for the 1-goal lead.

But there was some worry on the field when the Dynamo were looking to get an equalizer and force a draw. But in the 88th minute all those worries went away as Jonny Steele converted for his 2nd goal of the season to put New York up 2-0.

Steele brought the ball up and crossed it to the near side towards Thierry Henry, who missed the ball and made it look like possession was lost. But Kosuke Kimura, who subbed into the second half, saved the ball from crossing the near touch line.

The ball was given back to Henry and as he walked into the middle of the field, he found Steele waiting for a pass and got it at the far side. He went 1v1 with Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall and nailed a rocket into the upper 90 inside the near corner for the dagger.

“A huge result for us in many aspects,” said RBNY manager Mike Petke. “Obviously it puts us in sole possession of second place at this moment. Very important, after last 2 league games which we lost, to get back up to a winning mentality against a solid side. We did create some very good combination play going forward. So overall, obviously we’re very happy.”

If you remember my last article about Baldomero Toledo giving Lloyd Sam a straight red card on a challenge where Danny Cruz was the aggressor on the ball, well we have another situation in this match as well that got Steele a stud to his chin, which needed 5 stitches to close.

Steele was trying to retrieve the ball and made a slide tackle for it but standing on his feet was Kofie Sarkodie. This time around Sarkodie did lift his right boot and accidentally caught Steele in the chin. While Steele was the aggressor on the play, Sarkodie truly made a gaffe not avoiding Steele and kept his studs close to Steele’s face.

Yes it was accidental and yes the correct decision by referee Hilario Grajeda was a yellow card, unlike what Toledo did against Sam in Philadelphia. But Sam has served his 1 match suspension and will join the squad to Colorado for the 4th of July game against the Rapids.

NEXT UP: July 4 – New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo. 9:30 p.m. EST, MLS Live.

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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