Red Bulls Fireworks Extinguished at Colorado

New York falls in the 2nd half, gives away chance to jump in standings
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Saturday, July 06, 2013

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

If you thought the Red Bulls were going to build on their home victory against the Houston Dynamo as they traveled to Commerce City, Colorado, to face the Rapids for their annual 4th of July game, well you would be wrong.

It was another bad performance on the road that led to miscommunication and poor attacks, losing 2-0 to the Rapids.

The Rapids got three chances to score the 1st goal of the match as Tim Cahill cleared the corner first, then a rebound shot was aimed at net that was blocked by Markus Holgersson. But that rebound found Sturgis and he roofed the shot into the top of the net and it gave the home side the early 1-0 in the second half.

Then a second goal came for the Rapids as Dax McCarty who got the ball was stripped by Chris Klute at the top of the area. As soon as Klute got into the box, he crossed it to DeShorn Brown and it was converted in the 68th minute. Holgersson was furious at the near side assistant because he felt Brown was in an offside position to score and the flag never went up.

Sadly, no conclusive replay could show if the play was offside, but if you listen to the commentary on the MLS website, you can hear the announcer acting as if the play was offside and then goes crazy when he says the goal has been given.

So with the Montreal Impact earning a point in Toronto and the possibility for the Red Bulls to get a win on the road in Colorado, it all went for nothing trying to leap frog in the Eastern Conference for 1st place.

Defensively, the Red Bulls looked good in the 1st half, but all game long their attack was toothless and their passing was atrocious. Balls were hit too long or too short and didn’t reach player they were supposed to. The Red Bulls didn’t pay attention to the play when a pass came to them and it was easily stripped.

Was it the altitude that made the ball do funny things, or was it poor concentration from the squad? That question has to be asked towards RBNY manager Mike Petke. And at the moment, it is led to believe the answer is going to fall on his shoulders. But there should be some concern right now with this club as the play in midfield hasn’t been spectacular since the 8-game unbeaten streak in Late April till beginning of June.

Are Jonny Steele and Eric Alexander the midfield wingers that will move the club forward into a big playoff run or does the club truly need to find someone in the summer transfer window to create sparkling plays?

If that answer is yes, then it needs to happen quickly as we are going to be in the dog days of the league for the summer as well as the fall.

NEXT UP: July 13 – New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 7 p.m. EST, MLS Live, TSN2, RDS.


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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.