Red Bulls Own Impact from Start to Finish

New York dominates Montreal in crucial Eastern Conference tie
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, July 15, 2013

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

After a bad day on the road in Colorado, the New York Red Bulls wanted to get back home and make things right for everyone.

And they did, securing a 4-0 win over the former Eastern Conference leaders.

When the opening whistle blew, the Red Bulls felt it was game on and right from the start they attacked and defended Montreal. New York scored early in the 1st half as an inspired Eric Alexander got the opening goal in the 10th minute.

After accepting a pass from Thierry Henry, Alexander slalomed through 3 Montreal defenders and smashed the ball inside the near post for his 2nd goal of the season. He would try that move again in the 32nd minute, but unfortunately he nailed the crossbar and out.

Meanwhile, Henry has scored 6 goals in 3 games against the Impact with a hat trick in one game and that filthy bicycle kick back in May. About 6 minutes after Alexander scored, Henry knotted his 7th in 4 games against the Québec club.

Fabian Espindola, who was along the far touch line, gave a beautiful cross to a rushing Henry, who never let the ball bounce when it got near him. He just showed the inside of his left foot and tapped it past IMFC goalkeeper Troy Perkins for the early 2-goal lead.

Montreal was looking to get itself on the scoreboard in the 2nd half. It looked that way in the 58th minute when Marco Di Vaio scored a header to pull one back for the Impact, but sadly for him the flag was up for offside and the replay showed he was off by 5 yards.

With that one taken away, the Red Bulls continued to hold on for the clean sheet and got 2 more goals. Henry delivered a corner into the area and Tim Cahill with a diving header in the 63rd minute made it 3-0, while late in the match substitute Lloyd Sam attacked the area in the 87th minute and got taken down for a penalty.

Henry got the ball and handed it to Peguy Luyindula, who has had many chances, but hasn’t converted as well as suffering through a couple of injures. Luyindula went to his right and finally converted his first in MLS, which gave RBNY the 4-0 win.

This was a complete performance from the Red Bulls after a horrible showing at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 9 days ago and it showed on the field.

Now it’s time for a friendly against Ligue 1’s Olympique Lyonnais and then a road trip back to Toronto and face TFC in league action.

NEXT UP: July 16 – New York Red Bulls vs. Olympique Lyonnais, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 8 p.m. EST, MSG.


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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.