Dramatic, High Scoring Contest Gives RBNY Win

Red Bull Arena sees a 7-goal thriller between Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, July 29, 2013

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After a terrible and ugly road performance from Red Bull New York up in Toronto last week, the Red Bulls wanted to get back home and get ready for a bounce back effort, which they got with a 4-3 win over Real Salt Lake.

Yet in MLS nothing is easy sometimes, and when it’s a full moon, you get something like this.

Cahill gets scrappy

Yordany Alvarez made an unusual challenge for a loose ball and sadly Tim Cahill got the worst of it, as Alvarez’s studs were turned up and he slid into Cahill’s left leg.

But Cahill would get revenge on RSL as he headed home the 1st goal of the match and his 6th of the season. A free kick about 35 yards away was delivered perfectly from Thierry Henry and Cahill broke from the pack and, unmarked, put his head on the ball and through RSL goalkeeper Jeff Attinella for the opening goal.

Espindola scores on former side

Fabian Espindola, who plays for New York, spent a lot of time with Real Salt Lake since coming to Major League Soccer from Argentina. And it was a great moment when he converted his 5th & 6th goals against his former team.

After Kenny Mansally took down Brandon Barklage with a push in the area, Henry handed Espindola the ball and it was a chip shot right down the middle. Later on, it was Espindola himself who challenged the RSL net and got taken down from behind in the area. Then he converted the 2nd equalizer of the match in the 89th minute.

Saborio took down the Red Bulls

The man known as Alvaro Saborio is a goal machine monster as he single handedly brought Real Salt Lake out of trouble and into a lead. Every time the tough scoring Costa Rican plays the Red Bulls, he always finds a way to get one into the back of the net.

This time he got a hat trick and the last 2 were very pretty. After pulling 1 goal back on a penalty late in the first half, Saborio would convert 2 in 3 minutes. He leveled the score in the 80th minute.

Later in the 82nd minute, Saborio, who was covered by 3 defenders, made a move to his left and out of nowhere he created a shot that was toe poked into the far upper 90 and RBNY goalkeeper Luis Robles had absolutely no chance.

McCarty scores it like Cahill

A crazy night was finished off by a goal that brought the Red Bull Arena roof down.

As Lloyd Sam had the ball down low on the near side, he gave it back to Brandon Barkalge, who decided to send a cross into the RSL area.

Out of nowhere in the 4th minute in second half stoppage time, Dax McCarty came from a defensive position and, with a diving header, got the ball past Attinella and the Red Bulls won it by a final of 4-3.

So after a poor performance at Toronto FC, the Red Bulls came home with a lead at the half, lost it late, but equalized later and within stoppage time snatched 2 points that could’ve been lost into the full 3.

NEXT UP: August 3 – Red Bull New York vs. Sporting KC, Sporting Park, Overland Park. 8 p.m. EST, NBC Sports Network.


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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.