Red Bulls Survive SKC Scare

New York relies on important substitute to win the match
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, August 05, 2013

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

It was another tough task for the New York Red Bulls after a fantastic finish at Red Bull Arena last week, as they had to go over to Sporting Park in Kansas City to take on the Eastern Conference leaders in Sporting Kansas City.

And New York did so without an injured Tim Cahill, who is on the shelf for 3-4 weeks with a torn PCL.

They had a another great gameplan as they took a pounding by KC and when they went on the counter, it was successful, and they were able to convert for the full 3 points with a 3-2 win.

Lloyd Sam dominates

Sam has been coming off the bench for the last several matches and has been brilliant being involved with the attack and bringing the ball up the field. He played a fantastic ball to Fabian Espindola, who got the lead back, as many were looking for the offside flag.

On the 2nd goal that gave RBNY a 2-goal cushion, Sam got to the top of the area, faked out the defender and powered his shot past SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen for his 2nd goal in the season, his 3rd in all competitions. Sadly, though, he was subbed out as he picked up a right quad injury.

Steele powers in a goal

There have been some interesting things going on when Jonny Steele was brought over. And when he is fully committed in the match, you can see how the club was correct in signing him.

Sometimes he doesn’t look committed and when that happens, everything becomes a mess. But getting the 1st goal of the match was definitely more Man of Steele like. Dax McCarty pounced on a 50-50 ball and curled it to Steele, who was onside.

Last attempt by Steele was saved by Nielsen, but this time around Steele was able to get the angle he wanted and powered home his 3rd of the season. That goal gave the early lead for the Red Bulls and to be honest, never trailed at all.

Kimura concussed, Petke ejected

It was a disgusting play that knocked out Kosuke Kimura inside 2nd half stoppage time. After Dom Dwyer pulled another goal back, it was a 50-50 challenge that went wrong. Seth Sinovic, who showed no sense of safety. went after the ball, but also stuck out his left elbow and smacked Kimura in the head.

No card was issued, which really got RBNY manager Mike Petke upset. Even when Steele was fouled, there was no whistle and that would push Petke over the top yelling at the 4th official that he was sent off.

So after taking on 2 sides that were top side in both conferences, the Red Bulls knocked off Sporting Kansas City to take top of the East and as they go next week into Columbus without Kimura and Petke. We shall see what they can do to continue an unbeaten streak.

NEXT UP: August 10 – New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew, Crew Stadium, Columbus 7:30 p.m. EST, MSG Network, MLS Live.


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.