Following a busy week for the New York Red Bulls, who made their way from a Montreal loss after their draw against the Galaxy last weekend, the team was happy to be back in Harrison in front of a home crowd. The first Sunday night game for this season brought attendance that far surpassed most expectations, as the weather certainly did not help matters, 16, 365 fans came out to watch the Red Bulls take on Chivas USA.
The game was delayed half an hour due to a power surge in the area, but when the whistle finally blew at around 7:30, the game brought more than expected by most RBNY fans. RBNY has found themselves on an amazing whirlwind; the team seemingly finding their respective spots amongst one another while giving the fans a show worth watching.
The power surge issue was soon outdone as the Chivas scored in the 6th minute, changing the entire game for RBNY. It was Chivas forward, Justin Braun, who would find the net twice more in the 31st and 56th minute, granting him a well deserved hat-trick, while simultaneously leaving the Red Bulls chasing to equalize during the entire match.
Thierry Henry was the first to equalize for RBNY in the 21st minute, while Dwayne De Rosario found the second equalizer in the 35th minute through a penalty kick. It would be De Rosario’s first goal for RBNY, and came to fruition on his 33rd birthday. It was that illusive 3rd goal that could not be found, with a goal from Rodgers disallowed due to being called offside. RBNY found themselves chasing after the ball in vain, as Chivas defense was solid. As Rodgers put it, “Chivas sat there, they didn’t move. They just sat there like a turtle” and that was enough for them to hold onto their lead.
Once again, the question of Rafa Marquez’s corner kicks left nothing to the imagination; fourteen corner kicks were granted to RBNY and none found the back of the net. During the post-game conference, Coach Hans Backe stated that “All the players need to act as one in the box”, and then RBNY should be able to capitalize on these opportunities. As for a replacement player to take corner kicks while Marquez will be away during the summer, while he will be playing for the Mexican National Team, Backe is looking at Teemo Tainio, who as Backe stated; “Tainio is a good distributor, he could be tried.”
Furthermore, Backe stated that the team played “too pretty, too sloppy. Conceding two goals on set plays is just too sloppy.” For Backe, this was the first game of the season where he found himself disappointed, stating that the team reacted too late, especially in the midfield. He vowed to forget this game as soon as possible, and bounce back on Saturday against Houston.
Despite the loss, Thierry Henry praised his team mates on finding Rodgers; “Everybody’s moving, everybody’s working. We find him (Rodgers) a lot in set pieces.” As for the question of corner kicks and Marquez not finding the net, Henry defended him by explaining that “Barcelona doesn’t score a lot off of setpieces. Is it a problem of winning or losing a game? I don’t think so.” I may not agree with his opinion, as I do not see the relevance of comparing MLS to La Liga, when other teams in the MLS seem to benefit from their corner kicks as seen last weekend against the Galaxy. All David Beckham needs is one corner kick, and he finds the net. Those are things to be cautious of if RBNY would like to raise the Cup at the end of the year.
Despite the first homeloss for the Red Bulls, the night was about the 24-year old striker from Chivas USA, Justin Braun who was signed in 2008. He was the top scorer for the Chivas in 2010, notching 9 goals and 3 assists, and after his hat-trick against RBNY, he is well under way to receiving the same title this season.
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