In ninety minutes of mesmerizing play, the New York Red Bulls gave the faithful fans that came out despite the monsoon conditions, a match worth remembering. The San Jose Earthquakes, the team that singlehandedly crushed Red Bull dreams of bringing the Cup home, in an embarrassing home defeat last year seemed to fall at the hands of a new and rejuvenated team.
The night was one for the books, as both Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry found the back of the net, with the first goal from Rodgers coming in the second minute; the game did not lack any intrigue. In the 15th minute, Rodgers found the net again. And certainly no lack on his part in going after that hat-trick, however as he put it “I was dying to get that third goal, but it just was not meant to be”. Rodgers seemed content post-game as he pedaled the stationery bike, “I am so excited, this was my first full home debut, and it was amazing”. He grinned as he declared that his inbox was overflowing with text messages from England, and stated that he was quite content with his move to MLS; “It is a very physical, fast and strong paced game. Very good standard.”
And this game seemed to bring Henry just what he needed, a goal in the 87th minute, one that not only Henry wanted, but the fans needed. He wasn’t sure that he would be playing the game, as his Achilles had been giving him a ton of frustration during the week, yet it seems that this was the night for Henry to finally find the net. Henry was seemingly getting aggravated at the fact that he could not score a goal, and stated that “It was more annoying than important, because my goal didn’t really have an effect on the game, but I know the fans, as well as myself wanted it.”
As for the San Jose Earthquakes, they seemed almost off the radar during this game, with the Red Bulls having 10 shots on goal compared to 3 from the Earthquakes. In a similar manner of running circles around Philadelphia last weekend, the Red Bulls did the same with San Jose. The only difference; RBNY found a way through the Earthquake defense, which they could not against the Union. Perhaps revenge for last year, even though Coach Hans Backe stated that the motive was not revenge, I think that some of the players probably had that game in their minds going into it.
Backe was beyond satisfied with the final score, as he said: “This has been our best game yet!” As for Agudelo being benched during the game, Backe stated that he needed a rest as he had been playing hard for the national team since January. Benching Agudelo seemed to work in his favor this time as Rodgers and Henry found chemistry amongst each other. A partnership that we all hope to see grow into the future.
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