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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Red Bulls dominate F.A.S. in Champions League Play

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When the New York Red Bulls finally earned their regular season championship in the Supporters Shield last season, which gave them their CONCACAF Champions League Spot and in the draw grouped them with the Montreal Impact representing Canada and Club Deportivo F.A.S. from El Salvador.
With Montreal already up at the top of the group with six points and already played F.A.S. this was the Red Bulls chance to get their first win in CCL play and to put their opponents into elimination.

The game plan for the Red Bulls was to attack down the flanks and hit the cross to the strikers in the middle of the park, it was drawn to perfection in the 11th minute when Ambroise Oyongo crossed the ball to Tim Cahill as he placed a soft header pass to newly acquired Saer Sene who was all alone and smacks it home for the early lead.

After half time the Red Bulls got their second of the match as Peguy Luyindula found an attacking Lloyd Sam going down the near side and when he collected the ball in the 70th minute, it was a screamer going short side and converting inside the near post for the two goal lead and victory over F.A.S.

This was a dominating performance from the Red Bulls in their first group stage performance since being in their last Champions League action back in the 2009-10 edition when they were runners-up for the 2008 MLS Cup losing to W. Connection in the Qualifying Round with a two goal draw in the first leg down in Trinidad, but losing on aggregate 4-3 at Giants Stadium in the second leg.

But while this was a dominating performance for the club, it was also a bit frustrating as they had plenty of clear cut chances to convert more and make it a route. Tim Cahill had at least four chances to convert and sadly was either stopped by the keeper or the one after Sene converted was called for offside.
It’s not just wins the Red Bulls needed but goal difference is a big plus when they will face the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on September 17th and the next week against F.A.S. down in El Salvador. But so far the first hurdle has been passed and the Red Bulls are off to a good start in International Cup Competition.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein
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