Saturday, September 6, 2014
Red Bulls hold on late to beat Sporting KC
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After a decent performance that was plagued by bad communication between Luis Robles and Ibrahim Sekagya, Mike Petke decided to have a talk with his Captain and some of the players to get things straightened out.
From the start of the match it looked like everyone was on the same page and attacked Sporting KC’s backline with some success and in the 9th minute a fantastic ball from Thierry Henry allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips to attack the area and at the last moment Matt Besler trips him up in the area and the ref calls for the penalty.
After a lot of arguing from the Sporting KC players Wright-Phillips was finally allowed to take the spot kick in the 11th minute and buried it to the inside of the near post for the early one goal lead. For Wright-Phillips this was his 21st goal of the season and he is six away from tying the league record.
The Red Bulls had their way with the defenders all throughout the game and attacked well in the offensive half, in the 52nd minute they would double their advantage with another highlight reel goal from Thierry Henry. Peguy Luyindula attacks the area and gives Lloyd Sam the ball, but the shooting lane was closed down and he worked it to the middle till he finds Henry on the far side.
As Henry took a few steps to his right he rips the ball into the near side upper 90 and beats Andy Gruenebaum for his first career goal against Sporting KC and he enjoyed that touch on the ball. Even though Dom Dwyer pulled on back for Sporting KC two minutes later, this was a game that the Red Bulls needed to have and got it.
Since April 30th of 2011 the Red Bulls finally got a home win after a three game losing streak and looked strong do it. While KC is on a losing streak of their own, you can still see them fighting and playing hard to try and get back into the game, but at the end of the 90 minutes the Red Bulls earn their eighth win of the season.
Now their schedule gets brutal with six games within three weeks facing league opponents and two games on the road at Montreal & Club Deportivo F.A.S. of El Salvador in CONCACAF Champions League group play. Plenty of points on the line domestically and internationally as the juggling act begins for Head Coach Mike Petke, to put in the right players and getting the formula right to stay atop for a playoff position and top of the group.
Author: Daniel Feuerstein