Once again it comes down to the final games of the regular season for the New York Red Bulls to make a push to either make the playoffs or as they showed last year to earn their first Supporters Shield in club history. The lone goal came at the start of the second half as Thierry Henry gets to the right place at the right time.
After Richard Eckersley won the ball and sent a nice pass to Lloyd Sam, he attacked down the near side and then got into the area for a great cross looking for Bradley Wright-Phillips. But Tyler Deric push the ball away into an open area and trailing the rebound was Henry who had enough time and space to clean up the mess and stuff it home inside the far post.
Of course all of us were hoping to see Bradley Wright-Phillips get closer to breaking that goal scoring record and chip away as he has been a terror against the Houston Dynamo scoring 6 goals in four regular season games, sadly he has gone goal-less in two consecutive games for the first time since April. But he had plenty of chances to at least get one as he either nailed the crossbar or the Dynamo defenders at a last gasp prevented him from get the shots into the back of the net.
But sadly the recent talk has been about Tim Cahill coming off the bench or not playing the way he should be playing. It has been a bit of a down year for him scoring two goals and going away on international duty for Australia, but that moment where he just subbed into the game then get ejected. From coming on in the 85th minute till the tackle that sent him off in the 88th minute, Cahill will serve his suspension when he returns from his two friendly games for his country.
But the most important moment for the Red Bulls was earning the full three points and going up in the east standings to fourth place as the Columbus Crew lost to the New England Revolution. A lot of things need to go right for the Red Bulls to possibly advance to a better position to host a first round tie and get out of the Wild Card game.
Hopefully this flair up between Cahill & Petke can get fixed quickly like the flair up between Henry & Petke last year, because as of right now the Red Bulls need their designated players just as much as they need the rest of the squad to make a big playoff run.
Author: Daniel Feuerstein