Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 9:38:00 PM with No comments
After all the talk about this past offseason with the retirement of Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill leaving for China & the strange dismissal of Mike Petke, the real proof in the pudding would be how the Red Bulls react at home with a new team that didn’t have a superstar or would regress because of that said negative.
From the opening whistle the Red Bulls played strong both defensively and offensively with the ball finding attacking runs and play solid from the backline to the defensive midfielders. But when the biggest question mark is the 27 goal man in Bradley Wright-Phillips pops up to convert, it looks like the answer has come perfectly.
Dax McCarty was in midfield and saw a wide open Wright-Phillips and sent a long ball down the field. The defender tried to take the ball away, but BWP flicked it away and ripped it inside the far post to beat Bill Hamid in the 25th minute for his first of the season.
Lloyd Sam has made it a personal mission to try and get more goals this season and be better on the attack. After converting his first of the season at Kansas City, he earned his second in consecutive games as Felipe tackled the ball away from his man and it went to Wright-Phillips. A quick pass to his right at Sam and with a touch on the ball Sam smacks it short side to beat Hamid for the second time today.
There was a penalty given to DC United late in second half stoppage time as Davy Arnaud looked to have been fouled in the area, but when Chris Pontius took the penalty he skied it wide of the near post and the shutout remained intact for the Red Bulls as they are undefeated in their first two games of their 2015 season.
“I just felt that it was a good performance for our first home game of the season.” Said Head Coach Jesse Marsch, “One of our goals this year was to be strong at home and I felt our guys dictated that today. I thought it was a good result.”
Several changes were made from last game as Roy Miller & Ronald Zubar picked up injuries during training from the last two weeks so coming over to fill in was Matt Miazga as the new center back paring with Damien Perrinelle & at left back was new Jamaican International Kemar Lawrence who did a fantastic job plugging the holes from the injured players.
But one person who wasn’t happy about his team’s performance was DC United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “It’s a bulls---t first half from us. I don’t know what we think we’ve earned or what gives us the right to step on the field in the first half with that type of mentality, but that will change, I know that.”
So after another solid ninety minutes from the Red Bulls and earning their first win of the season, it looks like things might be a little bit better. But as the first two games of the season have been played, there is still plenty of work to do to make sure this chemistry is refined and solid.
Author: Dan Feuerstein