So a new team is coming to the league and playing all their home games at the big ballpark in the Bronx, many pundits felt that with the retirements of Thierry Henry and maybe close by will be Peguy Luyindula and Tim Cahill transferring to China’s first division the Red Bulls were going to poor and not appetizing.
You can throw all of that out the window right now or maybe throw it all into the Hudson River as the New York Red Bulls have continued their ways by putting pressure on their opponents and taking home points. Facing the new Dominic Kinnear San Jose Earthquakes that rely on their speed and guile and after the full 90 minutes the Red Bulls got a 2-0 win on Friday night.
29th minute and the Red Bulls were looking to convert their first goal of the night and it was Sacha Kljestan who finally got on the score sheet with a tally. Felipe gets the ball and runs towards the outside of the area and a quick pass to Bradley Wright-Phillips who looked like he wanted to shoot, but it became a pass towards Kljestan and an easy tap in inside the near post for his first Red Bulls goal and his first goal back in MLS.
The club wanted more and they kept on attacking and attacking till Mike Grella got his chance six minutes later. Lloyd Sam gets the ball from Chris Duvall and brings it up along the far side. He cuts back a bit and beats Clarence Goodson with a solid cross towards the near post as Grella rips it across the face of goal and inside the far post for the two goal lead.
Chris Wondolowski subbed into the game in the 56th minute after his time with the US National Team down in San Antonio, but he didn’t have any solid chances as the Red Bulls played a convincing game, even though they felt that it still wasn’t enough and while they were happy with the result it was the performance they felt was still lacking. “I think a lot of us weren’t happy today with our performance.” Said Sacha Kljestan, “Besides the result we got to improve on a lot of things and me personally it wasn’t my best despite scoring that goal.”
But for Jesse Marsch he thinks the team is on the right path as the club has a great start being undefeated in their first five games. “I think it’s been a good start and we’ve concentrated on staying focused and not being satisfied. Tonight we came out and from the start we created chances, got the 2-0 lead and made sure we weren’t going to give it away.”
As of right now the Red Bulls have leapt over DC United with a one point lead with a game in hand on DC as they will play against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. But while it looks like the team is off to a great start, they know from within themselves it’s still a work in progress and they have plenty of time to fix their issues and continue this good start to the 2015 season.
Author: Daniel Feuerstein