Monday, June 1, 2015
Late Dempsey Goal sinks Red Bulls point
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The chirping is already underway. Two consecutive losses and three match winless streak as the Red Bulls got a solid road point in Frisco, a good first half but a poor second against a bottom of the standings team in the Philadelphia Union. So going across the country to face a red hot Seattle Sounders squad was a solid test for them to try to get any form of points possible.
It looked like this match was going to be an even game and to be honest it was a well played match when Lloyd Sam finally got a goal in the 36th minute that was well played and well positioned. After a hand ball was whistled against Brad Evans who did have his right hand out in an un-natural position and outside the area.
Free kick for the Red Bulls and it was Bradley Wright-Phillips who didn't take his kick well, as the ball deflected off the Sounders wall, but Sam who was inside the wall & onside found a way to position himself to get the ball and heads it inside the near post. A solid first half again for the Red Bulls and they break their goalless streak that was over 200 minutes.
But right now their play in the second half is starting to fall apart defensively as the Sounders were able to equalize and then a late winner by US International Clint Dempsey as not just two points were lost, but the full three inside second half stoppage time. Give Marco Pappa plenty of credit as he found a way to twist and turn Right Back Chris Duvall on a one on one situation. When Pappa got inside the area he blasted the ball just over the gloves of Luis Robles and the match was leveled in the 69th minute.
But unfortunately in 2nd half stoppage time the central defenders who rushed after the ball froze when it was crossed in front of the goal and all Dempsey had to do was put a toe on the ball into an open net and the Sounders who were down a goal, got level and won it late. Once again the second half is the downfall of the Red Bulls where they played a fantastic match, but just couldn't find a way to keep a point or all three points.
Right now the level of the freak out meter should be at concerned, because at the moment there is every right to be concerned about the play of the club. Is the quality of the club at a poor level? At the moment it's several ticks below good, clubs are already scouting at what the Red Bulls are doing with their press offense and hopefully Jesse Marsch can start to try and make some adjustment and Ali Curtis can start going to the phones and make some calls about possible loan deals or trials.
One more match left before they take a longer break and return to Red Bull Arena on Tuesday June 16th to face the Atlanta Silverbacks in Round 4 of the 2015 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and then home games against Vancouver, Real Salt Lake & their first trip to Yankee Stadium to face NYCFC for Round 2 for the MLS Battle of New York.