Finally three points have come the Red Bulls way, finally a losing streak that has been a big thorn in their sides has been pulled out and the club can move forward thinking about their next match which will be not to far away in crossing the Hudson & Harlem Rivers to Yankee Stadium in three days. But before the thought of that game will be discussed, let's take a look at how the Red Bulls defeated Real Salt Lake by a goal to nil.
Another early goal that gave the Red Bulls an early lead and stuck by it to get the three points as they converted in the 4th minute on a well worked goal that got started going down the near side. When the initial pass was blocked Bradley Wright-Phillips got the ball and sprung Kemar Lawrence who got the ball and when he was near the area crossed it to Sean Davis who tried to slot it inside the far post, but Mike Grella came in to smack it home for his fourth of the season in the 4th minute.
From that point on the Red Bulls were able to continue to press Real Salt Lake and earn the win in six tries as they broke a four game losing streak and winless in five. They were gifted by two red cards from referee David Gantar as Real Salt Lake finished the match with nine men. Javier Morales who somehow survived not earning a second yellow in their last match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday night on a terrible challenge against Sporting Kansas City was sent off in the 40th minute as the last defender.
With Felipe attacking down the near side of the field Morales hustled back to help his defender and when he slid to tackle the ball away, he got Felipe instead and while Gantar never blew his whistle on the challenge his fourth official Jose Carlos Rivero gave instructions on the headset to blow his whistle and give Morales his walking papers.
Then Real Salt Lake went down to nine men 10 minutes after the 2nd half began as Demar Phillips came in on a hard tackle and brought down Connor Lade, but to be fair the card was not correct, yes it was a hard challenge and yes studs were showing. But that challenge was not a red card at all, but at the end of the night the Red Bulls went home winners.
"I thought that we were on top of the game from the start, getting an early goal always helps." Said Marsch, "Overall I thought we handled the game pretty well. They weren't really ever able to threaten us except for set Pieces, but overall we played well and it's great to stop the bleeding."
When it came to the young guys getting a chance Marsch was als pleased with their play. "Abang showed flashes of some really good stuff like we know he has. He's still a little bit raw so his sense of how to see the line and stay onside, how to not just think about plays for himself but how to make a final pass as well to set the next guy up. But overall I think the two defenders for Salt Lake would say they had a hard time on him. And then Sean (Davis), we played him at attacking mid, left mid, right mid & left back today. So he's very versatile, a very smart player, he's got great qualities and the reason why we can put him in so many spots is because we trust him."
Now the club can rest up and get ready for their next game which will be in the big ballpark in the Bronx, go to see a soccer game inside a baseball stadium will be interesting and we shall see if the Red Bulls can take two straight from the upstarts that claim they represent the city.