Second half melt down dooms Red Bulls in Houston


The situation is getting ugly and now it's getting close to frightful. Another lead at halftime goes down the tubes and this time it was a four goal drubbing in the second half by the Dynamo that were helped by Red Bulls deflections. After a well worked Mike Grella goal that got the Red Bulls a late lead towards the end of the first half, some fans didn't feel confident they would hold it or extended it and they were right.

Oscar Boniek Garcia who subbed into the start of the second half had a gift of a chance in the 59th minute when his shot was deflected off the boot of a defender and sadly caught Luis Robles away from his line and the rotation on the ball slowed up in the air and gently landed inside the net. After Ricardo Clark's first goal was disallowed because he grabbed Dax McCarty's jersey inside the area, he got a second bite of the cherry in the 72nd minute.

Boniek Garcia took a  corner from the far side of the field and crossed it into the NY area and Clark was able to break away from the pack and slipped in behind them to take his shot one time and beating Robles for the two goals to one lead, Will Bruin was able to convert two goals to seal the victory as his tightrope run along the top line of the New York area and shot once again took a deflection and beat Robles far post in the 80th minute and converted on a quick break in second half stoppage time.

The only consolation prize the Red Bulls took into this match was the first MLS goal for Cameroonian Striker Anatole Abang who has been doing a lot better for the USL Bulls converting his chances and working well with Derrick Etienne in the lower levels. But while that's all fine and dandy, at the moment the MLS Bulls are in a three game losing streak and winless in their last four.

Right now Jesse Marsch is in a situation that I believe he needs to fix or if you are looking at Ali Curtis, he needs to hit his phones and hit them hard to find someone who can come in and improve the squad right now because this isn't a bump in the road anymore, it's becoming a hole that is quickly starting to open and while they are getting a week and a half break before their US Open Cup match against the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks facing a two strong Western Conference opponents in the Vancouver Whitecaps & Real Salt Lake will not show them any mercy.

The two questions that pop up is this, are the Red Bulls tiring in the second half from this press offense situation or are their opponents making changes at halftime to adjust and taking advantage of them to win the match. Whatever it is the club needs to figure it out and quickly before June 16th comes around or else they might join NYCFC below the playoff line.
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