Brad Penner of USA Today
After going four and two in that six game stretch for the Red Bulls, thankfully they were able to recharge their batteries and get themselves ready for this big I-95 match up against their other big rivals from Boston in the New England Revolution, but there would be one glaring omission from the game as Jesse Marsch was informed late in the afternoon that he was suspended by the MLS Disciplineary Committee because he was sent off by referee Juan Guzman at Columbus. That vital piece of information was late and the media was informed about two hours before the match began.
So what are the Red Bulls going to do about it? A three goal destruction within the first twelve minutes of the game and it made the New England Revolution look silly and making them look at themselves as their start of the match just fell into pieces. Jay Heaps was screaming all night inside his technical area as it all went horribly wrong for him and his squad.
The first goal of the match came in the 4th minute as Lloyd Sam was allowed to walk towards the end line on the far side and had so much room that he flicked the ball across the area and Bradley Wright-Phillips headed in his first of the night and 7th of the season. In fact that goal was a mirror image of the goal he scored against NYCFC at Red Bull Arena on May 10th.
So after Sam helps on a goal he decides to score one 6 minutes later as he would slot the ball past Bob Shuttleworth with some great passing by Wright-Phillips & Mike Grella to make it 2-0 Red Bulls & then Wright-Phillips would convert his 2nd of the night and eighth of the season in the twelfth minute to make this start special.
What a fantastic pass from Dax McCarty as he quickly served a fantastic ball that put Wright-Phillips into a perfect position inside the Revolution area. He not only beat his defender, but he caught Shuttleworth off his line and as he saw that,Wright-Phillips shot the ball in front of the keeper and inside the far post.
At the moment the depth of the backline is a bit thin, Centerback Karl Ouimette is with Canada, Kemar Lawrence is with Jamaica & Roy Miller is with Costa Rica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, so who do the Red Bulls need to help plug some holes? Why none other than Anthony Wallace who plays right back and he was able to get on the score sheet.
Several months earlier he scored the game winner for the USL Red Bulls 2 side as they were tied at two with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds ad when the 90th minute struck at Red Bull Arena, the Brooklyn native ripped a match winner from the far corner outside of the area at Red Bull Arena and splashed it inside near post for a big match winner.
In the 56th minute McCarty would earn his second assist of the match as he laid off a rebound ball to Wallace and from 25 yards away lashed at it and took a deflection of Jose Goncalves and rolled innocently past Shuttleworth's right side replenishing the three goal lead and for the first time this season, the Red Bulls have scored four goals in one match.
Denis Hamlett who was the interim manager for the night ran the ship as Jesse Marsch was in a suite at Red Bull Arena watching the game helplessly, but after the first fifthteen minutes of the match I think he was able to relax and enjoy the rest of the night. But for Hamlett this was his first win since his time as Head Coach of the Chicago Fire for two seasons from 2008 to 2009.
"I thought our guys came out on the right mindset from the get go, they were aggressive and on attack mode." Said Hamlett, "The first 15 minutes were probably the best played all year, weathered the storm in the second half, got a goal and finished the game well with three points under our belts."
And now they will turn their attentions to expansion side Orlando City as they travel to the Magic Kingdom and come back to face the Philadelphia Union as the Red Bulls host their US Open Cup Quarterfinals match three days later.