Once again it was another heated night at Red Bull Arena for the second visit and final match of this series as the New York Red Bulls were facing NYCFC and this time the cavalry finally came as former Juventus hero Andrea Pirlo & former Chelsea Hero Frank Lampard suited up to join David Villa as these veterans of European football got together and tried to take on the Red Bulls and salvage any form of points to take back to the Bronx.
But after the full ninety minutes the result was the same as the NY Originals found a way to convert twice and take nine points out of nine with a two goals to nil win and a clean sweep of the series. The start was actually very strong for both sides in this match and it looked like the side in black was going to get a chance to score first, but it was for naught as the home side converted the first goal of the match.
In the 21st minute the Red Bulls attacked the near side and after a bit of a misshit of a pass by Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan swooped in and sprung Kemar Lawrence down the right flank. As he got close towards the area, he bent the ball towards the middle and while Jefferson Mena tried to stop the ball, he mistimes it and it was an easy tap in for Bradley Wright-Phillips for his 10th of the season and it was his fourth goal in three matches against NYCFC.
The second goal came in the 85th minute and it was a very bad goal to allow as Felipe earned his second of the season sneaking in a shot inside the near post as Josh Saunders made a step to his left and got beat short side. It was a fantastic run by Mike Grella going down the field and making those magic feet work by faking out his defender, when he got to the middle of the field it was a quick pass to Felipe and then the final nail in the coffin was converted.
After the first 10 minutes of each half NYCFC looked to be gassed and lethargic on their attacks and their defending. As you can see after one match both Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard didn't look strong and David Villa was the only one creating some chances on the front foot. While Mix Diskerud attacked a lot better in this match his finishing was poor and there is no excuse for it.
The one that looks like the pressure is truly on himself is manager Jason Kreis who looks to be getting scared and annoyed with what's been going on in these three games. Kreis is not looking confident and tried to stir up his side by saying a few days ago that the Red Bulls post game comments at Yankee Stadium were crass and not professional. Being inside that visiting locker room I can say for sure that was not the case.
Kreis at the moment is feeling what some players and coaches are feeling when games don't go your way and he is saying things that make absolutely no sense at all. If he thought this was going to be a cakewalk, sadly Kreis was mistaken and right now he is paying the price for his own arrogance by assuming he can dominate this town results wise.
But for the Red Bulls they can get a big broom and sweep this series into their back pockets along with the US Open Cup 4th Round win at Red Bull Arena as they are the kings of this city in the soccer world of this melting pot called New York City. For the entire year of 2015 New York is Red and it's feeling very good.