When you have a true expansion side coming to play a veteran MLS side all season long, normally you can take them out and earn the full three points with ease. If you mean that it's easy to defeat NYCFC, then you are correct.
This time though Orlando City who is also an expansion side, but can play rough and tough can find holes in your back line and take advantage of it. That's what happened tonight as the Red Bulls got caught on the counter many times and also gave a self inflicted wound with their first own goal of the season as they lost 5-2.
The Canadian International Cyle Larin converted a hat trick off the Red Bulls as he scored a header from a Kaka corner and two more off two counters that beat Luis Robles cleanly and showed why he is the #1 pick in this years past Super Draft coming from UConn.
The other two goals for Larin as he scored in the 43rd minute on a great cross by Luis Rivas from the far side of the field and when it came to Larin's feet, he blasted a hard shot past Robles to regain the one goal lead and in the second half after Lloyd Sam pulled a second goal back it was another counter by Orlando that put Larin in great position to convert his 2nd hat trick against NYC area MLS sides.
He took down NYCFC and now the Red Bulls as the Canadian International has found ways to beat these sides and probably feels right at home as he attended college in Connecticut. But as the backline of the Red Bulls was getting shredded, you saw Matt Miazga get a yellow card early in the game for a tough challenge and then a tug on the shirt during the back end of the match where he will miss games not just for Olympic Qualifying, but also a two match ban for yellow card accumulation as well as getting sent off in the 77th minute.
But Miazga will not be the only one missing games as Jesse Marsch was sent off in the 57th minute for arguing calls by Referee Jorge Gonzalez. To be honest it didn't look like the conversation was escalated at all, but Gonzalez had enough and decided to give Marsch his walking papers. If it was like the last time Marsch was sent off in a match I would assume that Denis Hamlet will take over the coaching duties for their next home game against the Columbus Crew.
"Yes. They did well to get out of tight spots in different moments, credit to them I thought Orlando played very well tonight." Said Marsch, "We were a little bit late shifting and defending the ball on them and we might have over commit. On a night like this everything that could go wrong did. I promise you this, this team won't be fazed by this. It's a kick in the teeth and we will regroup."
The way that this side has regrouped after bad losses, I believe that Marsch will have them ready to go and with the Columbus Crew coming to town next week, the Red Bulls should be ready to take on that challenge and continuing to try to remain at the top of the east.