2015 Jets Season Week 8 Preview Show At Oakland



Join Daniel Feuerstein and Michael Cohen of Open Mic on Blog Talk Radio .com as they preview the Week 8 match up as the New York Jets travel to the west coast and take on the Oakland Raiders.


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Hate DC Week Round 1 Playoff : Red Bulls ready for United



You felt that there was going to be a familiar opponent for the Red Bulls when they were waiting for someone to win one of the two Eastern Conference Wild Card's and when it all came down to a Montreal Impact destruction, it would be DC United that was going to step up and say hello.

Last season we remember the big victory in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals when the Red Bulls took advantage of a poor DC side that fell asleep after the first ten minutes of the match and then out of no where you saw Thierry Henry set up Bradley Wright-Phillips for the first goal with a beautiful back heel flick, then he launched a floating ball to Peguy Luyindula who did all the rest and beat Bill Hamid thru the wickets.

That return leg at RFK Stadium was also special where they needed just one away goal and not only take advantage of the away goals rule, but to win that series on aggregate three goals to two. The start of that playoff run began against Sporting Kansas City before they moved to the Western Conference this season and it continued towards a steamrolling on DC United that this club either as Metro or Red Bulls finally won a playoff round against their most bitter rivals. 

But the real question is this, is DC United looking for revenge even though they still lead the playoff history by 5 to 1? I think we all know the answer to this as we will have two weeks of Hate DC Week and it feels like the verbal jousting will always continue when these two sides are going after each other. But the road game in the first leg will be a big task for the Red Bulls as DC has the advantage of playing one game more than the Red Bulls do after the wild card win against the Revolution. 

"It's just going thru the details of what their team is, their personal in which we know what it is already. Going thru that set pieces are clear and who's responsibility, things we will include on our attacking end. So it's about ironing out things on our end." Said Head Coach Jesse Marsch, "We know when DC comes to town or when we go down there that it's a big rivalry match and it will be very physical, the game doesn't settle down much. They had a great start and middle of the season but ended in a rough patch, but still they are tough and always scratch and claw to get a win." 

In these three games of the regular season Fabian Espindola was nowhere to be found due to being injured or serving a suspension from the league. As everyone remembers after the second leg of the series last season, Espindola shoved the near side assistant and the league gave him a six game suspension to start the season.

"It's possible that he and (Alvaro) Saborio plays, they have other options to throw out there but Espindola is an X factor that's for sure. He can make plays out of nothing and he is clever around the goal, he can finish and has a crafty left foot, he has confidence & is a big player on that team. It's a different team with him in it, but you also have to be aware of others on the field as well." 

The one player that has success against DC United is Lloyd Sam who has scored a goal in all three regular season games and two more in the past couple of years. The DC Killer knows very well that while it's nice to get goals against your most hated rival, you need to take the regular season stats and throw them away when you get to the playoffs this time of year.

"The success of the regular season is thrown out the window, this will be a very tough game and we got to be prepared to see a team that hasn't done so well against us, so we need to be ready and expect their best."

And at the end of the day that's all you can expect from the Red Bulls, but the truth is that this is a rivalry game that has plenty of teeth that will sink into from both sides of the field as well as in the stands. This is a type of series that you know will have tons of songs being sung at each other with a lot of poor words that you can't say on television, but the action will be very hot on the field and the responses should be fantastic at RFK and on social media.

It all begins at 3PM Eastern at RFK stadium and away goals will be a premium if the Red Bulls can get an advantage on the aggregate inside our Nation's Capital. So buckle up and get ready for a fantastic first leg in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.
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2015 Jets Season Week 7 Review Podcast


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Join Daniel Feuerstein, Rick Laughland and a little bit of Michael Cohen as they discuss the 30-23 loss by the New York Jets at the New England Patriots that put their record at 4-2
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Brady and Patriots do it again late and beat Jets 30-23



Once again this was the big match up in the 7th week of the NFL season as the New York Jets made the trip to Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on the New England Patriots and try to get the best of Tom Brady, but at the end of the full four quarters the Patriots would remain undefeated with a 30-23 victory and go 6-0 on the Jets.

There were some solid performances for the team in Green and White and we saw Jeremy Kerley finally get into the act by making a great catch inside the end zone for his first touchdown of the season early in the 2nd quarter. But as always Brady found a way to rally the troops and was able to run it in to tie the game.

It was a shame that Chris Ivory couldn’t play most of the first half with some tightness in his left hamstring and smartly removed himself to get it massaged and loose for the second half. His touchdown for 9yds was a fantastic wide open catch and run into the end zone for the lead.

But sadly that lead along with a Nick Folk field goal wasn’t enough as the Patriots once again find a way to beat the Jets especially a 3rd down & 17 play where Julian Edelman found a way to get open just enough to complete the play for a first down.

Once again the will to win by Tom Brady has led the Patriots to remain undefeated and this strange trance he’s in to get revenge on the league for his part in the deflate gate scandal and while we all know he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today, he still shouldn’t have to bend or break the rules to gain a competitive advantage.

But as always the Patriots are the top team in the AFC & NFL. The New York Jets under Todd Bowles so far has shown the rest of the league that his team can match the Patriots on the field, but once again while Ryan Fitzpatrick had a good game he still needed to be a couple of steps ahead of Brady. Sadly it failed him that game, but once again you can see how comfortable Fitzpatrick is in this system with Chan Gailey he’s also comfortable being with this team and right now he is the man that will lead this team to a playoff spot.

While all the weapons on offense didn’t have a true productive day on the yardage side of things, they still showed that they are a dangerous team and while the Dolphins may have found some new life with their interim head coach Dan Campbell there is trouble in Buffalo.

Rex Ryan is slowly losing games he shouldn’t be and the great start the Bills had to 2015 is now starting to fall apart. But the Jets right now are on pace to be one of the two AFC sides in 2nd place along with the Pittsburgh Steelers currently to take a wild card spot and we shall see what they can do next week on the road at Oakland against a struggling Raiders team.
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Red Bulls Win the Supporters Shield & End Toyota Park Jinx





This was the match that the Red Bulls needed to show that they were ready to make a big statement in. While this Chicago Fire side was just finishing out the string of a regular season that once again imploded and ended with a make shift starting eleven. But once again this is a stadium in MLS that they continued to have trouble winning in as this was the fifteenth attempt to get the full three points.

But after a fantastic regular season that started with a lot of issues from an tumultuous offseason into a big joy at the end, the New York Red Bulls won their 2nd Supporters Shield in three seasons with two separate Head Coaches and earning their first ever victory at Toyota Park defeated the Chicago Fire two goals to one.

The first goal was earned in the 8th minute and once again it would be Bradley Wright-Phillips who would easily put his foot on the ball and converted his 17th of the season. Sacha Kljestan delivers a solid corner that was deflected off the head of Sal Zizzo who found BWP and the Red Bulls took the one goal lead.

Another chance came to double the advantage as Mike Grella attacked the Chicago area and when Patrick Nyarko fouled him from behind in the 34th minute, Referee Ricardo Salazar blew his whistle and pointed to the spot. So it would be Kljestan to take the spot kick and in the 35th minute, putting all the pressure squarely on his shoulders Sacha Kljestan buries the ball past Alec Kann for the two goal lead.

While Gilberto converted a goal in the 78th minute to pull one back, that made the Red Bulls and their supporters earn squeaky bum time and that funny terrible feeling that there could be an issue if the Fire scored a second goal. FC Dallas was leading two goals to one on the San Jose Earthquakes on decision day and when four minutes was added in second half stoppage time you saw a side that was determined to keep that ball out and help Luis Robles make that dream happen. After Ricardo Salazar blew his whistle the New York Red Bulls earned the 2015 Supporters Shield and it did make its way to the visiting fans at Toyota Park.

But while this was the second time in three seasons that the Red Bulls have won the Supporters Shield, it was very ironic that they clinched both titles against the Chicago Fire when Mike Petke led them back in 2013 at Red Bull Arena & now in 2015 it would be Jesse Marsch that would lead this side to regular season glory on the road in Chicago.

Ever since Toyota Park was built the New York Red Bulls have failed in the first fourteen games to earn three points. So many times we have seen the Chicago Fire earn victories as the better side, getting help from the referee’s or the Red Bulls who would give goals away on poor defending or losing interest in these games.

Finally showing that they wanted to and needed to win in this final match of their regular season and the Shield on the line for this Red Bulls side broke a jinx that finally had to go away. Last season Mike Petke ended the Gillette Stadium jinx against the New England Revolution and this season it was Marsch who broke the Toyota Park jinx, even thought it took him a second chance to do it this season.

But now the Red Bulls will have a full week off and watch in a couple of days to see who will be their opponents after the Eastern Conference Wild Card games this coming Wednesday, but once again to all Red Bulls fans you can celebrate another title and hope there will be a solid run to the final.
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2015 Jets Season Week 7 Preview Show At Patriots


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Join Daniel Feuerstein as he talks to Chris Price of WEEI Boston Sports Radio & WEEI .com as they preview this big AFC East Divisional Match up for the right to take or keep the lead at the top of the East.

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Red Bulls readying themselves for a possible Shield and a jinx breaking



Well here we are again Red Bulls supporters and even though it is the final game of the regular season, it has that same feeling about two years ago when the New York Red Bulls were in this same position when all the marbles came down to the final game of the regular season. 

Back in 2013 the New York Red Bulls had a four goal explosion on the Chicago Fire and won their first MLS hardware in the Supporters Shield and the entire South Ward was chanting Champions in Spanish and while the ride didn't last that long, it was the start of something that no one would've ever expect. 

Now we turn to the end of the 2015 Regular Season and this time the same opportunity is in front of the Red Bulls but it's a bit different. The opponent is the same but this time it's on the road at Toyota Park and not only is the shield on the line, but that damned record of futility that is staring right in their faces. The club needs to bite the bagel on the win column for the very first time and it's been an issue. 

"We have to approach it with the right mentality obviously, I just think we have to approach it as a playoff game." Said Dax McCarty, "Maybe we need to make this into a play in game so the winner can move on to the next round. We don't want to leave our fate to another team when it's in our hands. Supporters Shield is in our sights. We can't worry about the past, or the history at Toyota Park that the club hasn't won there. We need to get in there and play strong."

It's already been discussed a few months ago that the Red Bulls have never won a single road game at Toyota Park and as we all know that if this Shield party is going to get kicked off correctly, the full three points is up for grabs and that will be the only they can kill two birds with one stone. But don't be fooled with this Chicago Fire side as they still have dangerous players that can put the ball into the back of the net. 

But while this season was a big mystery from start till the middle of the season when everything started to click there was always a belief from Jesse Marsch that went straight to the players and now that they are in this position he believed in the success, but tried to not make it a bigger deal till those goals became reality.

"I think it's fairly evident that where we are in this season that it's the case." Said Marsch, "We've never shied away from it, but there's not much need to discuss it till they become reality. So the shield is now a reality and once we get by that the Cup is the next goal. I never stopped saying supporters shield, but we had to maintain our focus." 

And of course this club is heading back to the CONCACAF Champions League for the 2016-17 edition and are already placed in Pot 3 with the other MLS & Liga MX sides when the draw will be done next May or June. But as of right now the club is focused on fighting the Chicago Fire on the road at Toyota Park and will play at the same time when FC Dallas hosts the San Jose Earthquakes and we shall see who will be the ones that will celebrate a regular season championship.
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2015 Jets Season Week 6 Review Podcast


Join Daniel Feuerstein and special fill in guest Michael Cohen of the Open Mic show on Blog Talk Radio .com as we review the 34-20 Win by the New York Jets over the Washington Redskins
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Jets Second Half routes the Redskins 34-20




So the Jets coming off the bye week after a successful start to their season along with a big victory on their longest road trip in their history beating the Dolphins in London, England. But of course after a long break it was time to get back to business and face the Washington Redskins.

But the start was not what the Jets wanted and even though there were behind by three points at halftime, the Jets came out roaring in the 2nd half and scored twenty unanswered points and took home a 34-20 victory that moves them to 4-1 on this season.

After Nick Folk kicked the tying field goal to tie the score at 13 a piece the Jets started to play their game and once Ryan Fitzpatrick got his offense going he took down the Redskins scoring 27 points with a fantastic 18yd run and diving into the end zone, then a terrible throw to Brandon Marshall who found a way to grab the ball before it hit the ground and avoided three defenders to get into the end zone, then a short throw late in the 4th quarter to Eric Decker continued the highlight reel show.

Great game on the stats list for Brandon Marshall once again as he made seven catches for 111 yards and has over 500 yds in five games. Chris Ivory once again showing why he is an up and coming running back in the NFL, as he continues to love taking the contact as he rushed 20 times for 146 total yds and a touchdown with his longest being 54yds.

But while the second half was a major change in how the game plan was given, that first half didn’t have a solid start. After a solid stop on the Redskins first possession of the game Decker lost the ball on the first play as he made a catch and got stripped. Washington would take the early lead & even though Ivory ran it in to tie the score, this was a field goal fest and then mistakes by the offense as Marshall got stripped and an interception thrown by Fitzpatrick.

Even though his stats aren’t so bad as Fitzpatrick completed 25 of his 43 attempts for 253 yds two throwing touchdowns and running one in himself and a QB rating of 113.1 some of his throws are a bit troubling as he continues to put himself into jeopardy with possible picks and thankfully it hasn’t happened except for the loss at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But after such a solid start to the season, the next game on the road will be their biggest test of all in the New England Patriots, as they are looking to continue to get revenge on the league for the way Tom Brady was treated by Commissioner Roger Goodell. But this will be a big moment for the Jets as they can deliver the first loss of the Patriots season and take over the top spot in the division.
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Red Bulls Thrash the Union Clinch the Eastern Conference


The Red Bulls knew they wanted to get off to a great start in this last home match of the regular season and it's not just after a disappointing loss in Toronto over the mid-week, but the Philadelphia Union found ways to beat them at home twice this season earlier in the season and that US Open Cup Quarterfinal that ended in penalties.

But right out of the gate it was Mike Grella who caught the Union napping at the kickoff and converted the fastest goal in league history seven seconds in. After Ismail Elfath blew the opening whistle it was a backpass by Cristian Maidana who saw Michael LaHoud open and LaHoud let the ball go and out of nowhere Grella gets on top of it.  

The only attacker going towards net Grella rips his chance that did take a deflection off of LaHoud and past Andre Blake for the opening goal inside the near post & Red Bull Arena erupted before a single fanny was sitting down. He earned his second of the match in the 17th minute as Grella goes near post again to beat the young Jamaican International. 

Captain Dax McCarty goes down the middle of the field and makes a solid pass to Grella at the near side. When he is marked by the defender, once again the magic feet of Grella fakes out his man and converts a fantastic ball for his second of the match and the Red Bulls are flying high in this match up looking for revenge. 

In between Grella's goals was a fantastic header by Bradley Wright-Phillips who made it two goals to nil at the time, converted three minutes later after Mike's first of the match. A corner was awarded to the Red Bulls at the far side and when Sacha Kljestan delivered it to the near it went towards Damien Perrinelle who headed the ball at BWP and then a half swing with the right foot finish to bring the Red Bull fans to their feet.

One of Ali Curtis's targets during the beginning of the season was Jamaican Left Back internation Kemar Lawrence as Roy Miller picked up an injury after the opening season match at Sporting Kansas City and he hasn’t looked back at all. He's had several chances to convert a goal and finally this match against Philadelphia Taxi picked up a fare. 

After a bit of an give and go with Lloyd Sam & McCarty it was Dax rounding off the far side from the defenders and when he crossed the ball behind that back line, Lawrence comes towards the near post and deposits his first goal in MLS and beats his countryman for a four goal thrashing. Even though Sebastien LeToux pulled one back the Dark Blue & Gold was never coming back from this result and the New York Red Bulls clinch the Eastern Conference top spot in the playoffs and now have to finish strong next Sunday in Chicago.

"I'll take this start most days, I think there are a number of things (talking about the start against Toronto Mid-Week). We weren't happy there, there was no sense of panic from our team. That's not the way we want to play and the guys knew that." Said Jesse Marsch, "This is a tough place to play for opposing teams & there was no sense of panic from our guys. It was a solid win" 

With this victory the New York Red Bulls not only clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they will make a return to the CONCACAF Champions League & there is a sense from some of the players that were here last year that they want to take it seriously and have a solid run in the group stage.

But there is still one more game to be played and that is a road trip to Chicago and take on the Fire and if they get the full three points on the road, no matter what happens later in the day with FC Dallas, the Red Bulls will earn the supporters shield with a win. A Draw or a loss will allow FC Dallas to try and earn it themselves. 

But for now, soak up the victory and get ready next Sunday to try and take the Shield if the Red Bulls can.
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2015 Jets Season Week 6 Preview Show Vs. Redskins



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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they chat with Mike Harar of SB Nation’s Hogs Haven on the Washington Redskins for this Sunday’s matchup coming out of the Bye Week.
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Red Bulls drop the other game in hand at Toronto


The New York Red Bulls knew what had to happen tonight as a positive result in any way was going to put them as the front runners clinching the regular season of the Eastern Conference & some separation towards the Supporters Shield. But unfortunately a two goals to one loss in Toronto has halted the good feelings for this side that has had many questions surrounding them in the offseason.
After a strange and not so entertaining first half with the only fireworks seeing Jozy Altidore who was penciled in as a substitute was shown his walking papers by referee Fotis Baakos in the 34th minute as he was deemed to give abusive verbal language to the near side assistant and that gave him his walking papers.
But sadly that ejection didn’t have any effect on the pitch as the second half began that’s when the troubles started. Herculez Gomez received a gift from Ronald Zubar as the cross coming down the near side was flubbed and the former Puebla man converted his first MLS Goal in a very long time to give the home side the advantage in the 51st minute.
Then the brilliance of Sebastian Giovinco was on display as he was subbed into the match in the 71st minute and took down the Red Bulls all by himself seven minutes later, slaloming thru the backline like it was the Italian alps and when in perfect position laced a fantastic strike that gave Luis Robles no chance of getting a fingertip on that ball.
But there was some hope when Shaun Wright-Phillips finally got his chance to put one past keeper Chris Konopka who basically had no action at all and was never threatened when SWP got hold of a loose ball and a brilliant half volley that screamed inside the near post to bring some life back. But with six full minutes of second half stoppage time, nothing happened and the Red Bulls fall in Toronto while the home side officially clinched their first playoff spot in the nine seasons they have played and finally joined that party which Montreal & Vancouver have known for the last few seasons.
On this same night FC Dallas took advantage of this Red Bulls loss and defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps two goals to nil that puts them level at the top of the Supporters Shield race, but still has the Red Bulls in the top spot. So right now whatever advantage the Red Bulls had is gone in a matter of hours, but that doesn’t mean there is failure already.
With two matches remaining with all the sides in the league it’s a simple task to win at home this weekend when the Philadelphia Union comes over who are near the bottom of the East. Yes they will try to play spoilers and at the same time FC Dallas will be traveling to Real Salt Lake the day before, but if certain results fall in the right places we could still have a shield party either this Sunday late afternoon or it could be delayed till the final match of the regular season.
But regardless of them winning the shield or not, the Red Bulls will be able to clinch the regular season in the Eastern Conference which would give them another ticket to the CONCACAF Champions League next August and that is also a big prize for the club to redeem themselves in international play.
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Reviewing the First Quarter of the Jets 2015 Season


So as the New York Jets are about to restart their season after the bye week has come and gone there has been some interesting moments in the first quarter of the 2015 season as well as the Todd Bowles/Mike MacCagnan era that has started off very well.

The 3-1 start has been a bright spot so far with the defense playing strong and that front seven looking very scary against opponents when they have the ball. The return of the cornerback tandem of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie has shown to be a lethal force as these two are tracking back to cover the top wide receivers of all their opponents and at the same time either swatting down balls or picking them off.

The front seven was without Sheldon Richardson for the first quarter of the season as he was serving his four game suspension due to substance abuse. But it didn’t stop them from forcing the quarterbacks to make bad throws or causing plenty of turnovers.

The defense have forced or created 13 turnovers in four games that is a lot higher than the last season or two with Rex Ryan at the helm. Plus Todd Bowles defense is disguising their blitzes very well and they are finally getting to the quarterback. Leonard Williams is just as advertised rushing at the quarterbacks and while he hasn’t had a full sack yet, he is showing why he was a steal in this past draft.

While it is true that Ryan Fitzpatrick is just good enough to get thru a game as the starter right now after Geno Smith got his jaw broken by I.K. Emekapali, the truth is that he has made this offense better with his years as a starter with a lot of teams. He has a beast of a running back in Chris Ivory who has torched the Miami Dolphins for over 100 yards and ran into the end zone three times for a total of 314 yards.

The passing game has improved tremendously when Brandon Marshall was traded over and you can see why he is a feared receiver as he continues to use his size and height to catch the ball, protect the ball and has already become a hero to Jets fans when he ripped away an interception to keep possession against the Browns. And when he is trying to get free there is always a flag being thrown towards him and getting 1st downs thru penalties as no one can cover him.

Racking up 400 yards with three touchdowns Marshall and Eric Decker have become a solid one-two punch as both men complement each other and in this offense by Chan Gailey Decker has received three touchdowns for a total of 180 yards. We are seeing a quarterback like Fitzpatrick with weapons he hasn’t had for a good long time as these veterans are doing a great job confusing the defense and eating up yards like there is no tomorrow.

But while Fitzpatrick has shown plenty of good, he still reminds you of why he is still a bit bad and once again, it’s throwing interceptions that shouldn’t happen and continues to overthrow his targets that are either out of play or nearly being intercepted. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the long term solution right now, but at the moment he is a good solution for this Jets team to compete with the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East.

As of right now the next opponent is the Washington Redskins this coming Sunday and this may look easy to most, the truth is that you don’t want the team to down play an opponent that is hungry and looking to change the fortunes of the Jets who have come out of the gates red hot and in two weeks will be on the road at the New England Patriots.

At the moment Todd Bowles is starting to shine and let’s hope a losing streak won’t make him dull, but if he can continue to draw out the right game plan and execute them with perfection, then let Gladys Knight continue to sing on his CD player all the way to a possible divisional title.


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Red Bulls defeat Impact and win a game in hand


This was the biggest task the New York Red Bulls had to face and while you know they once had one of the greatest strikers in the world in Thierry Henry, they now had to face one of the best African strikers in former Chelsea & Ivory Coast International Didier Drogba.  
But at the same time they had to face a pair of former players that were involved in the Felipe trade during the offseason as they faced former midfielder Eric Alexander & Ambroise Oyongo who were also stopped in this match, but sadly for Oyongo he was shown a straight red card after handling the ball inside the area and on the goal line preventing Bradley Wright-Phillips to score.

In the 15th minute is was a strange series of plays that earned the Red Bulls a spot kick and sent the Impact down to ten men. After Sacha Kljestan stopped his run inside the area he passed the ball back to Bradley Wright-Phillips and as he shot it, the ball hits a defenders leg, Evan Bush gets a right paw on it and tries to shoulder the ball away from the net, but Oyongo was on the goal line and he tried to slap the ball away with his left hand and Ted Unkle had no choice but to point to the spot and show the Red Card.  

Kljestan coolly converts the penalty straight down the middle and the Red Bulls take the lead on Sacha's 7th of the season. And then another penalty was given to the Red Bulls twelve minutes later as Donny Toia trips up Lloyd Sam in the Montreal area and that meant Kljestan was going to double the advantage. But Drogba played some mind games and stood on top of the ball and forced Kljestan to take it away from him. No booking on the smart gamesmanship call by Drogba and when the 2nd penalty was struck Bush made the save to his left.

But Lloyd Sam was able to double the advantage as he chips the Montreal defense and just converts it under the crossbar in the 39th minute. BWP once again with a free chance tried to beat Bush on the quick break and was stopped and then the ball was cleared by a defender, but Sam was in the right place at the right time to chip that ball and convert his 10th goal of the season which is a personal best in his MLS career.

This was the best defensive performance as a team against one of the best strikers in the world in Didier Drogba who found every advantage he could find to try and attack the Red Bulls Goal. Both Damien Perrinelle and Ronald Zubar had to make sure that their non-verbal communication would work as all three speak French very well. 

Even when Drogba was onside or allowed to be on in an offside position Luis Robles was at the right place at the right time to make the big save and while Drogba did tally on the spot kick, out in the field of play the Red Bulls gave him nothing. 

"I thought the job done on Drogba overall was really good." Said Jesse Marsch, "He's a classy player. I thought the team did a good job on Drogba and made it harder on him, which was a big task on the night." And now the club has taken one of the two games in hand on their schedule.

All they need is a win or a draw next game at Toronto to clinch the Eastern Conference and that CONCACAF Champions League spot, then it's all up for grabs on the Shield. Currently still at the top with a three point lead on the LA Galaxy, but other games that are being played can throw a wrench into the works. So let's wait and see what happens as the Red Bulls build on this win and face the 2nd leg of the Canadian doubleheader at BMO Field.

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