Despite man advantage, Red Bulls Draw 1-1 at Sporting Kansas City in Marsch’s Debut


Staff Writer

Despite being a man up for the final 20 minutes, New York was unable to score, settling for a valuable road point in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City.

Defender Ike Opara put Kansas City ahead in the 50th minute, but a brilliant moment by Lloyd Sam heeled the visitors tie the match late in the second half, giving New York the share of the spoils.

The match marked manager Jesse Marsch’s first in charge of RBNY. As promised by the head coach, New York began the game pressing high and showing Petke-esque energy in the opening stanza.

The first opportunity for either side came in the 7th minute when KC’s Seth Sinovic called Luis Robles into action on a bending ball to the far post.  The home side dominated the next ten minutes as RBNY was unable to obtain and keep possession.  It wasn’t until the 25th where the Red Bulls earned their first corner of the evening. Nothing came of the opportunity and Sporting KC took control of possession yet again after the ball bounced around the midfield.

In the middle of the first half, the Red Bulls put together multiple venomous possessions. Former Carolina Railhawk Mike Grella getting control in the midfield, finding a wide-open Bradley Wright-Phillips. BWP instantly drew attention and played a nice ball to an on-running Felipe, but the former Montreal man could only find the side netting to keep things scoreless.  Grella made his presence known on the offensive end for the remainder of the first half by winning possession and challenging the Sporting back line. He would exit the match midway through the second half.

The teams would head to the locker room knotted at nil-nil after the first 45 minutes.

After feeling each out to start the second half, Kansas City got the better on the attacking end.

In the 50th minute, Benny Feilhaber received the outlet pass just outside of the attacking third. With a Red Bulls defender matching the Brazilian-born midfielder stride-for-stride, a curving ball was played into the six-yard box that found the head of Ike Opara. The center back would give Sporting KC a 1-nil advantage after 50 minutes of play.

Four minutes later, New York got their opportunity as the ball found its way to Lloyd Sam on the edge of the 18-yard box. After attempting the go left, the midfielder showed some great footwork to find his right foot. With a small window to work with, Sam curved the ball past the outstretched arms of Kansas City keeper Luis Martin to tie the match at 1-1.

Things got interesting in the 70th minute when Matt Besler made an ill-advised tackle on Wright-Phillips at the edge of the center circle. While it can be argued that the head official could have called advantage, he chose to call the foul and caution Besler for the second time in the contest, prompting a red card.

For the ensuing 10 minutes, the Red Bulls had the better of the opportunities but failed to capitalize with the man advantage.

Sporting KC had multiple breaks in the final moments of the game, but failed to find the back of the net, thanks to heroic goalkeeping from Luis Robles.

When the final whistle blew, the Red Bulls had failed to secure three points on the road, drawing 1-1 with Sporting Kansas City in the opening fixture of 2015.

The New York Red Bulls return to action on March 22nd, when they welcome D.C. United to Red Bull Arena for the homer opener. The I-95 rivalry is set to kickoff at 5pm ET.

Scoring Summary:

  • SKC: Ike Opara 1 (Feilhaber 1) 51’
  • NY: Lloyd Sam 1 (unassisted) 54’

Discipline Summary:

  • SKC: Besler, Caution 30’, Ejection 71’
  • NY: Wright-Phillips, Caution, 80’
  • NY: Kljestan, Caution, 85’


  • NY: Luis Robles, Chris Duvall, Ronald Zubar (Matt Miazga 77’), Damien Perrinelle, Roy Miller, Lloyd Sam, Dax McCarty CAP, Felipe (Anatole Abang, 84’), Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella (Sal Zizzo, 68’), Bradley Wright-Phillips
  • SKC: Luis Marin, Amadou Dia, Ike Opara, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic, Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza, Graham Zusi (Eric Palmer-Brown 84’), Krisztian Nemeth (Jacob Peterson, 77’) , Bernardo Anor (Nagamura, 61’), Dom Dwyer
  • Lyon

    If it were not for Dom Dwyers poor last touch all night long and Luis Robles heroics,this is a 5-1 loss. The back four are downright scary. God forbid anyone gets hurt b/c the lack of depth is breathtaking.

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness for Sam. Lloyd saved a point.
    NYRB outplayed. Dax & Grella hustled. Sacha embarrassed. Miller still a train-wreck and was responsible for KC goal (out of position, weak marking). How many times will NYRB allow goal scoring crosses from Miller’s side? Not impressed with Jesse on sidelines, atrocious substitutions.
    After watching NYC-ORL, kept wondering who the expansion side was. Sure looked like Jesse’s Red Bulls. Is gonna be a long season.

  • Lyon

    My prediction for BWP this year sans Henry…10 goals or less. No one to play with and with Peguy heading out the door he will truly learn what it is to be alone up top.

  • slowleftarm

    I’m not shy when it comes to criticizing RBNY but I thought that was a pretty good performance and a decent result. I guess the above posters must have higher (e.g. unrealistic) standards.

  • Joe blow

    Felipe Martins was terrible. Made error after unforced error throughout; terrible service from corners. Put Sean Davis in in his place.

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