Red Bulls overcome two goal hole to beat Chicago

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – The Chicago Fire leaned on some luck to take the early lead in Harrison, but the New York Red Bulls reserved their rabbit’s foot for the decisive goal.

Down two goals, the Red Bulls answered back with three, capped off by a dubious penalty call to gift New York a 3-2 victory in front of 17,984 fans at Red Bull Arena.

Jeff Larentowicz and David Accam put the Fire ahead early, but first half goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mike Grella set the table for a decisive second half Kljestan PK to tip this match in New York’s favor.

“That’s an important moment when you go down two, especially to get one right back because the game is still up for grabs,” Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch noted. “We’ve talked about how no matter what situation we’re in as a team we continue to have belief on the field and we continue to push.

“Certainly going down two wasn’t how we planned it and we don’t want to do that too often but the response was fantastic.”

In typical fashion, the Red Bulls took an offensive footing against the visiting Fire, but it was Chicago that found net first. Damien Perrinelle fell victim to a questionable call from referee Armando Villarreal at the edge of Chicago’s area. Larentowicz beat a diving Luis Robles on the ensuing penalty to gift Chicago the lead in the 13th minute.

“I will say this – not an easy game to ref,” Marsch noted. “It was so explosive, a lot of explosive players, and a lot of explosive moments of transition. A lot of plays in the box. I’m not going to sit here and critique the [refereeing]. It’s a hard game to deal with and he did his best.”

Despite increased pressure from New York, Chicago managed a second goal 12 minutes later. Accam put Connor Lade on his back, dragging the diminutive defender into the box, shaking him loose and cutting past Robles for an easy walk-in goal in the 25th.

But the Red Bulls would not succumb to the scoreline. Sacha Kljestan beat his marker and poked a feed towards Bradley Wright-Phillips. With his defenders split, the English striker took a low, guided shot to Johnson’s right, cutting Chicago’s lead in half.

Nine minutes later, Mike Grella brought the match level, settling a hopeful Lloyd Sam feed in the area and blasting a shot past Johnson to send the teams tied at the half.

New York’s pressure game continued in the second stanza. Half chances from Sam, Grella and Bradley Wright-Phillips failed to break the match open, but another penalty call changed the complexion of the match. Like Perrinelle before him, Michael Stephens earned a whistle on a phantom foul in the box. A diving Sam gift wrapped New York a penalty kick — which Sacha Kljestan converted with gusto.

“Going two-nil down, we had to keep going and believe that we could get the result,” Sam said after the match. “It’s great to see it happen.”

The victory propels New York to the top of the Eastern Conference, leading D.C. United (12-7-6, 42 pts.) by a single point (13-7-6, 45 pts.). The result also leaves Chicago dead last in the Eastern Conference (7-14-6, 27 pts.) for yet another week.

New York now put their focus on a midweek clash at Foxborough where they meet fourth place New England Revolution (11-9-7, 40 pts.) at Gillette Stadium.

 

 

 

  • I kinda figured Metro would need 6 wins from the last 9 games to have a pretty good chance at the Shield, and 7 wins to have a very good chance. So, hopefully 1 down, 5 or 6 to go and we’ll see?

  • Larry’s a Simpleton

    Yeah, well, NYCFC has more followers on twitter. So there!

    • RedBallz

      Yeah….sad that no one cares about them huh?

      • boy city idiot

        We’ve got followers on Facebook ! And raw chicken! And neo-nazis ! And Mix’s hair !? I gotta hit the bathroom now,Ive got a woody.

        • RedBallz

          I’ve heard slowleftarm could help you out with that. Rumor is that he’s trying to get fans to the stadium by giving out handies in the parking lot.

          • slowleftarm

            More true witticisms from another true New Yorker from Louisville or Omaha.

          • Frederick Rerun Stubbs

            Are you watching DC this weekend? Oh wait,they’re your old team lol.
            But at least you’re a TRUE New Yorker.

            • RedBallz

              Just because I no longer wish to waste my money on the bullshite team that is a walking billboard for a drink that tastes like baby aspirin doesn’t mean that I have sunk so low as to watch DC United. I think I’ll catch some Bundesliga action. Did you know they have fans there that actually got to the games??? Weird huh? Yeah…would probably never work here in the states.

              • The Rea

                Every soccer club in the world wears some kind of advertisement on their jersey. At least Red Bull has their own logo on their jersey as opposed to whoring it out to the highest bidder like most clubs do.

                What Red Bull has done has been done before in other sports. In Japan, the baseball team “N

                • The Realist

                  As I was saying, in Japan, the Baseball team “Nippon Ham Fighters” is owned by the Nippon Ham Company (so, no, they’re not actually fighting hams”)

                  You don’t have to root for the team but if you wear ANY other jersey with ANY other sort of advertisement on it, you’re kidding yourself.

                  • RedBallz

                    Well, granted it is only one of many complaints….but just because there are other teams in the entire world that do the same thing doesn’t mean that it isn’t disrespectful to the fan base. Red Bull owns the team and wants their brand all over it? No problem. That’s what sponsorship is. But they call the team Red Bulls. And tell me…just what unique tie to NY does the energy drink have? By refusing to tie the team name to the area and the fans, the team ownership showed that they do not care about being part of the community, they do not care about being about of the NY landscape. They care about owning a team that they can market their product. And that’s fine, that’s their choice. But this team has never about building a quality NY soccer team. The fact that they are doing well this season is completely incidental to the ownership goals. So if they don’t care about building something here…..why care about them?

  • usa

    I think an East team can win the shield, given that the west is a crazy horse race.
    In the west, from now till the end will we see teams go up and down since they are gonna be killing each other.
    The east will be calm and boring since the west is more competitive.
    Sounders hate galaxy.
    Portland wants playoffs n hate Seattle.
    Skc have an experienced team and want to prove people wrong in the west.
    San Jose and Houston always wants playoffs.
    Fc Dallas is a team made for the playoffs and hate galaxy.
    The whitecaps hate Seattle and Portland and have a very exciting team that can beat any team in the west. The whitecaps are the red bull of the west
    The west is a crazy conference.
    The east is calm and predictable and Montreal and crew are very scary playoff teams.

    • RebBallz

      Well, granted it is only one of many complaints….but just because there are other teams in the entire world that do the same thing doesn’t mean that it isn’t disrespectful to the fan base. Red Bull owns the team and wants their brand all over it? No problem. That’s what sponsorship is. But they call the team Red Bulls. And tell me…just what unique tie to NY does the energy drink have? By refusing to tie the team name to the area and the fans, the team ownership showed that they do not care about being part of the community, they do not care about being about of the NY landscape. They care about owning a team that they can market their product. And that’s fine, that’s their choice. But this team has never about building a quality NY soccer team. The fact that they are doing well this season is completely incidental to the ownership goals. So if they don’t care about building something here…..why care about them?

  • usa

    By the way only 17k for a nice new York Friday night.
    Seriously, at least get 22k.
    I know chanting red bull is unattractive and working for free for a rich company sucks but 17k is such a low number.
    There is no nba,no nhl,no ncaaa football,and no mlb games right. Cmon red bull soda fans. Mr slow left arm should buy tickets for the under previledge red bull fans.

    • But dat attendance rank!

    • trollleftarm

      It ain’t a soda, it’s an ENERGY DRINK!

    • Bob

      Dude traffic sucked and it took way to long to get there, people probably realized they would be driving there during rush hour and most would be getting home around the time of the game starting. Also it was 9/11 and pretty sure lots of people didn’t feel comfortable spending that day watching soccer.

      • RedBallz

        What’s been the excuse then for every match other than the NYCFC games then?

    • slowleftarm

      There were no baseball games? You mean except for the Yankees’ biggest series in 3 years? I’m not saying that had much of an impact on attendance but come on dude.

      • RedBallz

        So all those die hard RedBulls fans stayed home to watch baseball? Yeah….such passion from Redbulls fans. Maybe they’ll show up if nothing else is on sometime.

  • njsoccerfan

    Math is off Dave. Red Bulls are in first

  • john

    No one showed up for the game tonight there were about 10K in the stands, why does no one care about the redbulls?

    Very strange that all the redbull fans talk about NY being red but then they don’t even show up to NJ to watch a game.

    Strange team , strange fan base.

    • MLS and Soccer Fan Since 2015

      Have you seen how many twitter followers and casual seats we fill in our first year?! It’ll never go down!!

    • Mike

      We’re all saving for the trip to mls cup

  • Smith

    I can only speak for myself:

    Had a ticket. Got caught up in a work issue that had to be addressed. Couldn’t get free till 6:30pm. Work at Columbus Circle. Watched the game at home.

    Fridays are the worst for me.

  • sal

    Friday nights aren’t good,Wednesday nights aren’t good, and Sunday’s not good for anybody. This fan base has so many excuses!

    • RedBallz

      Only NYCFC hipsters that just found out about soccer think it’s cool to go to games. Real fans stay home and watch it on the TV in their mom’s basement.

  • slowleftarm

    It’s tough to get to RBA on a weeknight. 3 Friday nights games and 2 Wednesday nighters this season which doesn’t help attendance. No excuses though – RBNY’s attendance sucks even for games on weekends. Sure, it’d be nice to have a full house every night but I’d rather have empty seats and win than have a full house and lose.

    I mean 30k at a baseball stadium is great but if you have to watch old man Pirlo and Fat Frank jog around once you get there, it’s not worth it. Oh, who am I kidding? Fat Frank hasn’t seen the field since he bruised his ego when he got nutmegged by Grella.

  • BleedingRed

    When you smurfs eventually put your stadium in NJ you’ll know first hand.

    • RedBallz

      When NYCFC names it’s team the Etihad Airlines and builds a stadium in NJ…..THEN they will know firsthand.