Red Bulls victory puts them atop East, Shield race

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

PORTLAND, OR. – If this season has been a statement for the New York Red Bulls, Sunday’s victory over the Portland Timbers serves as the first of several potential exclamation marks.

With the win, New York became the first team to clinch a playoff spot — and that was the least of their achievements. The Red Bulls overtook first place in the Eastern Conference and tied Supporters’ Shield leading Vancouver Whitecaps in the overall table as well.

“It’s significant in the sense that we’re being rewarded for continuing to believe in ourselves and push really hard but it’s not really the end goal,” head coach Jesse Marsch said after the match. “It’s a big step because to get to the playoffs this early in the season says a lot about our team and about the season we’ve had but we’re not stopping. We’re going to make sure that we’re all focused on the end goal.”

Sunday’s match served as a microcosm of the Red Bulls’ season. New York played their “high energy, high press” game on the road against a dangerous Timbers side. The high line once again choked the life out of their opponent. The top four attackers interchanged masterfully — despite the addition of two first-time starters on the field. Their team-first defense repelled several Portland jaunts into their area.

And once again, Luis Robles stood on his head.

All in all, the Red Bulls exhibited a familiar blueprint on Sunday night — one that has ultimately awarded them a place amongst the best teams in MLS.

“I think we showed that when we are committed to play the way we want to play, that we can really command the game,” Marsch said. “We showed that we’re a deep team and that when guys step on the field, that they are talented and they know their roles. We showed that this team has heart and belief in what they are and who they are.

“We weren’t happy with the performance in New England,” Marsch continued. “For these guys to come back and lay it all out here like this and empty the tank certainly shows a lot about their character.”

 

  • Bushwick Bill

    There’s no way those hipsters will get the shield. Enjoy your butter hipsters!
    Eggs
    Bacon
    Salt
    Cumin
    Rosemary
    Chuck D
    Elvis
    CHEESE
    Milk
    Tea
    Coffee
    pasta
    Oh I’m so hip I can’t take it. I’m a RBNJ fan. Please get me my toast and my pent butter. I need pent butter because it’s so hip.
    crab cakes
    beer battered fish
    Reagan Youth
    Public Enemy
    basketball
    hockey
    baseball
    red bull
    monster
    wine beer
    parmesan
    lettuce
    tomatos
    BACON
    New Brunswick
    Lifetime
    Saves The Day

    • slowleftarm

      If there was ever a time where this shtick was amusing, that time was over a long long time ago. At least this time you didn’t sign in under another name and reply to yourself.

    • Slowleftarm

      It was funny when you used to make fun of NYCFC. Making fun of the Red Bulls is not funny. We’ve worked hard to get where we are. I’ve been with them since the beginning. Go bother those plastic NYCFC fans and leave the real soccer fans alone.

  • William

    RB’s are a farce of a team they prove it every year their fanbase is even more delusional !!!! please with this pathetic excuse of a team

    • Cirris

      “Cosmos’ are a farce of a team. They prove it every year. Their fanbase is even more delusional !!!! Please end this pathetic excuse of a team”

      There, I error corrected it for you.

  • SOUNDERS

    Good luck in the playoffs! I’m sure you’ll win it this time!