Red Bulls Clinch Playoff Spot with 2-0 Win Over Timbers

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DENY GALLAGHER

PORTLAND, OR. – Sometimes, a victory can mean more than just three points.

The New York Red Bulls earned a 2-0 win over the Timbers in Portland to become the first team in MLS to clinch their spot in the 2015 Audi MLS Cup Playoff.

“We’re being rewarded for pushing ourselves and working hard,” said manager Jesse Marsch. “But we’re not stopping, man.”

The goals came courtesy of a Felipe Martins golazo and a clinical header by Damien Perrinelle to put the Red Bulls ahead for good.

The match was one of many firsts and accomplishments for the Red Bulls. The side celebrated Luis Robles 100th cap with the club, while awarding Gonzalo Veron and Shaun Wright-Phillips their first starts for the Red and White.

“Shaun Wright and Gonzalo really made things difficult on Portland,” said Marsch on the players who made their first starts for RBNY.

The new starting XI debuted on Sunday by Jesse Marsch came out and set the tempo of the match early on allowing the side to look threatening in the opponent’s half the field. However, Portland’s backline stood firm and helped push the Timbers forward on the counter in the early going.

Luis Robles was forced into making a number of big saves on the afternoon, but the biggest one came in the 28h minute when the keeper’s kick save denied Diego Valeri a go ahead goal.

In the 43rd minute, the Red Bulls new-found midfield tandem of Felipe Martins and Shaun Wright-Phillips put together a piece of midfield mastery that left the jaws of every fan in attendance at Providence Park on the floor. It started on a throw-in from the former QPR man to Martins. The midfielder was given too much room to advance the ball, and took advantage of every inch of it. Martins took a chance from about 35 yards out that sailed into the top right corner to put the visitors up 1-0.

Moments later on a tricky ball in the corner, Veron attempted an audacious cross that looped high in the air above the field at Providence Park. When the cross came down, Damien Perrinelle was able to redirect it with a booming header to put New York up 2-0 heading into the half.

The second half saw more of the same as the Red Bulls continued to press their hosts. The Timbers were able to create some opportunities as the half grew older, but were unable to find a finish.

In the 82nd minute, Robles came up huge to first deny a Diego Valeri free kick, before pushing away Nate Borchers’ shot off the rebound. The ball rolled just wide of the far post to keep things at 2-0.

Ten minutes, later the final whistle blew, and the Red Bulls secured a spot in the MLS Playoffs.

With the win, the Red Bulls are now tied with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the race for the Supporters Shield at 48 points with a game in hand. They now move on to face Orlando City this Friday at Red Bull Arena.

  • MM

    I’m so happy, congratulations Red Bulls

  • Sammy the Red Bull

    I have to be honest, I never thought at the beginning of the season they would be in this position. I thought best case scenario, they squeak into the playoffs, glad I was wrong.

    • RedBallz

      Squeak into the playoffs or top in the lowly East…..they will fall in the playoffs as always.

      • slowleftarm

        That may be but it’ll be long after NYCFC has packed up and headed for the golf course or, in Fat Frank’s case, the buffet.

        • Anonymous

          Does that buffet have all farm raised proteins?

  • slowleftarm

    Top of the league. Also, did the Miazga haters notice Twellman saying Miazga should be called up to the USMNT? Oh wait, that can’t be – he made a mistake against Chicago and we all know USMNT defenders never make mistakes! We all know 20 year old players can never get any better! What was he thinking?

    • Anonymous

      Did Petke haters notice the same broadcasters credited Petke with winning the SS in 2013 and credited Petke for the development of Miazga and Perrinelle?

      Miazga did nothing special in Portland. Perrinelle did. Timber players missed a LOT of open goal looks. Broadcasters also said so.

      Since Twellman is your expert, you gotta take that as a fact too.

      • JD

        The commentators actually called Petke out for not using those two players more often.

      • slowleftarm

        Yep Miazga was so not special that the commentators were calling for him to be called up to the USMNT. Perrinelle did well too, even scored a goal. What I’m saying has nothing to do with him. It’s directed toward the haters (some of whom are RBNY fans) who refuse to acknowledge how well Miazga as done this year.

        Mike Petke is gone – I didn’t support the move when it happened with but it’s time to move on. The team is playing well.

  • Bushwick Bill

    Enjoy it while it lasts. I’m so hip! I live in New Jersey. It’s so ironic. I eat food and I like music and soccer. I do all the hip things. I have clothes. I eat food.

    • Anonymous

      Nice try troll.

      • Anonymous

        No. Absolutely not.

        That was in no way, shape or form a “nice try”

        No matter how generous or lenient you’re trying to be, that cannot even remotely be categorized as a “nice try?

        Nope

  • RedBallz

    I’m angry. And no, I didn’t do anything this past weekend.

  • William

    YAWN !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rip (ped an eggy, thick fart)

    My wet dream is about to go dry. No playoffs for boy city. All that money and they can’t finish top 6 ?! Maybe I’ll follow the Impact next year. I do know some French.

  • RedBallz

    My only question is: what happens if we get bought by Pepsi or Gatorade? Do we have to change our name again? At least we aren’t plastic.

    • Metro/RB supporters had the laughable energy drink identity forced upon them after 10 years of support; Sharia City Lite supporters willingly chose their worse joke identity from the outset, with nary a peep.

      • RedBallz

        Yeah we’ll always have that. Just wish we could’ve made it to where we are today as metro. Hey at least we ain’t a bunch of plastic EPL wannabe soccer haters.

  • William

    YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    • slowleftarm

      Tired from traveling out to Hempstead to watch minor league games? A Red Bull should pep you up. Try it.

  • William

    u must like Hempstead are u moving there soon ? u cant stop mentioning it – u mean the METROSTARS the Red Bulls hahahahahaha great fanbase when is the last time that can of a stadium is ever soldout ?

    • slowleftarm

      Have to chuckle at Hempstead supporters and their 4-5k a game making attendance jokes. That’s a good one.

  • William

    actually u should be laughing at yourself since the RB’s or Metrostarts whatever the name is have been in existence since 1996 have a very very limited following. really stop projecting SLA embrace your destiny.

    • slowleftarm

      RBNY drew more fans to a cup game at 4pm on a Tuesday than Cosmos drew to most of their games all season, including the ones on beautiful weekend afternoons. Attendance could surely be better but it’s nowhere near Hempstead levels.

      • William

        who the METROSTARS ?

        No fool its not whatever the METROSTARS is the name moron

        do u want a Metrostars Savarses jersey u can wear it to Harrison

  • Factoid boy

    Read this to truly understand how crappy you can be and make the playoffs and how making the playoffs,even if early,doesnt mean squat in RB lore….http://www.onceametro.com/2015/9/23/9368359/making-the-playoffs-is-nice-but-its-not-special-in-mls