If Red Bull fans needed a definition for the phrase “buzz kill,” the team certainly delivered.
On the night of Tim Cahill’s grand unveiling, New York succumbed to a superior Houston Dynamo side and blazing hot temperature, dropping a 2-0 decision at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo remain undefeated at home while the Red Bulls continue their woeful road play.
A goal 73 seconds into the first period was an omen for the night to come. The Orange offense pinned New York back and allowed them little room to maneuver as they dominated possession and created a plethora of chances on net. Oscar Boniek Garcia and Macoumba Kandji particularly shined on this night as they tested and collapsed the right side of the Red Bulls defense on various occasions.
The loss drops New York from their first place perch, and with a Sporting KC victory over New England, they could very well drop to third in their division.
So what went wrong? We turn to our game lessons to find out: