This is why the game isn’t played on paper.
The Montreal Impact and their 7-13-3 record would look to be steamrolled by the mighty first place Red Bulls and their impressive 11-5-5 tally. With Henry and Cooper up top (two of the top goal scorers in MLS) and a cast of characters heralded for their talent and depth, the result should have tilted in the visitors favor.
It didn’t. Not by a long shot.
The Impact owned New York for long stretches of the game, catching the visitors sleeping on the ball to open the second half and earning a pair of goals en route to an impressive 3-1 victory. The loss was a wake up call for the Red Bulls who have been riding a wave of euphoria since the signing of their newest Designated Player Tim Cahill.
This is a game the Red Bulls could learn a lot from. Here are five lessons to start with: