Five Lessons Learned: New York Red Bulls 3 – 0 Charleston Battery


Hans Backe wasn’t lying.

Last years epic failure in the US Open Cup has hung over this franchise, and particularly the current regime, like the alien ship from Independence Day. No matter how well things have been going, that performance has followed them like a shadow.

Yesterday, New York fielded one of their stronger line-ups in recent US Open Cup history and it showed. MLS’s top scorer Kenny Cooper led the Red Bulls who were bolstered by a starting eleven consisting of at least eight regular starters.

The result? Dominance.

“We did the job. I think we played decent,” Backe said. “They had a couple of chances. Overall, its not easy to beat these teams. They came out almost flying but we controlled it and I am pleased with this performance.”

Returning players enjoyed solid showings. Regulars played as if their jobs depended on it. Even spot starters excelled in a match that was played with the kind of relentless pressure of a Championship match.

If anything, Hans Backe is fortifying his season long message with this third round win; the Red Bulls are here to play.

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  • Dave – thanks much for posting NE high/lowlights. Sounds like the craziest game ever!
    Announcer was good too.

    RB – decent performance. Got the job done. Encouraging points as you noted.

    • Wish the Revs game would have been live streamed as well. Quite the finish. NY has their work cut out against the Isles.

  • Larry

    Great Result for NYRB

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