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

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Wilman Conde and Jan Gunnar Solli returned to a bolstered Red Bull lineup, greatly contributing to the team’s dominating victory.

Conde teamed with Markus Holgersson to form a towering duo in the heart of the defense. Heath Pearce, who scored his first goal as a Red Bull, lined up on the left while Barklage continued at the right side of the defense, pushing Solli to midfield.

For Conde, the return went better than expected. “(Conde is a) different class, phenomenal. He’s a massive centerback. Now fingers crossed that he stays fit,” Backe said.

The Colombian defender wasn’t the only solid contributor. Recent replacement heroes Connor Lade and the aforementioned Barklage played a vital role in controlling the tempo, while a returning Solli shined playing his third different position of the year. Even some of the unused substitutions made their debuts in a complete performance by New York.

“Connor Lade, phenomenal goal, but he has showed almost the whole preseason and the beginning of this MLS league that he is a player for the future,” Backe said. “Jonathan Borrajo got some minutes, Ryan Maduro minutes, even Jhonny Arteaga. It will help us for the future when we are going into September, October, November.”

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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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