With nearly all the makings of a trap game, the Red Bulls encounter against the Portland Timbersnearly became one.
Trotting out the same defensive line that held the Dynamo scoreless just a week ago, the Timbers made minced meat out of Roy Miller and Connor Lade on the wing backs early and often. A pair of unforced errors pushed New York as an overmatched Portland used their one key advantage on the aged Red Bulls side – speed.
A rare substitution early in the first half by Hans Backe changed the complexion of the match, and for the first time in nearly 10 years, the Red Bulls rallied from a two goal deficit to earn three points in an impressive 3-2 victory.
Though an admirable effort, there were clear signs of worry on the night for this potential MLS Cup contender. What did New York do right? Where did they go wrong? What did we learn?
Here are this weeks five lessons ….