FROM EAST LEADERS TO SHIELD CONTENDERS…
With last night’s victory, the Red Bulls are second in the East – two behind Sporting KC. More surprising, however, is their standing for the Supporters Shield – a mere three points behind an explosive San Jose side.
One can dissect the losses and victories this season and find fault (and a bit of luck) throughout many a result. Nevertheless, the Red Bulls are showing a characteristic that many a championship side displays – fortitude. No matter how ugly, or how daunting the circumstances (even the self imposed ones!), the Red Bulls find a way to three points.
Their 13-5-7 record is only made more impressive by the fact that they have won despite a porous defense. Their 36 goals against puts them amongst the top six worst offenders in the league. Home advantage has played a significant role for the team, making it almost imperative that they secure a top spot heading into what will be a contentious playoff atmosphere.