Five Lessons: New York Red Bulls 1-0 Columbus Crew

(Image, New York Red Bulls Facebook)

(Image, New York Red Bulls Facebook)

Yes, it was ugly, but the New York Red Bulls will take it.

Riding the efforts of the once dormant Tim Cahill and an inspired Luis Robles, New York surprised many as they stole three points from Columbus.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective … and telling. The Red Bulls are riding a winning streak for the first time all season and have done so with a slightly diminished squad. By all means, Columbus had the better of the play but New York, which has begun playing a more simplistic, opportunistic style on the road, did just enough to keep their road dominance alive.

The overall lesson of this match is that head coach Mike Petke and the team itself has abandoned their ideal approach of beautiful soccer and settled into something a bit more productive. Much like Robles’ save on a penalty shot covered Brandon Barklage’s ugly mistake, earning three points on the road certainly has a way of making things look brighter – and the team embraces that ideal.

Here is how the ugly yielded to productive in this week’s “Five Lessons:”

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