Five Lessons: New York Red Bulls 2-2 Columbus Crew

(Photo By: Rob Tringali, Courtesy New York Red Bulls)

(Photo By: Rob Tringali, Courtesy New York Red Bulls)

Controversy, late game heroics and an unbeaten streak lives on.

That seems to be the story with the New York Red Bulls.

This time, it was Jamison Olave who took centerstage and stole a point out of the mouth of defeat against a tough and inspired Columbus Crew. A dubious penalty call by referee Geoff Gamble put New York in tough position. However, as they have done so many times under the Petke era, the team regrouped and came back for a surprise result – even if they looked weak in the process.

“Listen, we’ve had a very good run so far,” head coach Mike Petke said. “It’s still good we’re still unbeaten. Today, I would say by their estimation as well, it wasn’t good. It goes on me as well as a coach, maybe I didn’t prepare them right this week. Maybe we underestimated them. Or just maybe it was just one of those days you have, you know? Yeah we bounced back, we’re down 2-1 at home, of course we’re going to look decent in those moments because we’re pushing everyone forward, but the standard wasn’t, from everything, from the coaches to the players, it wasn’t where it should be today.

It was another telling result for this eternally surprising side. Here are this week’s Five Lessons:

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  • Strange how better service is needed but we rarely see Sam.

  • Gruff and Manly Bob

    I think we don’t see Sam as often because Petke wants guys that can perform box to box. Sam lacks stamina. His attitude and hustle are getting better but he burns out quickly. When you have him and Juninho on the field at the same time, it’s a defensive liability after a certain amount of minutes. Juninho has difficulty defending in MLS, and Sam is serviceable when he can get back but often too often doesn’t come back to help.