Indifferent Red Bulls’ Performance Hands Union First Win At RBA

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS
Staff Writer

The Philadelphia Union defeated the New York Red Bulls 2–0 Sunday afternoon, recording their first ever win at Red Bull Arena in eight tries.

Vincent Nogueira opened the scoring in the second half for the Union by re-directing Cristian Maidana’s shot past Luis Robles in the 57th minute. CJ Sapong added the second goal five minutes later, tapping in Fabinho’s cross into an open goal after the Brazilian left back led the counterattack with a 50-yard run down the left wing.

The result contradicted the overall play, with the Red Bulls enjoying 66% of the possession and completing over 250 more passes than the Union. Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch said the Red Bulls were simply unlucky to score in the first half.

“We knew that Philly were solely going to sit back and try and counter,” Marsch said. “In the end, we weren’t good enough at what we do and we weren’t able to be sharp enough around the goal. Obviously, if we get the lead, I think it’s a very different game.”

The Red Bulls gained control of the match early but struggled to find a way through the Union’s defensive lines. Their best chance of the half came just before halftime when Mike Grella jinked past two defenders at the left wing byline, with his curled shot hitting the far post. The Union’s efforts in clogging the midfield proved successful as the Red Bulls replaced Dax McCarty with Dane Richards in an effort to have their wingers drive the buildup.

Midfielder Sacha Kljestan said the team’s performance in the second half was lackluster.

“We’re going to have games where our attack lets us down a little bit and we’re pretty unlucky to not get a goal,” Kljestan said. “We still need to be able to be sharper on the ball and be better defensively and not give up so much space. In a game like tonight’s where we can’t get a goal, we need to do a better job of keeping it 0-0 and not give up a goal.”

Midfielder Felipe also lamented the Red Bulls’ defensive breakdowns and the team’s costly giveaways during the second half.

“I think in the beginning of the season, we caught a lot of teams off guard,” Felipe said. “Teams now gameplan for us and they understand that we have quality players in the final third and they found a way to frustrate us. We continue to talk about having patience in the final third and because we have a lot of quality, it’s only a matter of time before it happens but there’s definitely a lot of frustration here.”

The Red Bulls now have one win in their last six games only scoring more than one goal in a game once in that span.

The Red Bulls remain in third place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points through 11 games. They will take on the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday May 31 at 5 pm.

  • James

    There’s no excuse for such a lackadaisical performance. The players and coaches should be ashamed. This was an utter and complete disaster to put it mildly.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, was that disgusting. The true NYRBs are beginning to show. Spanked at home by a Edu-less Union team? Petke never lost to Philly at RBA! :)

    One win since Apr 17, and THAT over last place NYCFC… at home… by 1 goal. 4pts in May??? The honeymoon is over Jesse. :/

    Marsch’s RBs = 1.55
    Petke’s RBs = 1.65

    3 of next 4 vs West 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams. :(

    Heard AC on Seeing Red. Plans no moves? He says “he’s getting a love of love from fans”? Clueless. :O

  • Anonymous

    Kristian D says on BAS that Roy Miller was solid. WHAT?! He sucked balls! Watch his pathetic play on the 2nd goal! Jog much Miller??? Break a sweat Miller??? Lazy ass. MetroFanatics rated him worst player on the field at a season low 3.8.

    Is Kristian a company patsy or what? Have some more kool aid KD.

  • dont worry they’ll still make the playoffs in this ridiculous league hahahaha!! Mediocre performance in an utterly mediocre league. Objectively speaking,can anyone honestly say they can expect anything more from the RB they have assembled? They’ve done as much as they can,and a lot to Marsch’s credit,but this is it people. They simply don’t have the horses to do any better and sadly reality is quickly setting in….

    • Anonymous

      agreed. if the playoffs were today, 2 of the 12 teams are .500 and 2 others have losing records. the regular season is meaningless, ridiculous, a joke.

      marsch caught a few teams early by surprise with the high pressure. easy to do in weather-friendly spring with only 5 games in 6 weeks. lots of rest. they cant do it now and its only may. team is wearing down already (perinelle, Lawrence) wait until july-aug.

      fortunately, if the league playoffs is a joke, the east is even worse. revs and dcu are only threats. rb will probly get knocked out by either of those two.

      in the ss race, nyrb is in that 7th-13th group with only 4 wins. mls should, but wont move the red line back to top 4. top 6 makes more money for the first few rounds, but kills attendance for the regular season b/c who wants to watch dreck like yesterday when u know your team is making the playoffs anyway?

      • Finally a voice of reason emerges from the RB wilderness