Red Bulls get it done with an “ugly” win

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

It was an ugly win — but the New York Red Bulls will take it.

That is how returning team captain Dax McCarty described Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

“Obviously I don’t need to talk about how unfortunate we’ve been in terms of giving up late leads,” said McCarty on his team’s road form. “For us to get a goal in the second half and see out a 1-0 win without conceding late is a big confidence booster for us and it’s something we certainly needed.”

McCarty, who had been out of action since July 31st, saw his first start since being sidelined with a fractured tibia. His inclusion didn’t help the team from surrendering opportunities to the Whitecaps but did help from seeing any of them burn the Red Bulls late in the game. This season New York has surrendered a number of road leads including recent two goal collapses to DC and Los Angeles.

The win over Vancouver may not have been pretty but the result shows that New York is able to grind out wins on the road. It is only their second of the season but extends the team’s 12 game unbeaten run in all competitions.

“We’ve played really well on the road in some games, but we’ve walked away with a point or less,” said head coach Jesse Marsch after the game. “For us to just find a way was really important.”

The team effort is their second straight shutout and was boosted by Bradley Wright-Phillips’ 17th goal of the season. New York is now in second place in the Eastern Conference and come home to the friendly confines of Red Bull Arena to play rivals DC United on Sunday.

  • troy

    Ugly is not the descriptor I would use. “Lucky as hell” is the one more appropriate for that win. That Hurtado guy on Vancouver pulled 3 or 4 “Wondos”, ala Wondolowski sitters in front of a Belgium net-style sitters.

    • Sammy the Red Bull

      I think you coined a new term, “Wondos” is definitely appropriate. Lucky as hell? Absolutely, but sometimes you need a little luck.

  • Soccer philosophy

    I can’t wait for the rb vs nycfc playoff game, it will be dirty and nasty. The more nycfc wins, the more pressure on red bull soda.
    Imagine a rb vs nycfc east championship game

  • Tim

    Why did BWP say “while I am here” twice and infer to “on the field/pitch” vs off the field/pitch and “just enjoy it while it’s happening” in his post game comments? This has me VERY concerned that BWP is thinking about leaving during the Curtis/March era.

    “It’s been a up-and-down ride,” Wright-Phillips said. “I know you guys only see on the field, but there’s a lot of things that’s happened in my time here. On the pitch I seem to be getting goals and I can only be thankful to the guys passing me the ball. Hopefully I can get some more while I’m here and just enjoy it while it’s happening”

    • troy

      He’s a very humble guy. I wouldn’t read anything into it. Red Bulls are not going to be looking to get rid of their all-time leading scorer. There’s no way.

      He was friends with Lloyd Sam and I’m sure when Sam was let go, BWP was not happy about it.

      • slowleftarm

        And your a RB fan you sound like a MORON !

        • slowleftarm

          What is wrong with you Angry Bill?

          • The Don

            Yes my son. Please wash my feet and stir the gravy.