Red Bulls score, lose fourth straight match

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS MCKENZIE

The scoreless streak has ended, but another streak continues.

The New York Red Bulls dropped their fourth straight match, falling to the Colorado Rapids 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The Red Bulls came into tonight’s match vs the Colorado Rapids having scored in only one of their first six matches. Making matters worse was a snow storm that made the conditions much less than ideal for the type of tactics head coach Jesse Marsch employs regularly. In addition to the weather, the Rapids welcomed Jermaine Jones from his six match ban for his first match in a Colorado shirt.

The Red Bulls inserted Ronald Zubar back into the Starting XI after his recovery from a hamstring injury. Along with Zubar, Marsch decided to start homegrown Alex Muyl as part of the expected roster rotation, taking the place of struggling winger Lloyd Sam.

However, it was Jermaine Jones that put his thumbprint on the match early. Jones, traditionally deployed as a defensive midfielder, filled an attacking role for coach Pablo Mastroeni’s squad. With three Red Bulls defenders ball watching, Jones slipped a ball passed keeper Luis Robles uncontested to open the scoring in the 22nd minute.

The Red Bulls finished the half once again down by a goal, and facing the possibility of losing a fourth match in a row – a stark possibility after 322 minutes of scoreless soccer.

Marsch’s troops came out in the second half more engaged in the match, and that focus paid off.  After a corner kick turned into a broken play, Kljestan managed to pick out the head of Zubar, who put the ball passed Rapids keeper Zach McMath.

Zubar’s goal resulted in a palpable sigh of relief by New York, ending the Red Bulls 337 minute drought. His shot was immediately followed up by a rocket of a shot from Kljestan.

New York’s midfield spent a large portion of the balance of the match controlling the tempo. The defensive organization seemed to be sharper, the passing in transition seemed to have a rhythm that was largely missing from the previous six matches.  Nevertheless, the match provided scary moments for New York. With the snow still falling, Robles was called on to make two sparkling saves, and defender Karl Ouimette contributed, clearing away a rebound.

The Rapids reclaimed the lead in the 80th minute. Jones caused Zubar to turn the ball over, opening space for Dominique Badji to sneak the ball into the far post.

Immediately after the goal, Zubar and Kljestan left the match for Anatole Abang and Connor Lade. Additionally, Ouimette sustained a knock shortly thereafter, and Marsch inserted Lloyd Sam into the match.

With both centerbacks out of the match, it was clear that the Red Bulls intended to fight until the very end for an equalizer. With six minutes of stoppage time, the opportunity was there, but New York was unable to create any meaningful chances.

The Red Bulls return home to face Orlando City SC on the national stage on Sunday April 24th.

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  • Fluke

    The fluke that was last year keeps on truckn. Lets have another marketing stiff hold a press conference about fhe great team we have.

    • Darin Kato

      I am not spending my time or money with this trainwreck.

  • EPL fan

    this team is soo organic now where is my kimshu