Red Bulls, Timbers play to scoreless draw

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The post-Lloyd Sam era begins with a dud for the New York Red Bulls.

Despite a late push for the winner, New York fell short against the defending MLS Cup champions, settling on a scoreless draw at Red Bull Arena.

Portland enjoyed the best opportunity in an even first half. Nat Borchers flicked a ball on to Lucas Melano in the 12th minute. His curling effort forced Luis Robles into action, stretching for a right handed save to clear the ball from danger.

The Red Bulls, meanwhile, suffered a pair of vital setbacks. Gideon Baah pulled up lame in the 21′ and was carried off the field via stretcher, opening the doors for Damien Perrinelle to make his regular season debut. Minutes later, Dax McCarty was nearly taken out of the match after a collision with Fanendo Adi. Despite what appeared to be a bloody mouth, McCarty fought away team doctors and continued in the match with a puffy and bruised left cheek.

Portland put a scare into the Red Bulls in the 56′, with Ben Zemanski floating his effort from 30 yards out, beating Robles, but hitting frame. One minute later, a Gonzalo Veron cross found Mike Grella all alone in the area, but his one time volley soared over the net.

Following a Bradley Wright-Phillips blast over the bar, Veron made way for Alex Muyl in the 70th minute. New York picked up the pace of their attack, culminating in a point blank Felipe shot on Gleeson that was expertly handled by the young keeper.

Felipe put a scare into Portland in the dying minutes of added time, sending a quick shot on Gleeson that was pushed to safety. Despite further forays into the offensive zone, New York could not find their finish.

The Red Bulls (7-9-2, 23 pts.) host Orlando City this Wednesday at Red Bull Arena.

 

 

  • slowleftarm

    What an exciting game even if there were no goals. Top flight action at its best.

    • Smith

      I was at the game and it was unwatchable. Atrocious play from both sides. Very negative soccer.

    • William

      This was American soccer at its worst completely unwatchable.

  • Jonnycat

    Zubar, Veron, Baah, Lade, Zizzo….does anyone get held accountable in the organization for these kinds of choices?? And this organization wants to be taken seriously?

    • Sammy the Red Bull

      Unfortunately Baah has been hurt alot, but so far Veron is the only one not living up to the contract. Zubar, Lade, Rizzo and guys like that are not meant to be star players. They are your run of the mill league players, every team has guys like that.

      Right now we are too reliant on BWP to score goals and he needs help. So far the physicality and the pressing game that NYRB play has not suited Veron.

    • William

      This franchise is a joke really.

  • Maso

    From where I was sitting it looked like Dax was arguing with Zubar. Veron was pretty much useless.

  • Gotham knight

    I feel bad for the west conference teams, they are the best in MLS and the east has mediocre teams that can win an MLS cup if everything goes their way.
    I just don’t get it……
    What’s the difference, the front office, money, scouting, time zone.
    So no matter how sucky the east teams are, they have a huge of advantage of winning MLS cup just like cry baby lebron did in the east.
    No way lebron can survive in the west conference.

  • Eric

    This is a bunch of clowns

    • Llyod\’s suitcase

      It’s “These are” if you don’t want to look like a clown yourself.

      • Jspeech

        Hey jerk RB is done its over

        • Llyod\’s suitcase

          Improper punctuation. It should read like this. Hey Jerk! RB is done (comma) it (apostrophe) s over (period) . I give you an F for grammar and a U for poor content. I’ll spell it out since you’re slow, F U.