A tale of two halves produces a 4-1 Red Bulls win in Columbus.
Maybe the New York Red Bulls aren’t quite as good as they played the first sixty minutes on Saturday. Maybe the Crew decided to finally show up in the sixtieth minute to give New York a game after falling behind by three. It’s also possible the Red Bulls packed it in at the end of the game. Yes, the Red Bulls won the game in Columbus, but the Crew showed just how inconsistent RBNY can be.
Looking for their first road win of the season, the Red Bulls turned to Kenny Cooper to provide a spark early as he scored goals in the 3rd and 13th minutes. The Red Bulls controlled the action in the first half to the tune of 62% possession. Easily the best half of soccer of the season, Thierry Henry scored early in the second half and the game was seemingly in hand. The Crew didn’t give up, though, bringing the heat for the final thirty minutes of the game and sending over a dozen shots at keeper Ryan Meara. If not for some great saves, this game could have taken an unbelievable turn for Columbus fans, but no one in a yellow shirt could finish.
In the 88th minute, the Crew finally managed a goal, and Thierry Henry’s entire demeanor changed. The team captain led the team down field, and calmly tucked away this league leading seventh goal in the net in the 90th minute to seal the game. Henry wore his emotions on his sleeve after the goal, clearly amped up. After the game, he told reporters “they should have come back into the game, if they put the ball in the back of the net it could have been 3-3. That’s why I was a bit (deleted) when I put it in the back of the net…” Henry earned his third consecutive MLS Player of the Week nod for his two goal and one assist performance in Ohio.
While the Red Bulls came away with a win, their third consecutive victory and first win on the road this season, everyone on the team beginning with the team captain saw that the composure defensively could have been better. They will get another chance to play a complete defensive game and earn the first clean sheet of the year when they host the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night. Until then, take a listen to the Red Bulls Report below.