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New York Red Bulls: Walk Me Home

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Official NY Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Sunday, July 21: 0-1 Win

Saturday, July 27th: 2-3 Loss

The great thing about writing articles like this is that I don’t have to be “alone with all that’s on my mind.” While there are a few things to unpack, at least I know that there are some folks out there who want to see what I have to say. Pardon the personal update: I just got back from my family vacation, and am about to embark on a new role with MLSFemale– Social Media Manager. My life is kind of in flux, but apparently that is my comfort zone.

Back to a better time

I didn’t really watch the game against Orlando with a reporter’s eye. Brian White had the lone goal of the game. But I do remember being nervous for much the game. While I’m not entirely down with all the lingo that pertains to soccer, I do know what it means to ‘park the bus.’ That’s what I saw in the second half of the game. I can’t really blame the Red Bulls– they were up by a goal, it was hot and humid, and the attack wasn’t firing on all cylinders. Get the three points and return to Harrison.

So what do you say we leave this place?

Easier said that done, apparently. It took the team an entire day to get home. The thunderstorms here in Jersey were messing with flights. Takeoff was delayed multiple times, and food vouchers were provided as a consolation. I know all this because RBNY defender Tim Parker documented the team’s travel issues in a series of tweets that are nothing short of Homerian.

Followers of international soccer know that some of the biggest clubs have a team plane the way a band has a bus or RV. But Major League Soccer insists teams travel commercial, and indeed only allow a certain number of chartered private flights per team per year.

This rule prevents some teams from spending way more money on travel than another. I get that. And since the team didn’t have a game for nearly a whole week, it wasn’t too bad. But speaking as someone who was away from home for two weeks, I absolutely understand the desire to be home.

There’s something in the way I wanna cry

I’ve said it before: the “Defend Our Fortress” thing doesn’t do it for me. Sure, Brian White struck first, and it was lovely. But before the South Ward could get out their first “WOO!” to celebrate, Luis Argudo netted a goal for Columbus.

The remainder of the first half was sloppy from RBNY. That’s not usually a concern; I could use a dollar for every time I discussed a “tale of two halves” when talking about the Red Bulls this season. So, they could regroup in the locker room at the half and come out swinging.

So much wrong going on

Midfielder Pedro Santos scored almost immediately at the start of the second half. The sloppiness continued from the Red Bulls. It took VAR for referee Fotis Bazakos to award a penalty to Daniel Royer for getting pulled as he tried to redirect a free kick. Royer tied the game again with his converted penalty kick. Salvaging a point by then seemed to be the best fans could expect.

Pedro Santos had other plans. He settled a ball goalkeeper Luis Robles had punched away and nailed it into the far side of the net in the 84th minute. The team by then was too frustrated and too far stretched to bring anything back. The Red Bulls saw their fourth home loss this season. So much for the fortress.

That makes me think we’ll make it out alive

Despite this ridiculousness, the Red Bulls are still fifth in the Eastern Conference. With the playoff line under the seventh team in each conference, it’s not so dire of straits.

But it doesn’t feel great. Not at the final whistle, or at the press conference, or in the locker room.

Toronto FC travel to Harrison Saturday, August 3rd. The last result between them was also not great, a 3-1 loss for the Red Bulls. Revenge would be ideal. So come on and show me how we’re good.

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New York Red Bulls’ Not-So-Cruel Summer

Official NY Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

May 25th: 0-2 win

It’s Memorial Day weekend! The unofficial start of summer. And there is so much soccer to be had in the coming weeks. While I’m waiting for the match to start, I wanted to take some time to reflect on RBNY-adjacent information.

I sit around trying to smile: Legendary striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has been out for most of the season so far with a groin injury. I had that problem once, and while I most likely wasn’t anywhere near as athletic at the time as BWP is now, I can tell you it’s a tricky thing. You think you’re okay, so you try to get back to normal and you end up back where you started. So, while I can’t say with any certainty that this is what’s keeping him out of the gameday rosters, it would be totally understandable.

And the team is still afloat despite his absence:

Leaving me here on my own: Six players have been called to international duty: Aaron Long & Kyle Duncan*, USA; Kemar Lawrence, Jamaica; Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Paraguay; Derrick Etienne, Jr., Haiti; and Michael Amir Murillo, Panama. That’s… a lot of RBNY defenders. Tim Parker, Amro Tarek, Sean Nealis, and Connor Lade will have to stay healthy and focused. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Alex Muyl return to the back line as necessary.

*Duncan could be held back by the team, but I don’t think that will happen.

The city is crowded: Now on to the match… I’m not alone in saying that I am very happy to see Cincinnati in MLS. The stadium was hopping, and so was the ball. Seriously– control was very difficult with the artificial surface. But it looked like a good time in the crowd. The Orange and Blue was prominent and the fans were plenty loud.

You found yourself: And it’s a good thing something was entertaining in the stadium, because the on-field action was mostly a huge yawn. For over seventy minutes, RBNY were unable to even get a shot on target. It took some clever substitutions from Chris Armas to turn things around. Alejandro “Kakú” Romero Gamarra scored in the 78th, and Brian White assisted Omir Fernandez to a goal in the 91st. All three of those players came off the bench. I mean… that’s just amazing. It’s like they pulled the win out of…. ahem– thin air.

It’s too hot to handle: Nineteen goals on the season; fifteen different goalscorers. The Red Bulls leapfrogged into third place in the Eastern Conference. It wasn’t long ago they were languishing in the basement. Like, I think it was last week. MLS is a fickle mistress, and we’re just along for the ride. Let’s hope the Red Bulls can keep this from being a cruel summer.

P.S. Let’s enjoy some ’80s-tastic tunes, shall we?

 

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