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New York Red Bulls Show Their True Colors

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By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, June 1st: 4-0 Win

Welcome to June! I hear it likes to bust out all over… but I decided against Broadway musical themes this season, so I’ll just leave that there. The New York Red Bulls hosted Real Salt Lake in a cross-conference match at home in Harrison.

In a world full of people…

From the moment I arrived, there was a celebratory vibe outside the Stadium. There were Cirque du Soleil performers and traditional Portuguese dancers. I walked past a freestyle exhibition and games for kids. Music was playing, and fans were chatting. This is nothing new. But it felt…different. There were more kids than usual, probably indicative of the school year coming to an end. The fans were excited… because they hadn’t seen the team play in a week? Because former RBNY coach Mike Petke was returning to his old stomping grounds? Because fireworks were expected after the match?

Because fireworks of a different sort were expected during the match?

Don’t be discouraged…

The first half was rather sloppy on both sides of the ball. RBNY had twice as many shots on goal as RSL, but nothing found the back of the net. Red Bulls also had majority of possession, but it didn’t mean much of anything. And while I’ve touched a little bit on what the High Press style means, I may not have pointed out that it actually does not rely on possession. However, I know that in the last few games, the scales have tipped to New York in terms of possession. Maybe I just don’t know what things mean anymore…

Don’t be afraid to let them show…

Just when it may have seemed that nothing was going to happen… a lot of stuff happened. It all started with the forced own goal, courtesy of Michael Amir Murillo, in the 58th minute. Then, before the red smoke cleared, Daniel Royer caught a pass from Alejandro “Kakú” Romero Gamarra and scored the second goal just about one minute later. Not content to have only kinda caused a goal, Murillo came back for more. He scored the third goal in the 64th minute.

And that’s why I love you…

That really could have been the game, just at the 64th minute. Three goals in seven minutes would pretty much do it. Soon after the flurry of goals, defender Amro Tarek had to come off with an injury, with Sean Nealis replacing him. Royer and Alex Muyl made way for Omir Fernandez and Andreas Ivan. In the 83rd minute, Ivan crossed the ball to Fernandez, who buried the ball in the net for one last goal. So yeah– that could have been the game, nearly twenty minutes earlier. But that’s not how RBNY played it. They just kept going. And that is what fans want from their team.

RBNY travel to Talen Energy Stadium next week to face the Philadelphia Union.

(P.S. The kids out there will more likely know the Justin Timberlake/Anna Kendrick rendition for the movie “Trolls.” But this original is the one associated with the Pride movement being celebrated around the league in the month of June.)

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New York Red Bulls Foiled Again

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By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, March 30: 1-0 loss

NOTE: This one is kind of a deep dive. If you’re an actual Barenaked Ladies fan, you’ll know this one.

The New York Red Bulls faced the Chicago Fire at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Trying to bounce back from a loss at home, they were looking at the second team in a row who were desperate for a win. In their benevolence, RBNY accommodated the Fire.

How in every visible way you shine: Following the International Break, the Red Bulls were back to full strength. Center back Aaron Long worked some kind of mullet magic, in that the US Men’s National Team won the friendly he played in, but tied the one in which he didn’t. Defender Kemar Lawrence went ninety minutes for the Reggae Boyz while he had still been ruled out in league play. And Alejandro “Kakú” Romero Gamarra returned from his duty with Paraguay and a suspension for what is being called ‘a club matter.’

Almost impossible to malign: I have been reluctant to discuss Kakú. As the season was starting up, there was a potential issue where Gamarra was itching to make a move to Club America in Liga MX. It would be easier for his family to visit him in Mexico than it is now. He and his agent said they were not fully compensated for the peripherals that went into a transfer deal. And then there were a bunch of tweets and Instagram posts that seemed to indicate that Kakú was downright frustrated and unhappy. This belied posts from the team, showing him smiling and joking, as well as putting in serious work.

Some fans said his agent was crying over sour grapes trying to get more money out of the Red Bull Global coffers. It has put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth– and I don’t mean the Yellow Edition energy drink… blech. This time last year, Gamarra was nuestro hijo más precioso. He has to make a real effort to remind fans why that was the case.

But just below where you shine you burn: It usually is much easier to pick apart a win, because there’s so much great stuff going on. Picking apart a loss, while not very enjoyable, can at least be satisfying. At least then there are a number of mistakes and issues that are easy to identify and hopefully easy to correct when the team returns to training. Not so here. Captain Luis Robles was credited with four saves. RBNY dominated possession nearly 2 to 1. And while both teams won an even number of duels, it did nothing for the scoreline.

You’ll never rust but I’ll never know: Instead of a former Red Bull edging out the team in the scoreline, it was a current one. During a tussle in the box, defender Tim Parker accidentally chested and cleared a shot on the wrong side of the line. Parker was a bit off-kilter the entire match, quite honestly. Prior to the Orlando match, there were rumblings that he had been hurt the week before to the point of possibly being on the injury report. Maybe he was indeed powering through something.

You can shine like silver all you want: The team used their full silver kit for the first time in Bridgeview. But they didn’t have the shining performance they were capable of. While Bradley Wright-Phillips had some better moments than in previous matches, he has only found the back of the net once this season. Andreas Ivan and Mathias Jørgensen saw more minutes on the field, but could not make anything happen. Overall, they were just aluminum.

The New York Red Bulls return to Harrison and welcome DETHLOON… I mean, Minnesota United.

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Red Bulls and That Old Hollywood Magic

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Official NY Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, April 28: 2-3 Win

I’ve seen this movie.

The New York Red Bulls, smarting from their home loss, traveled to sunny California to face a team (LA Galaxy) that is growing desperate for a win, especially one at home.

So: was I going to see a classic Hollywood fairytale ending? Or a gritty and harsh plot resolution?

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

The big news this week was the re-signings of Homegrown player Sean Davis and Austrian International Daniel Royer to new MLS contracts. Both players have proven themselves integral to the team’s style of play, and fans are pleased with the move. Not that it was weighing on their minds, but it must be nice to know that at least your near future is secure.

Davis executes many of Captain Luis Robles‘s directives, the main reason people have issues with goalkeepers having the armband. And although Royer was yet to score this season, it was definitely not for lack of trying.

YER A WIZARD

From a logical standpoint, it wasn’t a very big deal. There are a lot of players who haven’t scored a goal this season. But Danny Royer is a certified goalscorer, only hampered by injury last season. In league play, Royer had been thwarted time and again. Until now: all the frustration has finally yielded a goal for Royer (7’).  (Same expletives came out of his mouth, but at least they were celebratory this time.)

And let’s not ignore that Bradley Wright-Phillips was credited with not one but two assists. For someone who is usually getting the pass, he’s giving pretty good as well.

VAR AND AWAY

Romain Alessandrini thought he had leveled the game in the 9th minute, but goals are automatically reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee. It was VAR that ruled Ola Kamara offside on the pass that became the assist.

I’ve never really given my opinion on VAR… because I don’t really have one. It’s too easy to hate it when it goes against your team and like it when it helps your team. So basically it’s a wash. RBNY coach Jesse Marsch was cautiously pleased with VAR as well:

I am used to not getting VAR so it was nice to get it. I don’t know enough about what happened so it is hard to make any comments on it.

COMEBACK KID

It was all going according to plan. The second half saw midfielder Florian Valot double the Red Bulls’ lead (49′). And then the old curse of “the most dangerous lead in soccer” reared its ugly head. Back to back Galaxy goals (Ola Kamara 59′ and Giovani Dos Santos 66′) brought the game level.

But it was a handball called in the box that provided the Red Bulls with the opportunity to seal the deal. The job fell to Kaku, who nailed it right where Galaxy GK David Bingham was diving to get the third goal and bring home three points.

THE LAST ACTION HERO

What? Did you think I was going to ignore Zlatan Ibrahimovic altogether? That might result in a yellow card for me!
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Of course, he was awesome and intimidating. He had words with defenders Kemar Lawrence and Aurelien Collin, not to mention the assistant referee. He played the full 90 and was present throughout the game, credited with the assists for both Galaxy goals.

In fact, I give him a lot of credit for being caught offside 4 times– that’s a man who is going after the game. I expect no less from Zlatan. His impact in MLS will only grow, and all of MLS will benefit from it.

The New York Red Bulls travel home to prepare for the latest installment of the Hudson River Derby.

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