Sporting Kansas City walked into Red Bull Stadium and made it their home last night…once again. Both teams need to stop meeting like this, really. An early goal in the 13th minute by Aurelian Collin was all they really needed to hold down the Red Bulls for the rest of the game. SKC proved once more why they haven’t lost in this meetup since 2011. They know what to do to control the game and how to disarm Thierry Henry.
Red Bulls head coach, Mike Petke stated, “That’s a good team we played. Kansas City are a very good team – on both ends of the ball.” Petke would go on to say, “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game.”
What game is ever easy for New York? Ah yes, how could we forget the win against DC United, now if only that had translated to another win last night – we would all be so happy today.
This game did give us highlights on both teams and the future of the USMNT with performances from SKC’s Matt Besler and NYRB fan favorite, Dax McCarty. Matt held his own against Thierry Henry and was able show why he’s getting called up for the National Team. We also saw that when Costa Rica’s Roy Miller is in good form – he can be dangerous when he connects with his teammates. The Red Bulls are still a work in progress but can do great things when they communicate.
Juninho was being Juninho last night which was safe to say that no matter how hard he tried to feed the ball – it still didn’t translate to a goal. The Brazilian would have a late game meltdown and end a banner night in a bad way. SKC’s Jimmy Nielsen was slow to a dead ball in extra time, Juninho jogged over to the ball and took a shot to the Danish keeper’s chest, sending Nielsen to the floor. Juninho earned a red and will be unavailable for Saturday’s match against New England.
The game while frustrating did have a special moment when supporters unveiled a banner for the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. Players and coaches from both teams also wore armbands in tribute for victims. It was a heartfelt reminder for those in attendance of the tragedy but also a reminder to fans and supporters that all teams could stand together in these sad times.
We did see an injury early on for Jamison Olave with Heath Pearce subbed in to play. Head coach, Mike Petke downplayed Olave’s injury, we will see if he’s back in the lineup when New York takes on the Revolution this weekend on ESPN.
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