Red Bulls Grab a Disappointing Tie, 0-0
Added by Bryan Salazar on July 22, 2013.
After crushing Montreal four to zero and grabbing a tie against highly prestigious Lyon from France, the New York Red Bulls saw themselves losing momentum. Their confidence plummeted after tying against one of the worst teams in MLS.
New York midfielder Johnny Steele trying to take the ball away from Toronto.
New York predicted before this game that it would be an easy win for them that would earn them the first place standing in the Eastern Conference. However, they played horribly and left fans and their head coach Mike Petke scratching their heads. This was the same team that pulled off a performance of the season just a week ago, yet failed to play fluently and strongly against a team that was only able to pull off two wins this season, and deemed one of the worst throughout the whole league.
“Not impressive, not impressive at all,” a clearly frustrated Petke told reporters when asked about his thoughts on the match. “Toronto had the right mentality and we didn’t. If you play this game on paper, we win this game, but this game is not played on paper.”
The Red Bulls showed almost no urgency throughout the whole game, and for a team that boasts on being one of the best offensive teams in the MLS, they were only able to scuff up just one shot in goal throughout the whole game, which seems just a little bit confounding and disappointing at the same time. The only shot that was on target was provided by New York forward Thierry Henry in the 4th minute, which means that for 86 minutes the Red Bulls failed to even challenge the goalkeeper.
Thierry Henry fails to score against Toronto, one of the worst teams in the league.
Clearly, there is a lot Petke will need to work on, especially the front end of the team if they want to consider themselves serious candidates to win the MLS Cup. New York was able to score four goals against one of the top teams in MLS, so they are more than capable of scoring goals. The question is how can they keep themselves consistent week in and week out? Whatever the answer is, surely that will be the one that could make the Red Bulls a threat in the playoffs.
“Coming off a 4-0 thrashing of Montreal, where we were flying on all cylinders and to come here and play like this, I’m honestly confused,” said Petke. “I don’t know. I’ll throw a cliché out there: It’s back to the drawing board.”
New York will hope to find an answer sooner rather than later when they host Real Salt Lake, the leaders of the Western Conference and a team that will punish their opponents on their mistakes.
The game will be broadcasted on MSG and 1050AM (ESPN Deportes) on July 27, 7 P.M. EST.