New York Red Bulls Away Woes Continue with Loss to Chivas
Added by Bryan Salazar on August 27, 2013.
New York Red Bull’s Tim Cahill and Dax McCarthy were the goal scorers for Sunday’s loss against Chivas USA. This loss put the Bulls tied in second place now with Sporting Kansas in the Eastern Conference.
It was a game that should have gone New York’s way. The team was looking to end their losing streak in away games on this night against a team that has been dubbed the worst team in the league this season.
The Red Bulls made an impactful start, cementing their strong presence against the weaker opponents from the first whistle.
In the 7th minute, the team had their first quality chance of the day when Thierry Henry sent a beautiful through pass that got away from the defense and found Fabian Espindola. Espindola, however, was unable to set himself up with a good touch, losing the ball to the aggressive Dan Kennedy when he came out from his lines and blocking any chance the Argentine had.
Thierry Henry posted two assists in the loss against Chivas
In the 21st minute, Espindola was at it again, but was beautifully denied by Kennedy. Henry, again, found Espindola with another cross into the box. Espindola tapped the ball before it would be deflected from Kennedy waning off the danger.
The deadlock broke in the 29th minute when Chivas USA forward Julio Morales scored with a left footed strike from outside the 18 yard line that New York Red Bulls Luis Robles could not reach in time.
New York immediately cancelled out Chivas’ goal with a response of their own just one minute later. In the 30th minute, Henry delivered the ball from a corner kick, finding a jumping Cahill in the air above his defender, where Cahill would then head the ball precisely to the right side of the net, hitting the post then going in. This was Cahill’s seventh goal of the season, leveling himself with Henry and Espindola with the most amount of goals on the team.
Just before the break, NYRB found themselves in a terrible position when a penalty was called upon them. Erick “Cubo” Torres was brought down by Bull’s defender Ibrahim Sekagya in the box. Torres stepped up to the spot and converted his penalty, giving Chivas the lead at the break.
Dax McCarthy fending off two Chivas defenders
Torres would score again in the 81st minute when he collected a rebound and made the most of his opportunity, making the score 3-1.
McCarthy was able to narrow the deficit to just a goal when he scored in the 85th minute with a powerful header, but that would be the last impact the Red Bulls would contribute until the final whistle was blown, ending a sorrowful and regrettable day for the team that would surely bring distaste to their own fans.
Head coach Mike Petke apologized to the fans for their level of play against Chivas.
“I apologize for that loss,” Petke told MSG after the match. “We lost to one of the worst teams in the league. We had many chances, we didn’t capitalize on them, made some mistakes and had no creativity in the second half. We looked like we were confused out there.”
The New York Red Bulls will look to forget this game as soon as they can when they host their arch-rivals DC United in Harrison this Saturday night.
The game will be broadcasted on 1050 AM (ESPN Deportes) and NBC sports 8 P.M EST.