Monday, May 2, 2011

RBNY vs Sporting: Chuffed!

And 'Over The Moon' as well! Not just because that mass murderer Osama Bin Laden is now dead (but thank you for that, Mr. President). Chuffed because, on Saturday, the Red Bulls recorded a 1-0 victory over Sporting KC. Luke Rodgers was, once again, the hero, as his first half strike gave RBNY it's third straight victory. For those of you keeping track, that's eight goals scored in the last three games, with none conceeded.

Dwayne DeRosario, who's been dormant the last few games, quickly came alive and won us a penalty. Said penalty was promptly missed by Rafa Marquez, but DeRo would get another chance to weave his magic. In the 22nd minute, Rafa Marquez (looking to make ammends) quickly took a free kick, which found Thierry Henry. With the most deft of touches, TH14 found a streaking DeRo on the right. The Canadian Midfield Wizard then put in a patented low cross, between the goalkeer and the last KC defender, that Rodgers did well to stick into the back of the net.

The rest of the first half was all Red Bulls, with the scoreline not getting way out of hand due to several key saves by KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. The second half was a different story all together. At the half, Mr. Backe was forced to replace Rodgers and defensive midfield stalwart Teemu Tainio due to knocks and yellow cards. For whatever the reason, the Red Bulls lost the majority of the possession they enjoyed in the first half and Kansas City came close to the equalizer. Close, but no cigar - as the saying goes.

Please click on the video above for pre-match comments and predictions. You can click here for the half-time and full time comments. Please click here for my photo album or click here for the slide show. You can click here for a nice photo gallery from the official site. And here's a nice facebook photo album, courtesy of Covering Soccer.

Photo Credit: Dan Dickinson

A fantastic atmosphere at this one. It was good to have over 20K in attendance, one again, @The Cathedral of Football. The South Ward was in fine form, with non-stop singing, and flag waving, throughout the game. The Supporters also honored the recently retired MetroBulls legend Mike Petke with tifos (above) and the #12 mosaic. I'm sure Big Mike was chuffed as well.

The Red Bulls honored Petke with a victory, the great You Suck Corrales showed off his tattoo and Solli did his Toro Loco victory dance again. A great day out, without a doubt! This guy in the building might have been a bit much, but whatever. That's it for me - viper Out!
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