Monday, April 22, 2013

RBNY vs Revolution: Remembrance & Victory

On a day that will be remembered for MLS Supporters Unity, the New York Red Bulls routed the New England Revolution by a 4-1 margin. The day began with a unified contingent of RBNY and Rev Supporters marching to The Cathedral of Football in a show of solidarity with the city of Boston, the recent scene of a despicable terrorist attack that left several dead and scores injured. The emotional opening ceremonies included the teams marching out to 'Dirty Water' and a moment of silence to remember the victims. Then it was time to get down to business.

The first eight minutes saw a Red Bulls goal, a Red Bulls own goal, then another Red Bulls goal (McCarty, Barklage & Espindola, respectively). After a pretty good RBNY 1st half, the teams went into the locker rooms with that 2-1 scoreline. The first 30 minutes of the second half would see the Red Bulls, inexplicably, allow Revs to dictate most of the play. This spell would be all Revs and the Red Bulls will consider themselves lucky to not have conceded one, or even two goals. Despite the massive Revs pressure, Thierry 'Le Roi' Henry would score another of his patented golazos and put the game effectively out of our opponent's reach. Jonny 'The Man Of' Steele added an insurance goal, late in the match, and the rout was complete.

A much needed victory, although not very convincing. Several Rev players cut through the RBNY backline like butter and only poor finishing by them kept us in the game. Tim Cahill, once again, missed a sitter and, for unknown reasons, was substituted in the 60th minute. That said, Tim had a pretty good game, in the center of midfield, otherwise and we all look forward to him starting to bang them in on a regular basis. Eric Alexander, Jonny Steele and (super-sub) Lloyd Sam had pretty good games as well, Espindola returned to his scoring ways and Henry is still Henry. Even 'Rocket' Roy Miller looked, dare I say it, competent (and for the third straight game too). The future's so bright we gotta wear shades!

Please click on the video, on top, for outrageous drunken comments and predictions. Please click here for my photo album (slide show here). Here's a great photo album, courtesy of Bob Larson (slide show here).

That's it for me! Hope to see you all soon @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). The big viper is outta here!


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