Total crap! After three weeks off from MLS play, and after Coach Petke's 'No Excuses' comment earlier in the week, the Red Bulls played their worst game of the season and were humiliated by the Philadelphia Union to the tune of a 3-0 spanking. That score line actually flattered RBNY, as it should have been 3-0 in the first half alone. Yes, we were down a man through a moment of Lloyd Sam studs-up madness, but this team had nothing. Nothing before the sending off and nothing after. Philadelphia beat the Red Bulls to every 50/50 ball, got to virtually every corner first and just plain wanted this one more.
I won't go into which players really sucked, as I've been told there is too much of that going on. Let's just say that this one is best forgotten quickly. A home game against Houston is up next, so hopefully Coach Petke can get this lack of balls sorted quickly and get the team back to winning ways. It would go a long way to appeasing the 700 traveling supporters (including myself) who showed up to this one and were shocked when their team decided not to.
Please see the video up top for pre-match & half-time comments and predictions. Please see the video below for post-match analysis, including a great rant from Matt Conroy (aka Who Shot Sam) and a classic one from the great You Suck Corrales. Please click here for my photo album (slide show here) and click here for a great one from Matt Kremkau (slide show here).
Finally, I must tip my fedora to the great people of the Viking Army, who arranged this epic trip. A pre-match Kegs and Eggs tailgate at Red Bull Arena, with lots of great food and drink, Scarves, Bus transportation to Chester and a ticket to the game - all for $30. How is that even possible? Chupi and Benny (and Chef Jeff + his crew), you are the best!
That's all for me. I hope to see you all this coming Sunday @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). The big viper is outtahere!