And we're back were we belong! Supporting the New York Red Bulls @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). A massive, dominant performance, in the 2015 Season home opener (against the most hated of rivals) and it's our first victory of the season.
Goals from (who else) Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mr. Lloyd Sam, on either side of the half, ensured that it was three points to the good. The Scum from DC couldn't even score a gift of a penalty awarded to them at the death. But the best part: our team looked pretty damn good. And, look Ma : No Superstars at all!
Even with a makeshift backline (due to injuries), the Red Bulls looked composed, played dynamic up-tempo football, rarely lost their shape and pressed their opponents hard. They're really buying into Jesse Marsch's "This Is An Energy Drink" philosophy of dictating the game from the get-go.
Dax McCarty was a monster in midfield. Absolutely my Man of The Match (with all due respect to the actual MoTM winner Bradley Wright-Phillips), Captain Dax was massive. As important, Lawrence, Miazga, Perrinelle and Duvall looked solid at the back. Yes, even Miazga looked solid at the back.
Felipe also showed flashes of the fight we got from Eric Alexander (broke up the play and started the counter that led to our 2nd goal) as well as the creativity that he can bring to this "Side". On the other side of the coin, our big signing from this off-season was not so good. Seriously, Sacha Klejstan, you need to do better mate!
Please see the video on top for drunken pre-match and half-time comments/predictions. Please click here for full-time comments. You can click here for great album from photographer extraordinaire Matt Kremkau (slide show here)
This win was another great step to putting a most trying off-season behind us. As the team has, I've bought-in. I'm in Jesse Marsch's Red Army now. Long Live Mike Petke but he's not here anymore. Time to move on and support the team. Get Stuck In Lads!