The atmosphere was electric, with Red Bulls fans covering The Cathedral of Football in red and bringing the noise throughout the match. Bradley Wright-Phillips got us going in the 4th minute and it was, mostly, all RBNY from that point. Miazga got his 2nd yellow mid-way through the first half but Mr. Marsch had prepared the team well for, at some point, having to play down a man.
In a way, the Taurine Lads seemed to play better with 10. Our boys sealed the victory when in the 52nd minute BWP struck for his 2nd of the game. It was a fantastic team goal and, to be honest witcha, almost Arsenal-like in execution. BWP should have had his hat-trick in the 66th but NYCFC keeper Saunders came up big, saving his shambolic back-line from further disgrace. Man City-Lite pulled one back late in the game, which made for a nervy finish, but the home team had this all the way.
A statement victory by the mighty Red Bulls that left everyone associated with NYCFC searching for answers. David Villa's "we've hit rock bottom" comment was especially sweet to read. The icing on the cake to what's turning out to be a nightmare season for NYCFC is that Mix Diskerud is sucking it up big time. At the end of the day, all is as it should be.
Photo courtesy of Matt Kremkau
What a fantastic time this one was and I'm already looking forward to the away leg @The House That Jeter Built. The Supporter's Sections were in top form. The great tifos and the non-stop support no doubt served as much inspiration for our boys to dig deep and achieve victory. And the twist and shout break was especially epic.
That's it for me! Hope to see you all soon @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). And, remember: This Is An Energy Drink! Ha, ha!
The big viper is outta here!