Another massive, massive fixture and another massive, massive RBNY victory against the visiting Columbus Crew. Three points to "Los Taurinos" and that much closer to another Supporter's Shield title (and the MLS Cup home-field advantage that comes with that honour).
And victory was the only acceptable result, with Metro/RBNY Legend Mike Petke making his emotional return to The Cathedral of Football. With an ad-hoc backline (with both Matt Miazga and Kemar Lawrence out of this one) this was easier said than done.
In the 9th minute, the Red Bulls conceded the cheapest goal that I can remember, with a ball that was about to drop into Luis Robles' hands being headed into the goal by Damien Perrinelle. But the reply was swift, with Lloyd Sam sticking in a 12th minute equalizer (after a great effort by Mike Grella). Bradley Wright-Phillips would score the game winner in the 21st and it was three points to the good.
Although there were long stretches of beautiful, Champagne Football (or Arsenal-like football, as I like to say) by our boys, there were also lots of turnovers in this one. But, at the end of the day, the job of containing the League's leading scorer was accomplished. To be honest witcha, anytime you can do that is a good day at the office.
Click on the video, at the top, for the usual drunken comments/predictions.
We're (Taurine) dreaming of "The Shield" mates! Two games coming up against mid-table teams and another two against bottom-feeders. There's no reason... Ok, well, I'm not gonna go there and Jinx it. If "The Shield" isn't in the cards this season, I do like our "getting out of the East" chances, as the Chicago Fire won't make the playoffs this year and Houston is now in the West ;).