Decided to get my post game thoughts down quickly while they are still fresh. I will write a more thorough review tomorrow.
In my game preview I gave four issues that the team needed to fulfill in order to come out victorious against the crew. It isn't so much that the team played an awful game, because they didn't. The score doesn't tell the whole story and if you only go by the score, you'd assume the Red Bulls were severely outplayed.
The midfield played a very good game at moving the ball forward. They did a pretty good job at setting up the offense and created many attempts for our attackers. Juan Pablo Angel received his looks and had as two shots hit off a post/cross bar, a bicycle kick that if converted would no doubt have been featured on Sports Center, and a shot that went wide. The Red Bulls had numerous corner kicks and weren't able to put the ball in the net on any of them. It was very disheartening to watch.
Now for the points that need to be improved:
- Juan Pablo Angel needs to stop complaining/pouting when passes to him aren't perfect. He isn't hustling and that's a major issue for a captain to not play with heart. At this point, I think Mike Petke has more of the team's loyalty than JPA.
- It may be time to give Sutton some time in net. Bouna is making errors because of his lack of fundamental knowledge. Not only is his leg lacking, he's now throwing the ball to the other team. It's ridiculous and setting up the opposing team's attack.
- The team needs to sign a Brazilian player to garner any interest in the area. The stadium was empty tonight. I don't care about the "official numbers" because the reality is that the entire upper section is empty. I don't know how it looked on TV but in person, it was empty.
I'll post more when I wake up, but these are my innitial thoughts.