New York Red Bulls vs. Harrisburg City Islanders: Recap & Reaction

Ryan Meara is cool.


There's not much to say about this game. The New York Red Bulls lost, 3-1, to the Harrisburg City Islanders after two goals from former Red Bull Sainey Touray, and are out of the US Open Cup. The Red Bulls didn't play badly, but were caught out on a couple of occasions and didn't have much luck.

New York kept the ball pretty well in midfield, and aside from the goals the defense looked very good. The Red Bulls didn't create loads of good chances, but they did carve out enough to win. Unfortunately, Kenny Cooper and Jhonny Arteaga couldn't finish the few chances they had. The two main talking points of the match will be yet another early-round Cup exit to a lower-division side and the horrendous non-call on an obvious handball in the box by a Harrisburg player during extra time. The former will probably re-start the dormant 'Fire Backe' rumblings, although, in truth, there wasn't much the manager could have done about this result. As for the latter....it's typical USSF refereeing.

The Red Bulls have a week and a half off before their next match, as they return to league play away to the Chicago Fire on June 17.

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