Week 10: Recapping Crew-Red Bulls

The Red Bulls went into Columbus and were thoroughly outplayed, but still came away with the three points.

May 4, 2013: Crew 0, Red Bulls 1

Until I saw the highlights I didn't quite realize how thoroughly outplayed the Red Bulls were. But there it was, chance after chance from the Columbus Crew and no goals. The Red Bulls were back on their heels the whole game, but Tim Cahill headed one home, snatching all three points.

It's kind of hard to put into words just how little business the Red Bulls had winning that game. The Crew had more shots and more of the ball and some really, really good chances. The Red Bulls best players were translucent at best and invisible at worst. Their goal was a bit fluky.

But it counted and that's what matters. It feels a bit like yesterday's game was a give-back for the home opener against D.C. United, where D.C. had no business taking anything away a point, but did anyway.

Positives

  • A lot of people talk about how questionable Luis Robles is in goal, but he was great yesterday. Also, he's been great at stopping penalties in his time as a Red Bull. He also stopped one in the playoffs against D.C. last year and the first of Chris Wondolowski's penalties earlier this season. Granted, the latter doesn't really count, but there shouldn't have been a retake...
  • Cahill's two goals last week seems to have turned on the scoring spigot for the Australian midfielder.
  • The Red Bulls have won four of their last five.

Negatives

  • Speaking of Robles' penalty saves, that was a dumb tackle on the part of Brandon Barklage to give Federico Higuain a chance to take the lead. And you could tell Barklage knew it as soon as the whistle blew.
  • Juninho didn't have a great game and neither did Thierry Henry. Fabian Espindola was alright...

Notable Quotes

Robles, via the New York Post...

I think for us that this was a huge road win. It's one of those wins that we can look back and know that we can be that team if we need to gut it out for 90 minutes and just scrap to somehow find a goal - we're able to do that. By doing that today, we know, and we can be confident for the rest of the season, as a team, that we're capable of that.

Cahill, via the Post...

[Luis] Robles is a great goalkeeper, and like I said to him last week, it's going to happen throughout the year where certain players make mistakes. We're a team, we get each other out of it, and this week he got Brandon [Barklage] out of it from giving a penalty away - at the end of the day, that's what a team is all about. That's what I always say to these guys. It's not about individuals; it's about biting the bullet together and that's what we did today. It was a great save, and then in the end to nick the win like we did, overall it was fantastic. Difficult pitch to play on, very sticky, the wind was awful, with a nice crowd and nice stadium.

Relevant Statistics

Crew Statistic Red Bulls
15 Attempts on Goal 7
5 Corners 4
10 Fouls 18
9 Crosses 12
74% Passing Accuracy 71%
52.4% Possession 47.6%

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