Coming off of what might have been their most complete performance of the season against the Montreal Impact, the Red Bulls stayed true to from and laid a big fat egg in Toronto this past Saturday. Some might blame the midweek friendly against Lyon for New York's lackadaisical showing, but Toronto FC also played a midweek game (which they lost) against a struggling Chivas USA. So tired legs can't really be used as an excuse. The truth is simple; New York just isn't very good when playing away from Red Bull Arena. With almost half of the Red Bulls' remaining matches taking place on the road, it may be time to start worrying a bit.
If New York doesn't turn it around and start getting some points away from home, an already clustered Eastern Conference will start to slip away. The Philadelphia Union are currently sitting in fourth place, just one point behind the Red Bulls with 31 points. The Houston Dynamo (who New York still has to play twice...in Houston...in the Summer heat) aren't too far behind them with 29 points. Not to mention the fact that the New England Revolution are a completely different team with Juan Agudelo on the pitch. They certainly aren't anything to scoff at and can't be ruled out of playoff contention.
Mike Petke needs to figure out what the problem is and he needs to figure it out fast. At this point in the season, any kinks in the Red Bulls road form should have been ironed out. With a tough home match coming up against table leading Real Salt Lake followed by an even tougher match away at Kansas City, every point is going to count. It's still a bit premature to hit the panic button, but if New York doesn't figure out how to win a few matches on the road, it won't be to far off.