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3 Thoughts: Red Bulls steal a point at home against Toronto FC

The Red Bulls drew their first league game after the World Cup break.

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup Hangover

The New York Red Bulls seemed to suffer from a World Cup hangover, as they game out sustaining a lot of pressure from Toronto FC. In the first 30 minutes, the Red Bulls only had the majority possession for one five minute interval, and incidentally (or not so), the Red Bulls first goal came in the 36th, during the 35-40 minute interval where the Red Bulls controlled the ball 82.1%. After that interval, the Red Bulls controlled most of the possession, ending the game with a 53.4% to 46.6% advantage.

Moment of Brilliance

Tim Cahill's World Cup form seems to have carried over for the Red Bulls. He was brought into the game in the 78th minute. 12 minutes plus stoppage usually isn't a lot of time to make a significant impact, but not for Cahill. In the 93rd minute, Cahill got on the end of a long pass up field, and flicked the ball right into the path of Bradley Wright-Phillips, who blasted it one time past Joe Bendik for the equalizing goal.

Young Gun

Ambroise Oyongo got his first MLS start filling in for Roy Miller, who is still with Costa Rica, at left back. He had a decent showing for his first game, but it was an up and down affair, perfectly understandable for his first match. He contributed with an assist on Peguy Luyindula's 36th minute goal.

On Jermaine Defoe's 55th minute goal, Oyongo was responsible for giving up possession, which led to the change being created. He couldn't get back to help defend, but with how Defoe scored, it probably didn't matter.