Today the New York Red Bulls traveled to Kansas City, Kansas (happy Truman?) to take on Sporting Kansas City in their first match for the 2015 MLS Season. The Red Bulls ran out a Starting XI without a lot of surprises.
STARTERS vs @SportingKC: Robles, Duvall, Zubar, Perrinelle, Miller, Sam, McCarty, Felipe, Kljestan, Grella, Wright-Phillips #SKCvNYR #RBNY— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) March 8, 2015
The biggest omission was Peguy Luyindula from the gameday 18, but there seems to be a reason for that.
Both teams came out a little tentative with Sporting KC having more possession, but the Red Bulls grew into the game and the two teams ended the first half scoreless.
It didn't take long for the scoring to start in the second half. Ike Opara got on the end of a Benny Feilhaber cross that should never have made it that far.
Lloyd Sam answered back for the Red Bulls less than 5 minutes later with a clear goal of the week candidate (see thought #3).
The rest of the game was a back and forth, even after Matt Besler was sent off with a second yellow in the 70th minute.
The draw sees coach Jesse Marsch pick up his first point as the coach for New York. The team's next match is March 22nd, when they open up Red Bull Arena for 2015 against D.C. United.
#1: FOX Sports' ad setup
I pay for a TV, I expect your programming to take all of it up. I do not appreciate you taking space away for ads. Stop it. Bad FOX Sports.
#2: Mike Grella, pass the ball. Oh, and move left.
Grella, you have some skills. They might be rough still, but they are there. One thing you need to learn to do is not hold onto the ball too long.
#3: Lloyd Sam
Lloyd, listen, I did not understand why you were playing in the middle of the field, but if you continue producing goals like this, you can play wherever you want.
Lloyd Sam goal 54' #SKCvNYR #RBNY pic.twitter.com/hjqwBw9yjR— Chase Woodruff (@dcwoodruff) March 9, 2015
Drink of the Match
Brooklyn Lager (Draft)