The New York Red Bulls came into Week 8 as the only undefeated team left in MLS after dominating the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2-0 win. Matched against a Los Angeles Galaxy team currently riding their own hot streak, the stage was set for an even match.
The Red Bulls found themselves on the back foot early on, thanks to a 9th minute goal from 18-year-old Bradford Jamieson IV. The wiry teenager managed to evade a Dax McCarty tackle while simultaneously turning Chris Duvall inside-out, before firing home from the side of the box.
RBNY decided to pour on the pressure and minutes later, it nearly paid off. In the 13th minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips found the end of a Sacha Kljestan cross but was blocked at point blank range. The Red Bulls went on to dominate possession for the rest of the first half while LA was content with absorbing the pressure.
The second half picked up right where the first left off, with the Red Bulls continually pressing for the equalizer. They eventually found it through Felipe in the 58th minute. The Brazilian didn't seem to know much about it though, as the ball bounced off of his head after A.J. DeLaGarza deflected a Bradley Wright-Phillips shot.
Los Angeles continued to counterattack and created a few half-chances off of set pieces but failed to make anything of it. Jesse Marsch's men would continue to dominate possession for the rest of the game, searching in vain for the go-ahead goal.
1. Goals, Goals, Goals.
The Red Bulls have yet to be shut out this season. One way or another, they seem to find the back of the net and create plenty of chances. They tied for fourth in goals scored last season with 55 and at the rate they create chances, they could conceivably score more goals this season.
2. Luck is on our side.
While the goal was probably the luckiest moment of the match, RBNY were also pretty lucky that Dax didn't see a second yellow card. After scything down Juninho at the top of the box with a late slide tackle, I was almost certain he would be sent off. Thankfully, he didn't. Jesse Marsch is going to need all of his players available for the next match against Colorado, especially given the quick turnaround.
Even though the goal wasn't indicative of anything special, Felipe is having a wonderful run of form. Taylor Twellman mentioned a nice statistic, saying that he scored 12 goals and assisted on 24 during his two years at Montreal. Those are incredible numbers, especially considering that he's only 24 years old.