The New York Red Bulls opening weekend loss was a fluke. They were missing Gonzalo Veron, who was supposed to be the new key to their offense in 2016, and despite the 2-0 scoreline, new signing Gideon Baah impressed. Well, so much for the fluke. The Red Bulls traveled up to take on a Montreal Impact team that was still without star player Didier Drogba. It wasn't going to be an easy test as Montreal was impressive in their opening match of 2016. No one saw this coming though.
It started off ugly for the Red Bulls, as they racked up a lot of early fouls, and ugly is probably the best word for how this game played out. The first half once again ended at 0-0, with the Red Bulls failing to get a shot on goal. The second half started out a little better, as the Red Bulls actually managed to get a shot on goal, but then the Impact's Dominic Oduro scored in the 58th minute. Ignacio Patti would score on a counter off of a saved Bradley Wright-Phillips shot in the 71st, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel sealed it off in stoppage time.
Things Need to Change
We may only be two games into the season, but something needs to be fixed. The defensive troubles of this team so far this year can at least be fixed with time since Baah is new and the back line needs time to gel. The offense however, really needs to be fixed. 0 goals, and only 4 shots on target is not a good sign. Something need to be done.
Baah was responsible for one of the Impact's goals, but he was still easily one of the best players on the field. 180 minutes into the season, and Baah looks like a great pickup.
A Measure of Revenge
Former Red Bulls Eric Alexander and Ambroise Oyongo were on the field for the Impact today. They got a measure of revenge for being shipped off at the beginning of 2015.