Shut out. Canadian opponent. Unfortunately for the New York Red Bulls, history repeated itself this week when they dropped their second game of the season to the Montreal Impact 3-0.
Just like last week, the game was 0-0 at halftime. The Red Bulls still seem to be having chemistry issues on both sides of the ball. This week, Ronald Zubar was suspended, so Karl Ouimette had to step in at center back. However, it didn't make a difference since they once again conceded all of their goals in the second half. The offense still seems to be fragmented. Sacha Klejstan is invisible. Bradley Wright-Phillips looks like he is on an island. This is the second week in a row that no player scored more than 4 fantasy points:
Sacha Kljestan (MID, 4 points): Kljestan had a very similar game against Toronto. His first touch eluded him. Montreal closed him down quickly when he tried to get going. He didn't recover on the counter well. Let's hope it doesn't take him until late May to get going like last season.
Dax McCarty (MID, 4 points): The new fantasy scoring system was supposed to heavily favor players like Dax. So you know when Dax only scores four points, something is amiss. Dax has needed to drop deeper due to the shakiness at center back. It has a domino effect up the middle of the Red Bulls XI. He sits back. This causes Kljestan to be lost in a vast CAM position. So if Kljestan is lost... then where does that leave BWP?... Crickets.
Felipe Martins (MID, 4 points): Felipe increased his score from last week. He was a bit stronger on the defensive end of the field. Even though Montreal scored three goals, Felipe did a better job at stopping the Montreal attack before it got to the back line. But his issue is just like Dax's. If he's assisting the back line, transition to offense becomes slow and he's not in a good position to push anyone forward.
The Red Bulls have another week before taking the field against the Houston Dynamo. They aren't as good as their last two opponents, so it could be a good time to get back on track.