Finally we can talk about a game and not worry about the possession stats. We don't have to worry about discussing how many times the Red Bulls made more crosses or passes or how much better they were in possession numbers. The reason for that was simple as the weather at Dick's Sporting Goods Park was absolutely dreadful and the snow killed off any form of pretty soccer.
But sadly the result would be the same as the Red Bulls lost to the Colorado Rapids by a final of two goals to one, but the debut of Jermaine Jones for the Rapids after his six match suspension would be the down fall once again for the Red Bulls as he found a way to punch home the opening goal in the 21st minute.
Jones was left all alone inside the NY area and with a solid cross from the near side all he had to do was power home the ball and the Rapids took the lead. The Red Bulls defenders were caught ball watching and they paid for it dearly and once again they allowed the opposition to score first.
Dominique Badji was able to make get the Rapids a second goal in this match as he buried his chance in the 82nd minute. Jones once again the catalyst for the Rapids as he wins the aerial battle against Ronald Zubar and as he won the ball, sprung Badji who slips the ball underneath Luis Robles, hits the inside of the far post and completely over the goal line.
But wait just one minute, the Red Bulls lost this match by a goal. That means they must've finally scored and they did so in the 60th minute as Ronald Zubar tallied the only goal for the Red Bulls that ended a 337 minute scoreless streak. Sacha Kljestan delivered the initial corner that gets blocked and sent back to him, Kljestan sends another cross to the far side of the area and Zubar leaps in the air and delivers a powerful header level the match at one a piece.
But sadly at the end of the night this was another loss to the Red Bulls as they are now one and six in their first seven matches of the season and are now in dead last of the Eastern Conference as the Columbus Crew's win over NYCFC pushed them to ninth place with a better goal differential.
Many would say that there are no positives coming out for the Red Bulls after going 0 for 2 in this quick West Coast trip, but to be honest you can find a few. The Zubar goal is definitely one that stands out as the club has finally bitten the bagel and didn't end with a zero on the scoreboard.
The other positive or positives are Tyler Adams and Alex Muyl who actually played strong in these two games. Adams with a solid 45 minutes in San Jose, but Muyl who played the entire match showed he is more than ready to take on the big boys of Major League Soccer and held his own very well.
It was a shame he didn't get the penalty inside the Rapids area when he got tackled down, but still he proved that he has tons of confidence in himself and that little change of pace for Marsch is what this club needed. But once again the result is in the loss column and that has to change quickly for the next home game against Orlando City.