It looks like everything is going well for the Red Bulls. Attacking down the field, setting up chances & creating chances, looking dangerous and while they are doing everything the right way there is one issue that is showing right now, they can't put their chances away.
It looks like everything they are doing the right way there is always something that is going wrong and sadly for the fourth time in five games they haven't scored since the 4-3 home win against the Houston Dynamo. They suffered four clean sheets against them and still can't put anything away and coughing up points very quickly.
But Sporting Kansas City was able to take care of business and took home a two goals to nil victory and pocketed the full three points. Goals from Benny Feilhaber & Dom Dwyer gave the Western Conference side a chance to sleep well back at the hotel and a good flight home to the Midwest.
First goal of the match came in the 17th minute as the Red Bulls created chance after chance in the first 15 minutes, Sporting Kansas city went on the counter and the only defender back was Chris Duvall who tried to hold up the play as best as he could trying to give his fellow defenders the chance to retreat back into position.
But Dwyer was able to slot a pass to Graham Zusi and the US International attacked down the near side to create a chance as he crossed the ball to a trailing Feilhaber and he calmly scores inside the near post for the opening goal. Dwyer would get his tally in the 60th minute as the ball was thrown in from the far side by Saad Abdul-Salaam.
The throw in was bounced and all Dwyer did was spin off of Duvall and he quickly pounced on the ball to beat Luis Robles for the second goal of the match and that was all Sporting KC needed as Tim Melia once again had a fantastic performance in goal. It also included stopping a penalty as a hand ball was called in the 63rd minute on the visitors.
Bradley Wright-Phillips who hasn't found his scoring touch was given a chance by Sacha Kljestan to bury it and tried to go to the far corner, sadly for BWP Melia made a fantastic two handed save to his right and kept his clean sheet from getting dirty.
A grand total of twenty-two total shots for the Red Bulls against Sporting KC's seven as BWP took 10 of his own and nothing to show for it. For Jesse Marsch at the moment he just can't explain what is happening to his side at the moment and is a bit dumbfounded.
"To be honest with you, I'm not sure how to explain it. I know when I'm watching my team play that it's a good tam and that we're in many ways we're executing game plans the right way." said Marsch, " In a lot of these games I think we come out of it many ways as the better team on the day but walk away with not enough goals and giving up too many. So Obviously that is a recipe for losses."
It is a tough thing to watch when a side like the Red Bulls is executing everything that they are suppose to be doing and the only failure is not converting on the scoreboard, you wonder if frustration is going to slowly creep in. At the moment injuries are plaguing this side as they are waiting to get back Ronald Zubar, Gideon Baah, Gonzalo Veron and now Kemar Lawrence from the injury list.
But at least Felipe will be back from his red card suspension on the road against San Jose & Colorado, you can definitely say that Chris Duvall did look solid as a center back for ninety minutes as Sean Davis who Marsch thinks highly of wants to get him involved with more games this season and did well partnering with Dax McCarty in the defensive midfield roles.
But now they need to get themselves back at the training facility and get ready for two big road games against two tough Western Conference opponents and try to take all six before coming back home against Orlando City, the depth is severely being tested and hopefully the game plan for these two will be executed perfectly.