The concerns are starting to grow now with the Red Bulls as some of the positives that they built in the last match, did continue in this next one at Gillette Stadium. Yet the result was the only set back for the visitors as they fell to the New England REvolution by a final of a goal to nil.
It was a tough angle shot that Crisitan Penilla converted the only goal of the night in the 73rd minute. Carles Gil at midfield quickly gave the ball to Juan Fernando Caicedo, who laid it off in a perfect area to Penilla as he made his attacking run.
Aaron Long was in solid position to match stride for stride with him, and it looked like he had Penilla covered very well. Then when the hard angle shot was taken, that’s when it all came crashing down as goalkeeper and Captain of the Red Bulls Luis Robles had the ball go through him and into the back of the net.
We all know what a great goalkeeper Robles is and when he is there to stop fantastic shots, that will become goals, he makes those spectacular saves to keep his side in the match. But this time it was one misplayed shot on goal that went right through him, and into the back of the net dropping all three points.
While the Red Bulls looked to be in control for the majority of the match, their execution has been lacking in this one. There was a great chance in the first half by Marc Rzatkowski to convert, but Cody Cropper was there to make the save.
Or the attacking run made by substitute Andreas Ivan as he had a great ball fed to him, but when he shot it for an equalizer attempt, sadly the ball hit the outside of the net. These are tough times right now for the Red Bulls and it’s not going to get any easier with May lurking around the corner.
“I think defensively we were really strong besides the one opportunity they really got, but it’s kind of disappoint not putting together a complete game.” said Tim Parker “Getting more opportunities, being a little bit more threating offensively.
“But that comes from all over the field. I think the quality of the ball must go forward from us defensively, then just guys on top to get the confidence and do those things so, when we find the confidence to perform a complete game, we will be fine.”
The way things were going in this match up it looked like the Red Bulls were on their way of earning a draw, in a very difficult place where they haven’t had a lot of success at, but once that shot went into their net, it was another loss of any points that did them in.
“It’s a tough stretch and it challenges you. I feel for the guys because they came in with a good mentality, the game was in the balance, when you come in on the road we only gave up two shots on goal and one went in.” said Chris Armas “Can we create more? Can we do more?, That’s a question, but it was a difficult game.
“Similar styles played on a wet turf field, it was going to be difficult. But I think our guys were up to the challenge. so there’s on thing to do.. You look hard and you keep pushing, but I love that I’m pushing along with those guys in the locker room. They fought hard.”
So the Red Bulls who had a decent start in their first two matches with a Draw to open the season in Columbus and a four goal barrage in the second half at home against San Jose, they are now winless in their last five.
They must quickly find a way to get back again on the positive side of the results, or else this season is going to continue to spiral downward, and that is a position this club doesn’t want to be at. Because the schedule will get harder and harder for them.