The New York Red bulls were in desperation mode, as they had to get out of the rut that they put themselves in, that also means taking on an opponent who was currently in the their own situation in FC Cncinnati.
But after the full ninety minutes was done, it would be a single goal that would give the New York Red Bulls a one goal to nil victory and their first clean sheet of the season. Both were needed very badly to break this five match winless streak.
In the 38th miniute the Red Bulls were making some nice passes to get towards the FC Cincinnati area. Alex Muyl long cross to Brian White who headed the ball towards Daniel Royer. Then Royer made a nice back heel flick to his teammates, which created the big chance.
It looked like Marc Rzatkowski was going to take the shot, but Connor Lade screamed at him to leave the ball, so Rzatkowski dummied it, Lade ran up to it, then a strong left footed strike blasted the back of the net as Przmeyslaw Tyton looked helpless.
“Personally, I would say it’s nice to get the goal but I think that’s secondary on the night.” said Connor Lade “Obviously it’s a huge win for the team. We needed that in the worst way and we got a shutout at home. That’s, I feel like, what we’re going to take away from tonight.
“Obviously, always want to put on a good performance and help the team. So, I think it was a good performance from the guys. At home we want to be dominant, we want to keep clean sheets, we want to show off for our fans and hopefully this is the start of a great swing of momentum for us.”
All match long this battle against FC Cincinnati was such a tough match, as the physicality was tremendous with hard challenges and tackles that came out of the ordinary. But what you saw were two desperate teams looking for points in the worst way.
FC Cincinnati nailed the woodwork more than twice as they kept hitting the post and one late off the crossbar and over the net. Darren Mattocks had Luis Robles dead to rights, and when it looked like he was going to tuck the ball in, he dinked the near post and out.
“Yeah, it was a great shutout for everyone, it’s nice to win again. It has been a while. I just think when you look at the performance tonight, things that haven’t really bounced our way, did.” said Luis Robles “They hit the post twice, hit the crossbar.
“A great finish by Connor. But you have to say that, overall, the team’s performance and effort was one of our better ones on the year. So, we deserved three points.”
And after everything that happened on the evening, how relieved did Chris Armas get after the final whistle blew to signify this huge victory. At the same time the club was sponsoring Autism Awareness night.
“ Feels great. Feels great. Especially at home. To reward our fans on a really special night, Autism Awareness.” siad ArmasT”here was good energy in the building. It was loud. You know, you see how hard the guys work every day, and again, on Autism Awareness Night, extra special for Marc [de Grandpre] and his wife, Kim, their daughter, Julia. So really special in so many ways to get three points.”
Two things on this match. Connor Lade’s goal is the second one they scored in the first half since Andreas Ivan opened the scoring in their first league match at the Columbus Crew, then a strange absence of Bradley Wright-Phillips as we found out that he was rested due to a slight soft tissue strain in his groin.
But all that matters now is to continue this momentum into next Saturday as the Red Bulls will host Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy on a Saturday afternoon match up back at Red Bull Arena.