The New york Red Bulls were looking to continue with their winning ways and to earn as many points as possible before they move into a league break during the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They had to face a tough Real Salt Lake side who is trying to get back un the win column from Montreal.
They would put four goals past Nick Rimando as the Red Bulls defeat the claret and Cobal side four goals to nil, but the opening goal was given to them, by their opponents on a freakish deflection in the 58th minute.
As Marc Rzatkowski passed the ball to Michael Murillo, he was trying to pass the ball across to a teammate, who might be open. Yet the ball deflected off of two RSL defenders and the last deflection into the back of the net went off Marcelo Silva, that rolled harmlessly over the goal line.
But in the next minute the Red Bulls punished RSL again as they doubled the lead. Sean Davis finds Kaku, who quickly settled and sprung Daniel Royer into an attacking run. Just as Nick Rimando got towards him, Royer slotted the ball inside the back post.
The home side made it three as Michael Murillo converts the chance in the 64th minute. The Red Bulls were attacking down the far side and Alex Muyl tried to cross the ball to the near, it took a deflection, but the ball still got to Murillo. He ran towards the middle of the area, then ripped a shot thru four defenders and past Rimando.
But the fourth goal came from a young academy player who has been showing the confidence, at the same time has become the first player this season to score goals in consecutive matches. Omir Fernandez now has two goals in the league and three in all competitions.
In the 83rd minute the Red Bulls wanted a fourth, as Murillo passed the ball to substitute Andreas Ivan, then he crosses it in a spot where Fernandez tracked it and smashed it past Rimando to stamp the win, with an exclamation point.
“It was much of what we spoke of and coming into the game we thought it would look like that.” said Chris Armas “Will have the ball and preparing to have the ball, the training sessions that mapped out during the week.
“So in the first half we did have a feeling that the goal was coming, you could see it as the guys were getting into good spots. There are moments where the guys were trying to calm down, but we don’t want that to creep in and then pass the ball around.
We have a lot of guys who want to control the spaces, continue to press and counter pressing the ball, being ready for those turnovers and the belief in having fun and we did.”
This was also the return for Mike Petke who played for this club and coached this club to their first Supporters Shield trophy in 2013, and got close to the MLS Cup Final by bowing out in the Eastern Conference Final in 2014. He will always be a legend to the supporters of the club.
“The chapter’s been closed, you know, as far as me. With the supporters, it’s never going to be closed, you know, and it was great to see them. I was honored that they didn’t boo me and they had some nice things to say.” said Mike Petke “Again, I said it numerous times, they are always going to be in my heart and I’m always going to have a good relationship with them.
“Well, I went over to their office first -- we had about 110 people here from my hometown here, my family. My wife and kids flew in and I wanted to see them. I always go to the SouthWard, going on 20 years now, so the respect I have for them, and that’s what I meant when I said, this is just another game, because it’s been five years, you know. Got to move on at some point. I’ve moved on, certainly, but with them, I’m never going to move on. They will always be special.”
And now the Red Bulls have converted points in six of their last seven, while earning three clean sheets in four games, it’s time to move on totheir next league match as they will travel down I-95 to visit the Philadelphia Union.