RBNY Can't Escape Poor ResultsNew York's mental game seems to be slipping continuously throughout the season
by Daniel Feuerstein | Monday, May 26, 2014
Home is supposed to provide comfort and a higher chance of winning. All sports teams know that.
Red Bull New York, though, is having a bit of a problem.
Though RBNY scored 5 goals in its last 2 home games, right now the feeling around the Red Bulls is that they are letting points slip and it’s not fun when you can’t get some home cooking.
Their starts have started to become a bit questionable, as they let off some easy chances. But at the same time, it’s important to wonder if they are ready to start the beginning of a game or the start of the second half.
After going on a 4-game unbeaten streak, the Red Bulls have hit a lull as they are on a 3-game losing streak, with 2 of those 3 games being at Red Bull Arena. After taking a 2-1 lead at half on May 10 the Chicago Fire took advantage of some mental breakdowns and converted four times.
Even though the Red Bulls did make a comeback it was short by a goal. Then, on May 17, at BMO Field against Toronto FC, one bad pass led to a breakaway and Jermain Defoe converts for an early led. The entire first half showed the Red Bulls looking nervous and unsure of themselves till they got to half time.
This recent slide has become a mystery so far because this side hasn’t changed so much in the offseason. The majority of the squad is still intact and at the moment lost Tim Cahill and Roy Miller for World Cup duty with their respective countries.
But there is still enough on the roster to go out and get 3 points at home. This time around against the Portland Timbers, they had better starts to both halves. They looked strong and created many chances to get a lead, but at the end of the first half the Timbers struck a late goal that threw a monkey wrench into their plans.
Now the club is on a 3-game losing streak and there are 2 games left before they go on their World Cup break with a fourth round US Open Cup match up with either the Brooklyn Italians of the NPSL or the New York Cosmos of the NASL in the middle of June.
They need to fix the problems quick before it has a real chance to fester from within and that is not a good thing when you have a CONCACAF Champions League tournament that starts this August.
NEXT UP: May 27 – Red Bull New York vs. Sporting KC, Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas. 8 p.m. EST, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes.