July 4, 2013
A ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW
Red Bulls blanked by Colorado, 2-0, in yet another July 4 loss
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Whether it was the July 4 jinx, playing at altitude or another reason, the Red Bulls still experience problems overcoming the Colorado Rapids in this mile high city.
|Thierry Henry and Red Bulls went down to yet another Fourth of July defeat to Colorado.
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New York helped the Colorado Rapids supporters celebrate Independence Day as the hosts recorded a 2-0 victory on Thursday night.
The Red Bulls, who are an incredible 1-9-2 on the Fourth of July, squandered an opportunity move past the Montreal Impact (9-4-3, 30 points) into first place in the Eastern Conference. They dropped to 8-7-5 and remained at 29 points. The Rapids moved into fifth place in the Western Conference with a 7-7-5 mark and 26 points.
Nate Sturgis and Deshorn Brown each struck in the second half for the Rapids, who improved to 12-3-2 on July 4.
As far as attacking soccer goes, opportunities for both teams were not very abundant at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Red Bulls got out of the half with a scoreless draw, which could be considered a moral victory for the visitors.
Their best chances came via Thierry Henry, who fired an Eric Alexander feed wide right in the 23rd minute and had his shot deflected by Shane O'Neill in the 39th minute.
Only 62 seconds into the second half, New York's inability to clear the ball out of the penalty area led to the Rapids' goal. Midfielder Tim Cahill headed the ball out of harm's way, but the ball remained in the box. Markus Holgersson saved a shot off the line, but Sturgis, who had a few dangerous encounters in the opening half, got possession of the ball and slotted it past goalkeeper Luis Robles for a 1-0 Colorado advantage.
Instead of bringing on a midfielder or a forward, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke took out left back Connor Lade and brought in Kosuke Kimura in the 53rd minute.
That move did not make much of an impact because only a minute later, Red Bulls center back Jamison Olave just managed to tackle the ball away from a charging Brown in the 54th minute, saving a possible goal.
Robles was at the top of his game in the 64th minute, putting out an arm to save a right-wing shot from Atiba Harris. Harris had bolted past Brandon Barklage, who had fallen to the ground.
Four minutes later, the Rapids were celebrating their second goal of the match. This time central midfielder Dax McCarty lost the ball at the top left of the penalty area to Chris Klute, who sent a diagnol pass to an unmarked Brown on the right side of the area and the forward just deflected the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Cahill thought he had scored in the 74th minute, but the Australian international midfielder was clearly offside and the goal did not count.
Petke eventually brought on Lloyd Sam for Jonny Steele in the 76th minute and Peguy Luyindula for Fabian Espindola a minute ater, but the Red Bulls could not find the back of the net.