October 27, 2013
NO SUNDAY CHAMPAGNE
Red Bulls will save it for December -- if they win MLS Cup
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HARRISON, N.J. – It is an iconic moment in professional sports, where the winning team enjoys a champagne-soaked celebration in the locker room following a trophy presentation. That was not the case for the Red Bulls, however.
Following New York's 5-2 victory over the Chicago Fire, a result that gave the team the Supporters Shield and the first piece of hardware in franchise history, there was no champagne baths. Instead, the club simply exchanged hugs and congratulatory singing.
“There is still work to be done,” one player told BigAppleSoccer.com following the match. “The champagne is there on ice for when the job is done. Tomorrow – we work again tomorrow.”
The Red Bulls are now the top seed in the playoffs and should they get that far, would host the MLS Cup on Dec. 7.
“Then we can pop out the champagne, after that win,” the player said. “We don't want to get ahead of ourselves.”