April 29, 2015
EVERYTHING BUT THE FINAL SCORE
Red Bulls dominate every statistic, but the most important one
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Bradley Wright-Phillips: “Some of the teams are playing, for me personally, with no ambition. We're going to have to find a way to deal with it, simple as that."
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HARRISON, N.J. – It is beginning to feel like the 2011 Red Bulls all over again, this after a one-sided match resulted in a disappointing 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids.
It was a match that the Red Bulls dominated in every statistical category. They had overwhelming possession in the first half, to the tune of 73.4 percent in the opening 45 minutes and yet they registered just two shots on goal in the opening frame. New York finished the match with 68.8 percent possession and 20 attempts on goal to the Rapids 10 attempts on goal.
They had more open play crosses, 19 to just one for the Rapids and a passing accuracy of 77.7 percent, 17 percentage points higher than the visitors. And yet the match finished 1-1 as the Rapids conceded possession and packed it in defensively.
It is a problem the team faced in 2011 where it had massive advantages in possession but lacked any creativity or spark in the final third as teams bogged down and played for the counterattack.
“Some of the teams are playing, for me personally, with no ambition. We're going to have to find a way to deal with it, simple as that,” forward Bradley Wright-Phillips said.
The English forward, whose 30th-minute goal from the penalty spot salvaged a point, was then asked how to fix this problem.
“I don't know. Jesse - ask him,” Wright-Phillips said.
“I don't think it's anything to worry about, today wasn't good enough.”
Jesse is of course Jesse Marsh, the team's head coach. This offseason, he went about reshaping his team's personality as he overhauled the roster. He wanted his team to press, which the Red Bulls did for large parts of the game against the Rapids. He wanted more possession as well, which he certainly got on Wednesday night.
But they lacked that final pass, that one special play, to turn a draw into a win.
“Yeah, you know there were a lot of plays that were close to coming off, even up to the very end with Bradley's header," Marsch said. "We created a lot of transition opportunities where I thought that we missed the first pass to Bradley and then went wide or made a mistake in the pass.
“And then some of our crossing was off and we weren't getting enough numbers forward. I thought like a lot of guys felt like the way to help the game on the day was to try to get balls to feet which actually allowed them to close us down and then win balls and then counter. Overall we did have a command on the game but we were also a little bit lucky because they had some chances. In the end, we have to be better, we have to be better.”