August 30, 2015
Red Bulls could do very little wrong vs. United
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Luis Robles: "The idea is that if we can do that for 90 minutes and we did for the better part, there will be a lot of good performances, a lot of good results."
Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HARRISON, N.J. -- Rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated, the Red Bulls rolling to a 3-0 win over D.C. United on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. A loss at midweek was supposed to expose this team following a very hot streak in July and August but the Red Bulls responded in a major way.
The loss on Wednesday night came after a stretch of six games where the Red Bulls had five wins and a tie in league play. In that loss, the Red Bulls were physically outplayed and failed to match the intensity of their hosts.
That. Wasn't. The. Case. Sunday. Night.
In nearly every facet of the game, from a back line that was tidy and clean to a pressing game brilliant in terms of frustrating United's build-up play, the Red Bulls played a complete game. Arguably their most complete game of the season.
"I don't know, the last 10, 15 minutes weren't great but overall, I think, yeah, it was a very good performance. We set the tone from the very start and I thought we played at a pace that was very fast," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. "Our goal is to try to always make game fast and see if we can overwhelm teams. I think in many ways we were able to accomplish that tonight."
Marsch only made two changes from Wednesday night's Starting XI, both to the backline, showing that he believed the Fire loss was an anomaly. But while he decided to downplay his team's result, it was arguably their best 90 minutes of soccer.
And the numbers, they back it up.
They held 56 percent possession in the match to go along with a 24-9 edge in shots and 8-2 in shots on target. They had a staggering 22 shots inside the box (D.C. had just two the entire match).
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan called it "probably our best game with the ball."
On Friday after the loss, goalkeeper Luis Robles spoke at practice and said that the team hadn't played a perfect game yet. That's not the case yet. He was asked after the match if now the team had played that complete match.
"The short answer is yes but even in the second half, there were portions where we were sloppy. The idea is that if we can do that for 90 minutes and we did for the better part, there will be a lot of good performances, a lot of good results," Robles told BigAppleSoccer.com. "And we'll be difficult to play against."