Thursday, April 30, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: Rapids Earn Draw in New York

New York Red Bulls 0-1 Colorado Rapids
Colorado may be the worst in the West, but they tend to show up at random times and cause headaches for top teams. Red Bulls got a case of that Wednesday night as Colorado snuck up on them to earn a point. A free kick set up a Gabriel Torres header for Colorado's goal in the 25th minute on some putrid defending. Torres was completely unmarked and there was nary a soul between him and the keeper, allowing him the easy header.

It had already been all Red Bulls all the time, but it only got worse after the goal. It didn't take long for the tying goal to come. Bradley Wright-Phillips confidently put a penalty home in the bottom left corner.

Red Bulls then threatened but never scored. They launched 20 shots in total with ten getting on target. Sacha Kljestan hit the corner of the woodwork in the 64th minute. As an aside, it annoyed me every time the Red Bull announcers pronounced Kljestan as "Kles-tan" when every other soccer broadcaster out there says it "Kly-shten". You're a professional broadcaster, learn how to say a player's name correctly.

Minutes after Kljestan's (Kly-shten's) chance, Wright-Phillips was inches away from tapping in his second of the night.

Red Bulls will feel they should have won this one, but will be forced to take the draw. They're still undefeated, but they missed a golden chance to pull ahead of New England and DC at the top of the East.

Colorado will take the point, but they are still dead last in the West.

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