So much for those "can the New York Red Bulls win away from Red Bull Arena?" questions. New York smacked around the Columbus Crew on Easter Saturday, earning the team's third straight win and doing so in impressive fashion. The truth is you could have easily turned this game off once Thierry Henry gave the Red Bulls a 3-0 lead five minutes before the halftime break, as there was no way the Crew were mounting a rally during the game's second half. The Red Bulls haven't been perfect over their past three games. They've sure been fun to watch, however, and they've arguably been the best team in Major League Soccer over the past three weeks.
3 final thoughts on Red Bulls win over Columbus: Poor Meara
New York Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara just can't earn that first shutout of his MLS career. Meara was just a few minutes of stoppage time away from hanging onto the clean sheet on Saturday afternoon before Columbus captain Chad Marshall headed home the host's only goal of the contest. Replays showed that New York defender Markus Holgersson did not do nearly enough to prevent Marshall from getting into position to score off of the incoming corner kick. That wasn't the first time a Holgersson miscue directly resulted in an opposing side finding the back of the net this season. Shep Messing of MSG stated immediately following the goal that he believes Holgersson has yet to fully adjust to the "pace and physicality" of MLS. I sure hope that's the case, because the defender isn't lighting the world on fire with his play thus far.
3 final thoughts on Red Bulls win over Columbus: Who we thought they were?
The duo of Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry dominated yet another back line on Saturday, as the two forwards were again responsible for all of New York's goals scored in the 4-1 rout. Before you start making your "Henry is scoring at least 30 goals this season" predictions, it should be pointed out that the Red Bulls haven't been tearing apart the best of the best in the league over the past several weeks. We can now add the Columbus Crew to that list of teams. After beating lowly Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, the Crew looked more like the team many expected them to be at the start of the campaign. Their defending was poor, at best, and Henry nearly finished with an additional two goals when all was said and done. These past weeks have been fun, and the wins count in the standings as would victories against the best teams in MLS. A win at home this weekend against San Jose would provide a significant statement regarding New York's true talent at this early part of the season.
3 final thoughts on Red Bulls win over Columbus: LA East?
A shaky back line that doesn't provide enough support for the team's goalkeeper. An attack that seemingly can't help but score at least one goal during halves. When did the Red Bulls turn into what was supposed to be the 2012 version of LA Galaxy? You obviously can't count on Cooper and Henry finding the back of the net multiple times in every game going forward. While the LA Galaxy have turned into the 2011 Red Bulls in the past month, New York are turning heads with their exciting play, and they're also (reportedly) actually not wanting to kill each other. We saw a very good Red Bulls team at the beginning of last season, and we all know how that story ended. Just like last April, however, I'm simply sitting back and enjoying the team's current run of form;
while at the same time waiting for the roof to again cave in.