Kandji’s Lone Goal Stands. Breaks RBNY’s 27 Consecutive Match Losing Streak

For the last three seasons this club has been terrible away from home that was Giants Stadium. A grand total of four wins out of the last forty-five matches under both Bruce Arena & Juan Carlos Osorio. At the same time the club wanted to avenge their poor performance the last time they visited Seattle during their inaugural season at Qwest Field. Well it was a much better performance this time around and got the result they were looking for.

Good fortune came in the twenty-first minute when RBNY had a corner along the near side. New fan favorite Joel Lindpere crossed the ball into the area that was cleared, but the touch was poor. Macoumba Kandji got to the rebound and smacked it off the bottom of the crossbar and crossed the entire goal line for his first of the season and that was all the offense the club needed.

Both sides were determined to continue the offense all night long and it was non-stop attacking runs as the Sounders tried to pull one back, while Red Bull tried to add on to their first tally.  But the busier of the two keepers was Bouna Coundoul as he showed his athletic prowess all match long. Plenty of diving saves and nearly lost the ball late in the second half that the Sounders tried to pounce on, but followed it and held on.

Former US National Team Keeper Kasey Keller wasn’t in the shadows either. He made several key saves to keep his side in the match in hopes of finding the equalizer. Fifty-Third Minute on the match clock and Kandji gets a nice ball from Sinisa Ubiparipovic. Kandji attacks and crosses to Juan Pablo Angel with a one timer that Keller dives to his right to make the save. If Keller doesn’t react to that one it’s two goals to nil for RBNY and a possible dagger early in the second half.

Once again the back four for RBNY never lost their shape and continued to show confidence from Kandji’s goal all the way to the final moments of the match to secure their first three points away from Red Bull Arena. Currently undefeated in the East and share the top of the table with the Los Angeles Galaxy who are also undefeated in the West but has a better differential by a goal.

For RBNY this is their second consecutive win and second consecutive clean sheet. Both LA & NY currently share 180 minutes of not allowing a goal scored in their nets to start the season record which is held by New York back in 2007. Over 400 minutes of clean sheet football till the second half on the road at Rice-Eccles Stadium against Real Salt Lake when Chris Klein scored to bite the bagel on May 5th.

Unfortunately head coach Hans Backe wasn’t able to be at Qwest Field on Saturday Night as he went to a local Seattle hospital early in the day for stomach pains. Thankfully he was able to check out, but had to watch the match at the club’s hotel. Head Assistant coach Richie Williams along with Goran Aral and Des MacAleenan gave the instructions for the club and officially, Richie is over the .500 mark on his record.

Sadly the only negative of this fantastic match was the poor challenge of Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg in the tenth minute on Mike Petke. Yes I saw what happened when Philadelphia came to Seattle in week one of the new season.

He has every right to be upset at how he was treated with the reckless challenges by the Union and I believe he did get whacked across his lower back. But that doesn’t mean he has to go studs up on Mike Petke who was playing the ball. Unless Ljundberg is color blind, RBNY’s kit colors are Red & White. They are not Dark Blue & Gold like the Union’s.

Last time I checked Ljungberg was informed that MLS is a very physical league and sometimes there will be some cheap shots that won’t be called, but while Petke did defend him well it wasn’t malicious. When the Sounders travel to the east coast and face Philadelphia Union, then he should return the favor on Tony Stahl.

But once again this was a great scrappy win for RBNY and they take the full three points on the road. The goals will come, but right now confidence is building and that is always a positive after a horror season like 2009 was.

13 thoughts on “Kandji’s Lone Goal Stands. Breaks RBNY’s 27 Consecutive Match Losing Streak”

  1. This was a very exciting game and fun to watch. The atmosphere was intense. It was very fast paced and many strikes were taken that made both goalkeepers work. I thought both teams played really great. The Sounders have nothing to be ashamed of. They were just unlucky on the offense. This wasn’t their last game of the season, they’ll be back. What a change for New York though. We need to get more coaches in like Backe. He has really turned this team around. I wish some of the other teams in MLS could start a season like New York with a revolutionary new stadium and competent coach. It’d definitely help bring MLS up to more professional standards.

  2. Maybe I’m missing something, but every article I have seen is praising the Red Bulls for the victory…am I the only one who watched this game and saw the Sounders dominate the possession/game entirely…NYRB caught a major break off a set piece, but the rest of the game was all Sounders….I agree wholeheartedly with Charles, the Sounders need a finisher up front and fast…the sounders are way too small up front to simply try and cross everything into the box in hopes someone will net it. Also, apart from the stupid Ljungberg foul, it seemed to me that the Red Bulls were a bunch of thugs…not too mention Condoul is a jerk…way to go down in the 92nd minute off a challenge that had very little contact, lie on the ground writhing in pain only to get up and turn around and taunt the crowd, followed by the final whistle whereby he turned around again and gestured to the crowd taunting them after the victory…I don’t care who you play for or how good or not good you are…that’s just classless in my book.

  3. Jayoh. I did praise Seattle going for the equalizer. I also praised Keller for keeping the club in the match. And Coundoul didn’t go down in a heap with ease. He got kicked hard and went down. There was no way the stirker was going to get that ball, yet foolishly he did get Coundoul.

    And while your calling the Red Bulls a bunch of thugs, I could call the Sounders a bunch of diving bastards, but I didn’t because that’s part of the game sometimes. Montero and Ljungberg have been known for it, yet I never went there.

    I gave the Sounders praise, but at the end of the day it was RBNY with the full three points.

  4. I too thought Seattle dominated the game. But ultimately, it’s who puts the ball in the net. Well done Red Bulls.

  5. Did not see the game. Wife made me watch a movie, but was surprised by the result. Seattle looked so good in the opener that we already had them booked for the title game. It’s good to see NY in better form and their better play can only make the league stronger.

  6. Good reality check for the Sounders. Same bad finishing as the Philly game, but fewer chances against a very well organized team. Bad decisions with players going forward didn’t help either.

    In both matches, the Sounders did a poor job of maintaining possession early on. NYRB made them pay, then held on–this is a strategy other teams can follow. Deserved 3 points, very easily could have been 0-2 with the late chances they narrowly missed.

    BTW Daniel, you might want to calm down about going aggro on criticisms if every other article on this site is going to be about NYRB.

  7. Seybold I promise you, if a Red Bull player did the same thing. I would go against him as well. That type of play is completly uncalled for no matter what shirt a player wears.

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