When this match was scheduled on the Red Bulls calendar some fans started thinking that it probably should’ve been canceled since the club’s hot five & one start has fizzled down to a current three match losing streak. But on a nice Sunday Afternoon at Red Bull Arena one of Italy’s storied clubs in Juventus did come over as the first European side to play at the new home of the tri-state area’s local club.
While you saw Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet up top there were thoughts of this tag team putting in multiple goals and taking off the rest of the second half. Well when you saw the starting eleven with Conor Chinn, John Wolyniec, Irving Garcia and the rest of the reserves of Red Bull starting, this could be a possible learning experience for these young guns.
Unfortunately for Juventus, they got a dose of the future of this club from the reserves. While the match was even in the first half, RBNY pounced in the second half & never gave up at all. A great attack led by Irving Garcia in the 50th minute when he ripped a high laser that smacked the far corner of the woodwork and the rebound went towards Jeremy Hall who smacked it into the net for his first Red Bulls goal. Roy Miller would sub into the match and helped out Conor Chinn in the 55th minute.
It was a nice cross to a wide open Conor Chinn who settles it & smacks a laser, for the Red Bulls it became a two goals to nil lead. Juan Pablo Angel would come into the match in the 68th minute and earned a tally of his own in the 75th minute as Dane Richards sets up a nice low cross. After a consolation goal for Juventus in the 90th minute this day would set up in favor of the New York Red Bulls.
It’s been a fantastic surprise for the supporters as the coaching staff led by Hans Backe has worked with all the players on his roster to get them ready for any type of match that is in front of them. The real weakness this club has had either as Metro or RBNY was a strong reserve side that can come in right away and fill in the holes when needed or to play an attractive style of football. In two US Open Cup Qualifiers & this friendly against Juventus these players are getting a chance to show what they can do and so far they have passed their test with flying colors.
The coaching staff has shown plenty of confidence in their top talented young players to come in and actually do a job without a hint of worry. But while its nice to defeat a top European side, I’m afraid the good feelings must be tempered a bit. This side still has to play a US Open Cup Qualifier to enter round three proper and travel to New England, so they can get off this three match losing streak.
At the moment this win was nice, but there is still a league season to think about. Re-group & re-focus for the tasks at hand.