For the last two plus months the Red Bulls have been in such a dreadful slump that all they have ever done was fight back from being a goal or two down by their opponents either at Red Bull Arena or on the road. No matter how gallant the comebacks have been, it simply wasn’t good enough to end their matches with a draw or not being mentally ready to play.
This time their road trip to Dallas was suppose to be the one that changes their fortune and with a healthy body back into the fold, it was Luke Rodgers that got the club into the positive side of the ledger. In the 36th minute it was a long distance cross from Stephen Keel that led to the opportunity.
The ball found Juan Agudelo who attacked the Dallas net and when got inside the area, crossed the ball to an on-coming Rodgers who fought through his defender and was able to put his right foot on the ball and it got past Kevin Hartman and into the back of the net for the match winner.
After suffering thru more than two months of plantar fasciitis Luke Rodgers has shown to be the work horse he is that makes this club tick. You can see how hard he works on the field getting a big chance to show what he can do in a first division league after being with a third division English side like Notts County. But sadly only forty five minutes would be given to him as the club was making sure he can play the next match.
It would be the defense that helped the Red Bulls secure the full three points and in net Frank Rost showed well for the club. You finally saw him being comfortable in net and being aggressive with his decisions. He made some stellar saves early in the first half by diving along the posts and keeping FC Dallas off the scoreboard. The defenders did well tracking back and making some solid tackles to get the ball and cleared the area.
After the full ninety along with four minutes of stoppage time in the second half, the final whistle finally blew and the Red Bulls with their second win on the road also earned their seventh win of the season. You could see the big smile on the face of Red Bulls Head Coach Hans Backe as he was finally able to get three points on the night and a huge three points on the road.
No Jan Gunnar Solli due to the suspension on a straight red card, no Rafa Marquez as he picked up his fifth yellow card and was suspended for accumulation and no Thierry Henry as his Chronic Achilles tendon flared up once again. This was a big win without three important players available for the starting eleven. Now the club returns to Red Bull Arena for two matches as they host Real Salt Lake on September 21st and the Portland Timbers on September 24th.
On this night in Dallas was Bobby Rhine remembrance night as the former player, front office man and play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Net Southwest sadly past away at the age of 35 a few weeks ago. His wife and two children were at Pizza Hut Park and his initials “BR” was painted on the field at both ends. In the 19th minute the fans held signs with his number 19 and former Dallas midfielder and current Red Bull player Dax McCarty was subbed out and he removed his shirt sharing his thoughts on his former teammate.