After a terrible performance at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois the Red Bulls went across the country and over the northern border to take on the red hot Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. This is the first visit for the club at the renovated home of the Whitecaps and the CFL’s BC Lions and it looked great.
All the goals came late in the second half as the home supporters as well as the Red Bull supporters watching the game in their homes or at the bars were entertained in this one all draw as there were many chances available for both sides.
It would be a poor clearance from the Red Bulls that gave the Whitecaps a second chance to take the lead in the 75th minute. Davide Chiumiento’s corner was cleared, but not all the way as the ball was kept in near the area. Another cross into the area that was missed by the defenders got to the right foot of Martin Bonjour who smacks it home for the lead.
But the Red Bulls were looking for the equalizer and trying to steal a point and they did so in the 86th minute as they caught the Whitecaps napping. They took their corner short and confusion came to the side in white. A nice cross from Joel Lindpere that went into the area and out of nowhere, Heath Pearce leaps for his header and scored his first league goal for the Red Bulls.
Once again this was a wide open match as both sides had plenty of chances to get a lead early in the first half, but sadly nothing went in or close to the frame. Camillo Sanvezzo had at least five to six chances to get a goal, but sadly he was either off sides or he misses the target by a couple of inches.
Dax McCarty had a great chance to put the Red Bulls ahead, but somehow it went across the face goal. 41st minute and Dane Richards on the near side crossed a great ball to the far side, McCarty at the right place at the right time somehow headed the ball away from the net.
Give Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie a lot of credit for getting this Whitecaps side to improve after their decent inaugural season last year. After several stints with the defunct Cleveland City Stars of the USL 2nd Division (now USL Pro) and his last side in the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL, his magic continues to get the job done for his first MLS appointment.
For the Red Bulls, picking up the point on the road has now set up an interesting matchup this Sunday as DC United comes to Red Bull Arena. With a game in hand and a possible win will level the Eastern Conference with DC, but if they can score two goals or more then the Red Bulls will have the lead by goal difference.
Get ready for rivalry weekend in MLS as you can see Portland Vs Seattle on ESPN at 5PM EDT & then NY Vs DC on NBC Sports Network at 7PM EDT. It should be a lot of fun.