April 1, 2016
5 takeaways from the Red Bulls' loss
By Michael Lewis
Here we go again.
Here are five takeaways from the Red Bulls' 1-0 road loss to the New England Revolution Friday night:
Fair or foul?
With Red Bulls center back Kemar Lawrence injured and laying on the ground, should the Revs had kicked the ball out of bounds? There are no rules in soccer that make it mandatory, but it is an unwritten rule as many teams do it as a courtesy. Needless to say, the Red Bulls were livid with New England for continuing playing and with referee Mark Geiger for allowing the goal to stand.
Seeing red -- for so many reasons
I would love to know what Geiger saw on Felipe's alleged red card on his challenge on Kelyn Rowe in the 61st minute. Gut feeling here is that the MLS Star Chamber, err disciplinary committee will rescind the card.
Four games, three shutouts. Not exactly what we'd call a decent start to the season. Very little service to Bradley Wright-Phillips. Lloyd Sam and Mike Grella still aren't playing to their level of last season. The Red Bulls must pray to the soccer gods to get Gonzalo Veron back ASAP because they desperately need a booster shot to their attack.
Four games, three center backs down. You almost think the team is cursed this season. The Red Bulls can only hope that Ronald Zubar and Gideon Baah recover ASAP and that Lawrence's injury wasn't as bad as it looked (he was in pain and needed a stretcher to be taken off the field).
Better call Sal
Sal Zizzo had an excellent first half attacking and overlapping, setting up BWP and firing a shot on goal himself. While Zizzo gets high marks for his play, how sad is it that a right back gets praise on a night where the rest of the attack is virtually non-existent?