June 16, 2015
PUTTING ACTIONS BEHIND WORDS
Red Bulls show how serious they are about Open Cup, using 10 starters in 3-0 win
HARRISON, N.J. -- The Red Bulls certainly are serious about going deep in this year's Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup.
|Lloyd Sam scored the Red Buls' first goal in the seventh minute. He was forced out of the match with ankle and groin injuries and was replaced by Dane Richards in the 24th minute.
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Instead of using reserve players, head coach Jesse Marsch deployed a Starting XI that included 10 regulars.
Then his team went out and proved how serious they were by recording a 3-0 fourth-round victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks before a sparse crowd of 5,585 at Red Bull Arena Tuesday night.
"We are taking this tournament as serious as any match as we play all year," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. "We are going to find ways to put good lineups on the field. Not sure who we will draw next but there is a good chance that it will be a MLS team. If it not, whoever it is we are going to take like we are one step closer to winning a championship."
It was the Red Bulls' first win in the Open Cup since May 29, 2013, when the club defeated Reading United of the PDL. With the victory, New York improves to 21-18 all-time in Open Cup play, and 5-0 at RBA.
The Red Bulls advanced to the fifth round, which will be contested on either June 30 or July 1.
Goalkeeper Luis Robles, who has played every minute of every Major League Soccer match for the Red Bulls the past two seasons plus, recorded the clean sheet. He felt it was important for the Red Bulls to enter the match with the right mentality.
"At the end of the day it's the US Open Cup so anything can happen," he said. "Today, some MLS team will lose, and if they don't lose today, some MLS team will lose tomorrow. So it was really important for us this whole week to set our mentality, make sure that it was right, and then continue with the approach that we had during pre-season that we wanted to take every competition seriously, that we wanted to win every single game, and that this is a big goal of ours, to win the U.S. Open Cup. I felt like winning today is a step in the right direction."
Lloyd Sam, Ronald Zubar and Sean Davis scored for the hosts, who had plenty of motivation from their last match, a 4-2 loss at the Houston Dynamo almost two weeks ago.
"The game against Houston was probably our poorest performance to date and we wanted to get that bad taste out of our mouths," captain Dax McCarty said. "So, a lot of the veteran guys wanted to be a part of this game and wanted to do some things to get us back on track. Scoring a couple goals, and obviously keeping a clean sheet is a bonus. It's a very important win. We know it's a game we should win. We were expected to win. We were very professional about the way we went about our business tonight."
New York raced to a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes on goals by Sam and Zubar, the latter making his first appearance of any kind since the season opener at Sporting Kansas City on March 15.
McCarty started the first scoring sequence with a long ball into the penalty area to Bradley Wright-Phillips on the right side of the box. Instead of shooting, last year's MLS scoring champion waited for Sam and the English midfielder fired a shot past Steward Ceus from atop the area for a 1-0 advantage in the seventh minute.
Zubar doubled the lead in the 15th minute off a corner kick. After a few quick passes, Sacha Kljestan took a shot that Ceus saved. The rebound came to Zubar, who slotted home from the right side and a two-goal bulge.
After a nice build-up by his teammates, second-half substitute Davis boosted the Red Bulls lead to 3-0 in the 70th minute. Mike Grella had the final pass to Davis, who sent a 20-yard shot to the lower left corner that went off Ceus' hands and just inside the post for his first goal with the first team.
Ceus smothered Dane Richards' attempt to make it a four-goal margin in the 80th minute.
The draw for the fifth round, also referred to as the Round of 16, will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET. U.S. Soccer will live stream the event.
NY - Lloyd Sam (Bradley Wright-Phillips) 7'
NY - Ronald Zubar 15'
NY - Sean Davis (Mike Grella, Bradley Wright-Phillips) 70'
ATL - Simon Mensing (caution, foul) 19'
ATL - Rauwshan McKenzie (caution, foul) 36'
ATL - Shaka Bangura (caution, foul) 57'
NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips (caution, foul) 75'
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Ronald Zubar (Andrew Jean-Baptiste, 46'), Roy Miller, Dax McCarty ©, Felipe, Sacha Kljestan (Sean Davis, 46'), Lloyd Sam (Dane Richards, 24'), Mike Grella, Bradley Wright-Phillips
TOTAL SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1.
Atlanta Silverbacks: Steward Ceus; Rauwshan McKenzie (Chris Christian, 39'), Paul Black, Simon Mensing ©, Jonathan Okafor, Dominic Oppong (Hans Denissen, 62'), Jaime Chavez, Shaka Bangura (Alex Harlley, 68'), Michael Reed, Kyle Porter, Kyle Miller
TOTAL SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 5.
Referee: Younes Marrakchi
Referee's Assistants: Logan Brown, Joseph Zawistowski
4th Official: Ernie Constantine