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NY Red Bulls’ fall to Sporting KC

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It happened again, the New York Red Bulls choked when it was time to shine.

For the first time since 2003, the Red Bulls made it to the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final. Unfortunately, their trophy case remains empty.

It’s worth noting that head coach Jesse Marsch chose to rest regular starters (following their 0-0 against the Philadelphia Union). The most noticeable absence was the near impenetrable goalie, Luis Robles. Instead, backup goalie, Ryan Meara, became the starter.

Sporting KC outperformed the Red Bulls once they’ve found the back of the net. Latif Blessing’s header was the first shot to the heart of the team. All of the best efforts by New York resulted in nothing. Daniel Salloi scored the winning game late in the 2nd half. Ironically, Salloi was questionable, as he had suffered an injury in the last match. New York’s star striker, Bradley Wright-Phillips, scored what ended up being a consolation goal, in the last twenty minutes of the match.

This is an unfortunate trend for the team, as they always fall short once a shot at championship gold is within arms reach

The Red Bulls went back home empty handed, continuing the two-decade-plus championship drought. Their only title is the Supporters’ Shield, which is still a very respectable prize, but the big one is still missing.

Now that this is part of the past, the team will shift their full focus on the regular MLS season. Somehow, the elite team of the Eastern Conference sits right in the middle of the table. The likes of Toronto FC and NYCFC sit comfortably in 1st and 2nd place respectably. On Saturday, the Red Bulls have the chance to get back to their winning ways, as they will take on the Columbus Crew.

Photo credit: New York Red Bulls

Luis Flores