The New York Red Bulls were stifled from a victory Saturday night.
The Red bulls faced FC Dallas at home in Harrison, New Jersey on Saturday, and even with a myriad of opportunities, they concluded the match tied 0-0. The Red Bulls remained completely dominant during the entire match, out-shooting FC Dallas 20 to 5.
The momentum of the game was rising along with the fans' chants in the first half, as the Red Bulls almost sealed the deal but were stopped by Dallas goalie Maarten Paes time after time. The Red Bulls maintained the majority of possession during the match, and the majority of the activity took place in Dallas territory which displayed New York's best efforts and performance during the match.
As the game progressed, the disappointment and weariness in the crowd became more and more apparent. It seemed perhaps fans were feeling the same dread they faced during last season when the Red Bulls struggled to put the ball in the net. This year was set out to be different, especially with new additions Lewis Morgan, attained from Inter Miami CF in exchange for $1.2 million in general allocation money, and Brazilian footballer. Both were acquired to give the Red Bulls explosive attack talent. Both got the opportunity to work hand in hand Saturday and displayed a great performance on the field on their attempt to end the scoreless draw.
Play on Saturday also became increasingly physical in the negative aspects of the game. It seemed the players were confusing the match for a boxing ring as punches, elbowing, and shirt pulling started reigning over both sides. Unfortunately for both teams, a peak moment was concluding the entire match in a full blown unsportsmanlike physical fight.
New York goalie, Carlos Coronel had three saves and was named man of the match, while Paes had five for Dallas. The New York Red Bulls are still seeking their first home win after a 0-0 draw and went home with their second point in their fourth game of the season. The Red Bulls face Orlando city on the road, Saturday, April 23.
“What we invest in this game, in all four phases of the game, we create what we want and get the chances we want,” said Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber postgame.