New York Red Bulls remain Major League Soccer’s only unbeaten side this season as they extended their streak to seven to open the campaign in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Red Bull Arena.
The result means the Red Bulls have now tied back-to-back games 1-1 at home after Sunday’s tie with LA Galaxy, and with just one win in four, players are starting to get frustrated with the slow starts to matches as the team have conceded the first goal in all four of their draws so far.
“It’s getting annoying,” Sacha Kljestan said after the game. “It’s not the way we want to start games. I think it just comes down to a little bit of focus. Our mentality has been so good to come back, but it’s like ‘Why are we putting ourselves in those positions?’
“Sometimes it comes down to individual plays, sometimes it comes down to just having a good mentality from the kickoff.”
Red Bulls players react to draw with Rapids on Wednesday (via New York Red Bulls on YouTube):
The Red Bulls missed the opportunity to go top of the Eastern Conference on Wednesday night as they remain a point behind New England Revolution and DC United after eight weeks, though New York have a game in hand over the Revs.
They have scored the first goal in all three of their victories so far this season but conceding first in their last two at home is something goalkeeper Luis Robles is also frustrated with.
“We don’t do ourselves any favours when we give goals up at home,” Robles said. “Now we’re chasing the game, down a goal.
“That changes the entire dynamic of the game. Instead of being able to pressure them in their half and find chances, now we’re spraying balls over the top and, at the moment, it’s looking a little desperate.”Embed from Getty Images
English winger Lloyd Sam also mentioned the concerns over the Red Bulls’ slow starts as a largely disappointed tone seemed to come out of the team dressing room after Wednesday’s draw.
He thinks that the unbeaten streak will only last a short time longer if they continue to concede first and revealed the team are desperate to now “bounce back”.
“We’re giving ourselves a mini mountain to climb. We normally get a goal back but it’s too much to get another goal.
“One of these days it’s going to be too much to bounce back. We’d like to bounce back and get the three points. Tonight we bounced back and got a draw. It’s not really what we want at home.”
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