Red Bulls were susceptible to counter attacks in first half and were lucky to walk away with a one goal advantage at halftime. it took a save off the goal line and a couple strong Meara saves to keep the advantage. The Red Bulls came out strong in the second half and really turned on the pressure. They sealed it about midway through and Royer added two late to blow NYCFC away.
Generating Scoring Opportunities
Set Pieces (Direct/Indirect)
Much better second half, although NYRB controlled most of the game. They kept play on the NYCFC side for most of the game.
Executing Defensive Game Plan
Controlling Offensive Pressure
Preventing Scoring Opportunities
Conceding/Defending Set Pieces
Red Bulls needed a lot of luck to come out of the first half without an opposing goal. NYCFC really did not have anything in the second half and pulled Villa early - a signal of defeat in what was still a 1-0 game at the time. After that, the Red Bulls defense was not challenged until a late flurry at the end of an otherwise 4-0 game.
Generate Offensive Counterattacks
Defensive Support & Transition
Midfield was pushing up and offering a great deal of support to offense, but they were being burned in counterattack - particularly in first half.