This was a tale of two halves for the Red Bulls too. The first half, they were firing! They had a ton of pressure on Cincinnati and it looked like it was going to be a blow out. They had numerous chances and could not convert other than Lade's strike late in the first half. In the 2nd half though, Cincy started to push forward and got very physical on defense too.
This really stifled the Red Bulls attack which it really put a lot of pressure on their defense. Cincinnati had three great scoring opportunities go off the posts which could have been the difference in the game.
The Red Bulls seemed to be resting many of their top players. It almost came back to bite them in the second half.
Lineup & Substitutions
They were ready. Used a lot of younger players in this one, but the offense was getting opportunities and the defense was solid. They did not match Cincinnati's intensity in the 2nd half though and the subs did not have much of an impact on the game.
Generating Scoring Opportunities
Set Pieces (Direct/Indirect)
Executing Defensive Game Plan
Controlling Offensive Pressure
Preventing Scoring Opportunities
Conceding/Defending Set Pieces
First half was excellent. They ran into problems in the 2nd half though with controlling the Cincy attack and intensity. Cincy's speed and athleticism were causing issues for them and they were in a "bend, don't break" mode. They gave up too many quality shots and got lucky with three shots off the posts.
Generate Offensive Counterattacks
Defensive Support & Transition
Alex Muyl (19)
Connor Lade (5)
Best game I have seen from him. High energy. effective in attack and tough on defense. He was also in right spot for put-back to score the only goal
Daniel Royer (77)
Royer had a solid game too and was the catalyst of the offense.
Luis Robles (31)
Solid, but not much he can do on the goal. Did have a couple of misplays on high balls.
Marc Rzatkowski (90)
Michael Murillo (62)
Late sub, but not much of a factor.
Tim Parker (26)
NYRB's best defender on the night. He had to bale them out numerous times.