A makeshift lineup that was missing four starters. Midfielders playing defense. Forwards playing midfield. No matter for the Red Bulls. Two goals in the first three minutes of the match and a superlative defensive effort carried New York to a 3-0 stomping of Chicago last night in a picture-perfect setting at the Meadowlands.
With six (!) clean sheets in eight outings this season, and seven goals scored in its last two matches, New York is getting phenomenal results despite not playing its best soccer. It's easy to argue, though, that this year's squad is the most talented, deepest, and mojo-rich in Metro/RB history.
As the clock ticked down on the victory, and the raucous ESC crowd cranked up another ten-minute rendition of "Wipeout," it occurred to me that for the first time since 1996, New York may be the team to beat. MLS is a league of parity, but with a gaudy 5-1-2 record and a +11 goal differential, the on-field Red Bull resurrection has been a definitive success. Yes, New York has yet to face New England, DC, or an improved Kansas City squad, but it's hard to argue that it may finally, FINALLY, be New York's time.
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As the ESC says, "New York's chillin', Jersey's chillin', what more can we say... TOP BILLING! Have a great holiday weekend, everyone.