The New York Red Bulls absolutely dominated and outclassed their opponents, the Chicago Fire, in front of a sold-out crowd at their very own Red Bull Arena. Whether it was the the way they scored their goals or the way each player played an unselfish role in this milestone, it was a game that they will not soon forget.
They went down 1-0 early to a Mike Magee opener, but found an equalizer through Thierry Henry to keep things level until the halftime interval. In the second half, they scored four and allowed a late header to win this game by the score of 5-2.
Even though he did not score, Luyindula is the man of the match in my book with the absolute brilliance he showed on the ball as he notches a few assists tonight. His unselfishness allowed his teammates to utilize their skills on the ball, and his ability to run into open spaces scattered the Chicago defense, who were lost for most of the night.
Tonight marks the very first major trophy won the this Red Bulls team as they were the only original MLS franchise to not win a big one since the league’s inaugural season in 1996. Well, luckily for them, that all changed tonight.
The only worrying aspect of this is that they could end up facing the same curse that has haunted them in recent years: slipping up at home in the postseason before they even get close to the big game. Hopefully for them, they can play the same soccer they have been and go all the way to winning their first MLS title.