They were outshot 27-5. They conceded 64.6 percent of the ball.
So, how exactly did the New York Red Bulls capture a 3-2 victory at Sporting Park?
The answer: Counter. Counter. Counter.
After entering the half deadlocked at one, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke made the decisive adjustment in the 60th minute. Lloyd Sam entered the match in place of Eric Alexander. Three minutes later, Sam let his presence be known.
After receiving a perfect outlet pass from midfielder Ibrahim Sekagya, Sam delivered a through ball to Fabian Espindola. The Argentine made the most of his opportunity by burying the shot in the far left corner.
It took 12 seconds and three perfectly executed passes to give the Red Bulls the lead.
New York's counter didn't end there.
After easily suffocating a Soony Saad shot, Robles offered his best Aaron Rodgers impression in the 69th minute. A Hail Mary toss found the feet of midfielder Johnny Steele past center pitch. The Irishman needed one touch before delivering a cross into the area.
Sam buried the dagger with cold-blooded ease.
This time, it only took 11 seconds and two perfectly executed passes to silence the capacity crowd in Kansas City. The decisive goal—sprung by another perfect counter—gave New York a signature 3-2 win on the road.
Twenty-three seconds. Two goals. That's how you erase 518 minutes of ineptitude.