How do you find the words to describe 18 years of pain?
Finding the words to describe one night of joy, of glory, of elated and rapturous bliss is something entirely different, though. Metro legend and head coach Mike Petke proved just how easy it was in his post-match address to the Red Bulls faithful. Those fortunate enough to be in attendance to witness a 5-2 victory and the club's first-ever title were treated to a genuine speech from the rookie head coach.
MSG's coverage of the event was posted on the club's official website following the match:
When I was lucky enough to get this job, I wanted one thing only: To give guys [the fans] a team you could be proud of. I think we accomplished that. I want you to enjoy this tonight. Enjoy this moment. Enjoy it tonight. Tomorrow we focus on our next goal. But enjoy it tonight, guys.
There wasn't much enjoyment early on, though.
An opening strike from Mike Magee returned the same uneasy feeling that plagued the franchise for 17 dreary seasons. Just the thought of the "Curse of Caricola" turned the stomachs of every New Yorker for the first 25 minutes.
Then, Thierry Henry struck.
A goal worthy of its own flipbook treatment rattled the stands. The 25,219 in attendance let out a deafening roar. The pressure was on.
The floodgates opened.
An onslaught of strikes from Ibrahim Sekagya, Lloyd Sam, Eric Alexander and Johnny Steele devoured the Fire. Nothing was left of the Chicago club when the final whistle was blown, including a chance to participate in the postseason.
The Supporters' Shield belongs to the New York Red Bulls.
Enjoy it now. Enjoy it forever.
This title lasts a lifetime.