Harrison, NJ - Following last week's 4-0 shell-shocking loss to the LA Galaxy, Seattle desperately needed a win. New York, also reeling from a 4-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquake, was in the same boat. Coming off the bench, Seattle's Fredy Montero scored the game winning goal in the 85th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
Playing in a packed and boisterous Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls six-game home winning streak swiftly came to an end. With this loss, New York is now one point ahead of the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls, with their two game losing skid, clearly have some issues to address.
After allowing just four goals in his first six games, Bouna Coundoul has allowed five goals in the last two games. In both losses, Juan Pablo Angel has been unable to find his scoring touch.
Overall, the team has struggled to create opening spaces within the scoring area. They're relying on too many passes.
The Red Bulls best scoring chance came in the 24th minute, when Seattle’s Sanna Nyassi fouled Joel Lindpere on the left of the Sounders FC penalty area. With an opportunity to give New York the lead, Angel’s free kick sailed just inches over the bar.
Seattle came out aggressively faster in the second half. The Sounders appeared to be the more determined team.
Despite their defensive performance, the Red Bulls weren't able to pressure Seattle's goalkeeper, Kasey Keller, on offense. Following a second consecutive shutout, the team may be wise to tinker with their formation.
With the loss, the Red Bulls still stand on top of the Eastern Conference at 5-3. They'll face the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena next Thursday. The winner of that match will be in first place in the Eastern Conference.
Cesar Diaz is the Soccer Editor for Latino Sports. Please send him your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.