FOXBOROUGH, Mass. With the ejections of Carlos Mendes and Roy Miller, the undermanned New York Red Bulls lost for the fourth straight time as they valiantly fell victims to the New England Revolution, 3-2.
With this loss, the Red Bulls fall to 5-5-0—third place in the Eastern Conference.
During this recent tailspin, the Red Bulls have been outscored 11-3. In addition, they've lost the last two home games to the Seattle Sounders and Eastern Conference leader Columbus Crew.
After a 1-4 regular season record for the month of May, fans are probably questioning the coaching of Hans Backe. It also wouldn't be surprising if they're also wondering if Juan Pablo Angel's skills have eroded and if Bouna Coundoul will return to the form which he exhibited during their first six games.
After the first ten games in 2010 MLS season, Red Bull fans have no reason to go ballistic. The team has already exceeded expectations. A season ago, this is a team that finished 5-19-6. With the exception of the loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Red Bulls were in position to tie/win their last three games.
Even in their 3-1 home loss to the Columbus Crew, the Red Bulls moved the ball well and played aggressively. Had their three shots on goal not hit the post, the team could have possibly won 4-3.
Aside from their regular season schedule, the Red Bulls competed in the U.S. Open Cup where they faced the New England Revolution and the Colorado Rapids. In addition, they had a friendly against Serie A's Juventus F.C. In those victories, the Red Bulls outscored their opponents 9-1.
If you combine their regular season record with their US. Open Cup and friendly match, the Red Bulls finished the month of May with an overall record of 4-4-0 in which they tied their opposition with 12 goals.
Granted, regular season games have more value but any win the team is able to receive during that span is good for the team's confidence. If the they're able to finish their remaining 20 games with a 10-10 record (at minimum), they'll qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs.
Fans have to take into consideration that they've yet to sign their second designated player who will be making his debut right after the World Cup.
Until then, the Red Bulls will continue to play hard and hopefully, it'll result more wins.
Cesar Diaz is the Soccer Editor for Latino Sports. Please send him your questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.