Harrision, NJ - In a game filled with spectator celebrities such as Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, an outstanding goalkeeping duel by Bouna Coundoul and Donovan Ricketts took a downturn with poor officiating and three moronic fans running to the pitch, Red Bull Arena was at it's majestic best tonight.
Never before had Red Bull Arena ever been so deafening.
With 10 minutes remaining in regular time and down by one goal, Red Bull supporters chanted, screamed, and pounded their drums in hopes of a tie.
The energy felt for that one minute was enough to offer a glimpse of how difficult it's going to be win in Red Bull Arena when it's filled with 25,000 fans.
Playing at home for the first time this season, the trio of Angel, Henry, and Marquez didn't live up to their fans' expectations.
Failing to send home crowd into a euphoric state, the New York Red Bulls tragically lost to the Los Angeles Angeles Galaxy 1-0.
Despite the overall solid play from the entire team, they missed an opportunity to earn three important points. As a result, the Red Bulls remain in second place with a 9-7-4 record and six points behind Eastern Conference leader, the Columbus Crew who lost to Real Salt Lake 2-0.
Without Head Coach Bruce Arena on the Galaxy's bench due to illness, the Galaxy was able to earn critical three points to improve to an MLS best record of 13-3-4.
Along with his game winning goal in the 10th minute of the game, Edson Buddle continues to lead the league in scoring with 13 goals.
For Los Angeles, this win sent shock waves throughout the league that they are very much the best team in the league and they will find ways to win in a hostile environment.
For the Red Bulls, the MLS transition for Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez has to be smoother because the team cannot afford to lose or tie too many more games. Since joining the Red Bulls, Thierry has yet to score a goal while the team has nose-dived to a 1-1-2 record.
While Henry and Marquez are adjusting to the MLS, Juan Pablo Angel and the rest of the team are going to have attack the net more successfully. One thing the Red Bulls have demonstrated over the past few games is that they're capable of attacking the net but they struggle in finishing off.
Despite the recent rejuvenation of Joel Lindpere, Macoumba Kandji and Dane Richards, the Red Bulls have only produced four goals in their last seven MLS games.
With 10 games remaining in their schedule, the Red Bulls are in danger of missing the postseason for the second consecutive year.
After 20 games in the season completed and with the acquisitions of Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez, anything less than a postseason is unacceptable.
The same manner in which Red Bulls Sporting Director, Eric Soler made clear that the organization is going to be aggressive in signing world class players, Red Bull fans are going to be equally aggressive in wanting a postseason this year.
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Cesar Diaz writes for Latino Sports. Please e-mail him your questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
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