The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
NY opened up Red Bull Arena for the 2013 season by hosting DC United, playing to a less than sold out crowd (announced attendance: 22022). Despite NY’s 24 sttempts to DC’s 5, NY could not find the back of the net. On the flip side, DC couldn’t find the back of the net either, so NY managed to end the game with a point, or as most people will see it, NY dropped 2 very winnable points.
Solid Back Line
Pearce-Holgersson-Olave-Barklage. That’s the back line that shutout DC. That’s the back line which should be starting every game, barring injury. Miller was removed from the starting eleven, as he should have been. Pearce was moved to left back, as most people agreed was the best choice, and Holgersson filled in his spot in the center. The results were great. DC had all of 5 attempts. De Rosario had an ineffective 76 minutes, and he and Pontius were the only ones with Shots on Goal. This is the defence that Petke needs to trout out every game, no questions asked.
57.3% possession, 24 attempts, 7 shots on goal, 0 goals scored. This game came down to whether or not NY could score, and they just couldn’t. Bill Hamid had a great second half, but the Red Bulls had plenty of opportunities to put one in the net and just couldn’t. Things like this happen from time to time. It sucked that NY couldn’t score, but the amount of possession & attempts are a good sign of things to come if the team can be steady.
Lack of Attendance
Reported attendance today was 22022, from inside the stadium, it did not look like that. Yes, the lower bowl was mostly full, but one again a lot of seats at the midfield logo were empty. The top half of the 200 level on the north side of the stadium was empty (minus the DC Supporters). I know the attendance number is based off of ticket sales, but for a home opener, the 22k number is still too low. A home opener should be close to, if not completely sold out.
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