|photo by Matt Kremkau
New York Red Bulls followed up a harrowing win over Austin FC with a dismal display that saw them cough up a lead at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night. The team led past the 75th minute only to surrender the game late and abandon much needed points.
New York started fast and strong with goals from Dru Yearwood and Aaron Long before the 20th minute. Early warning signs reared their heads just after when Cristian Casseres Jr. suffered from a mental lapse that allowed Diego Rubio to bring the game to within one. Luckily New York responded quickly with Luquinhas drawing a penalty that was converted by Lewis Morgan to restore the two-goal lead.
A shot from outside the box by Keegan Rosenberry gave Colorado hope just before half time with the score 3-2. It stood that way well into the second half but not without moments of doubt. Colorado pressured and exposed New York's tired legs. Substitutions did little to spark the team as the Rapids found the equalizer in the 77th minute through Collen Warren's conversion off a corner kick.
From there the momentum remained with Colorado and they found the game winner in the 80th minute. Michael Barrios converted a close range effort to sink New York's hopes of victory. Dantouma Toure added another for good measure and the Red Bulls could do little but find a consolation from Tom Barlow before the final whistle.
New York loses the opportunity to grab third place in the Eastern Conference, with another home loss to a lesser opponent. The Rapids remain well under the playoff line in the Western Conference and New York continue to struggle in front of their home fans. While New York remains six points clear of both Orlando and Columbus, games in hand could see them fall as low as sixth in the coming weeks should they not rebound.
Next up is a Saturday night rivalry game against DC United at Audi Field. The pressure will be on for New York to produce after such a rough performance. Wayne Rooney and crew will hope to continue Red Bulls' rough luck but head coach Gerhard Struber will have motivation to best the team's oldest rivals and return some stability to the team's standing in the Eastern Conference.