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RECAP: Red Bulls rally to beat Columbus Crew, 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Garry Redman

HARRISON, NJ  - Dante Vanzier's late goal capped a dramatic finish as the Red Bulls defeated the Columbus Crew, 2-1, to give them their first win of the season. 

With both teams needing help finding the back of the net early this season, the Red Bulls and the Crew midfielders had problems stringing consecutive passes together, making the match very hard to watch for those in attendance and watching on television. 

But in the 33rd minute, the visitors wound up scoring the match's first goal due to Carlos Coronel's ghastly defensive mistake. Moving out of his box and attempting to beat Alexandru Matan to the ball, but he mistimed it. There was nothing he could do as he watched helplessly as the ball rolled into the back of the net.

From there, the Red Bulls spent the rest of the half fruitlessly trying to break through the Crew's defense, frustrating the team and their supporters. 

The second half saw the Red Bulls applying their standard pressure upfield, putting Columbus' defenders on their heels. And it paid off in the 58th minute as Elias Manuel started a break down the pitch and dished it over to Corey Burke, who blasted toward the net but was blocked by Eloy Room but wasn't saved. Luquinhas picked up the loose ball and banged in the equalizer. 

The match looked like it was going to end in a draw until Christian Casseres connected with John Tolkin and scampered down the sideline, where he crossed the ball over to a wide-open Vanzier, and with one touch, volleyed the ball in midair past the Columbus goalkeeper, who dove too late to stop the shot, putting the Red Bulls in the lead, much to the sheer delight of the supporters. 

Final Thoughts:

It took three matches, but Dante Vanzier finally opened his account with the Red Bulls in dramatic fashion. While his signing brought some additional expectations within the supporters, it looks like Struber's careful game management was just what the young striker needed to get him off and running. For Vanzier and his teammates, here's hoping that his goal could be the start of something special for him this season and beyond. 

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes, Dylan Nealis Frankie Amaya, Cameron Harper (Dante Vanzeir 75’), Cristian Casseres Jr., Luquinhas (Omir Fernandez 90’ + 1’), Daniel Edelman (Elias Manoel 45’), Cory Burke (Tom Barlow 84’), Luquinhas 

Columbus Crew: Eloy Room, Philp Quinton, Milos Degenek, Mohamed Farsi, Will Sands (Jimmy Medranda 80’), Steven Moreira, Darlington Nagbe, Aidan Morris, Lucas Zelaryan, Yaw Yeboah (Jacen Russell-Rowe 62’), Alexandru Matan


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