Lloyd Sam was flying down the wing early and often throughout the first half of play, suggesting something just might be in the works for the Red Bulls' offense. Sure enough, it was Sam who connected with Thierry Henry, who then led a sprinting Kenny Cooper in on a wide-open goal in the 27th minute that helped the Red Bulls take a 2-1 lead:
Even though the Red Bulls allowed an early goal in the sixth minute, the wide-open play at both ends of the pitch suggested more scoring was on the way. And on the way soon.
Markus Holgersson leveled the score in the 13th minute when he headed home Thierry Henry's corner kick:
We already told you about how the guys have been chatting about the release of FIFA 13. Now get a little bit of an inside look at the EA Sports FIFA 13 Launch Party in New York City:
After a week that included a home loss to Sporting Kansas City and a heart-wrenching draw against New England, it seemed safe to assume the Red Bulls would experience a slight drop in Week 29 Power Rankings. That certainly is the case across the board, as New York drops no lower than sixth overall this time around.
MLSSoccer.com has the Red Bulls dropping from second to fifth below the likes of fellow Conference rivals Chicago and Sporting Kansas City, but of whom will make the trip to Harrison before season's end.
Here's what ESPN Soccernet had to say about demoting New York from fifth to sixth:
"After delivering a tepid performance in midweek at home to Kansas City, New York thought it had snatched a stoppage-time victory over New England, only to cough up a late equalizer. Now N.Y. is looking nervously over its shoulder at surging D.C."
Sports Illustrated took a one-word approach to each team's rankings this week, which makes typing this sentence feel far too wordy. Nevertheless, New York makes the drop from third to fifth according to Avi Creditor's rankings:
That's this week's take on Power Rankings. What do you think? Is it too early to start predicting where NY may land in the power rankings by the end of the season?
Admittedly it's a bit hard to get everyone to agree on power rankings week in and week out, but for the most part the Red Bulls normally land within the same general location from one site to the other. In this week's Power Rankings, you'll notice that really isn't the case.
Maybe it's the impending postseason that causes the rankings to carry more weight, or perhaps it's the manner in which New York handled Columbus, but I suspected the Red Bulls wouldn't place any lower than third overall across the board.
MLSsoccer.com has the right idea, promoting the Red Bulls two spots up to No. 2 overall in this week's installment.
Soccer By Ives believes the Red Bulls need to mix it up on offense and find a way of getting guys like Le Toux and Cooper on the board against Sporting KC if they want to move beyond fourth overall:
"The current back four has settled into a good groove for the Red Bulls, but the attack has become a bit too reliant on Thierry Henry. New York will need either Kenny Cooper or Sebastien LeToux to get going if the Red Bulls are going to extend their five-match home winning streak against Sporting KC on Wednesday."
Very little movement at all in the Sports Illustrated rankings, where the Red Bulls maintain their hold on third place:
"Thierry Henry has the look of a player ready to put his team on his back and charge into the playoffs on a mission. The Red Bulls remain one of two teams to be unbeaten at home this season (Houston is the other), and four of the club's final six games are at Red Bull Arena, including a pair against Sporting KC and one against Chicago."
"Thierry Henry turned on the style in New York's 3-1 win over Columbus, which saw Rafa Marquez return to the lineup and actually contribute something positive. Dax McCarty continued his outstanding season with a header for the game-winner."
So, there you have it. In case you lost track while reading (I know I did), here's the breakdown:
This Week's Rankings
MLSsoccer - 2nd
Soccer By Ives - 4th
Sports Illustrated - 3rd
ESPNSoccernet - 5th