Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara stepped up big on a number of Real Salt Lake shot attempts to keep the Red Bulls within striking distance, but goals from Fabian Espindola (39') and Luis Gil (58') proved to be enough for the Western Conference side as they went on to win by the final of 2-0 Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
"They definitely are top three in this league, so the good sign for us was the way we responded after going down two-nil," said Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe. "We controlled the game, dictated the game, created a couple of chances. That's a good sign and credit to the players the way they responded after going down."
New York applied heavy pressure for the better part of the second half, as the pairing of Kenny Cooper, who subbed on at the half, and Thierry Henry looked for ways to capitalize on offense. Defender Jan Gunnar Solli created a number of chances as well on crosses into the box, but failed to find a target to send one home.
The loss hands New York its second of the season, dropping the team's record to 0-2-0 as they return to Red Bull Arena for the highly-anticipated Mar. 25 home opener against the Colorado Rapids. Great seats are starting at $20. Get your tickets now
Here are a few photos from Saturday's match against RSL:
Down 2-0, with the Red Bulls pressing on offense, Thierry Henry tried to spark a comeback with a highlight-reel attempt that just went wide from registering the team's first goal of the game.
It may have just missed the mark, but as you'll hear (and see) in the video below, it was quite the "acrobatic play by Henry."
The New York City Arsenal supporters group has organized a special outing for the Mar. 25 home opener against the Colorado Rapids at Red Bull Arena. Not only will those in attendance be on hand to watch Thierry Henry, but the group also situated a post-match event – a special Q&A with the Red Bulls captain.
To attend the post-match event you MUST buy tickets through the NYC Arsenal Supporters website. There are two ticket options. The first option gets you a ticket to the game and the event after. The second option gets you the ticket and roundtrip bus transportation -- including refreshments on the bus -- to and from the group's home pub, The Blind Pig in New York City. All tickets will be emailed to you.
In the wake of an opening day defeat at the hands of FC Dallas, Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry was adamant that teamwork and unity, on and off the field, will be the key to New York's success this season.
"This is not my team, this is our team, " Henry said after Wednesday's training session at Montclair State University. "It is a team effort when you win the game, nothing to do with the individual."
Having assisted Kenny Cooper's goal, Henry has already shown his contribution that stretches far beyond an extravagant goal tally. Cooper made smart, cutting runs behind the defense as soon as he was subbed in. Henry saw an opening and played an effectively weighted through ball for Cooper to lob past Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman.
"The team brings you somewhere, then the individual takes control in the last minute, not at the beginning," Henry said. "Individuals every now and then step up, but other than that, it's got to be a team effort, and I've said it for a very long time. Everybody from Fernando the kit man to us has to pull the same weight."
The club will look to show the qualities Henry emphasized this Saturday against a resurgent Real Salt Lake side that is coming off an impressive come-from-behind, 3-1 victory over the defending champion LA Galaxy.
Saturday's match also marks the first regular season broadcast on MSG+. Keep an eye out for special promo codes throughout the match for your chance to Watch and Win. More info available here.
Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty and defender Stephen Keel were on hand for the New York Knicks' 121-79 blow-out win over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.
MSG's Tina Cervasio spoke with the guys during the second quarter of the game. Here's a replay of the interview with Dax and Stephen:
Following his MLS debut in the season opener against FC Dallas, rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara has been nominated for Save of the Week. Check out the other nominees below, and be sure to cast your vote for Meara. Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday.
CLICK HERE for complete Save of the Week coverage, including an archive of this year's winners.
The Red Bulls resumed practice as usual Wednesday afternoon at Montclair State University as they're preparing for this Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake (10pm ET on MSG+). It was the team's first full session since this past weekend's season opener in Dallas.
Jan Gunnar Solli, Stephen Keel, Thierry Henry, Dane Richards, Kenny Cooper and Coach Hans Backe spoke with the media following the session about the team's play in Dallas, what needs to change moving forward and the play of rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara. Below is a collection of clips, courtesy of our broadcast partner, MSG. Keep an eye out for more clips from training in the upcoming match preview right here on NewYorkRedBulls.com:
The Red Bulls are hosting a special Tweet-Up event at Red Bull Arena for the home opener on Sunday, Mar. 25, when New York hosts the Colorado Rapids at 4pm ET.
Your purchase of a $25 ticket includes a pre-game reception with light snacks, a cash bar and a meet and greet with a Red Bulls player before the match. Additionally, all fans in attendance at the pre-game event will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win two field-level seats!
Feel free to bring your camera or, better yet, Tweet photos of the Arena, the Tweet-Up or anything else that catches your eye before the place fills up prior to kick off.
Take advantage of the special offer here.