HARRISON, N.J. — Rumors of the New York Red Bulls' demise appear to be overrated.
One week after a less than inspiring 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake, the Red Bulls dominated Colorado from whistle to whistle on Saturday, posting a solid 3-1 win at Red Bull Arena.
A look at the player ratings from the match.
GK Bouna Coundoul: Several solid saves when called up. There was no way to stop the blistering goal-of-the-year nominee from Omar Cummings. Rating: 6
D Chris Albright: Another effective display in individual defending but also in pushing the ball forward. Albright is the most underrated addition this offseason. Rating: 6.5
D Carlos Mendes: Tough to beat as usual and a nice step-up after a rough outing last weekend. Won his battles in controlling a difficult forward tandem for the Rapids. Rating: 6
D Tim Ream: Lost in the hoopla of his first MLS goal was his good man-marking, in particular some strong recoveries on the speedy Cummings. Rating: 7
D Roy Miller: A complete effort from the Costa Rican, who pushed forward well from a deep position and is forming a nice chemistry with Lindpere on the left flank. Rating: 6.5
M Dane Richards: What is the Jamaican international eating? Another scintillating effort by Richards, who created all sorts of issues for the Rapids. Danced through the Colorado backline for New York’s third goal. Rating: 7.5
M Rafa Márquez: Until injury forced him from the field in the second half, Márquez controlled the flow of the midfield as he's done ever since he signed with the club. Rating: 7.5
M Tony Tchani: An overall potent display. Moved well with the ball at his feet, and showed improved ability as a complete two-way midfielder. Nice assist on the Ream goal. Rating: 6.5
M Joel Lindpere: Simply splendid and daring give-and-go with Thierry Henry for New York’s first goal. Lindpere looks at home on the left flank and lost in the assist was some terrific defensive work. Rating: 6.5
F Thierry Henry: Well-taken opener for New York on the afternoon. His movement opened up the Colorado backline for the Red Bulls all afternoon. Rating: 7
F Juan Pablo Angel: It didn’t show up on the scoresheet, but Ángel did lots of holding and ball-winning, and unselfishly played the ball to Richards for the third goal. His hard work won the ball and his clever vision set up the goal. Rating: 6.5
F Mac Kandji: A quiet run, didn’t see much of the ball in his limited second-half action. Rating: 5
M Seth Stammler: Ran the midfield for the final 15 minutes in place of Márquez, winning the ball deep and distributing quickly. Rating: 6