The third round of the New York Derby looked like it was headed toward a daw, until one mistake in the 85th minute led to a goal, and saw the Red Bulls leave Yankee Stadium without a point.
It was a disappointing loss for the Red Bulls, as they're now looking up at NYCFC in the standings, after coming into Sunday's match one point ahead.
"It’s obviously disappointing to not come away with points here," Head Coach Chris Armas said. "Obviously, it was close in the end, close to getting a draw, and maybe even with the push we made in the second half, maybe three, but to leave here after a big match, a Derby match, is disappointing."
The match was Armas' first game as Head Coach of the Red Bulls, and as Captain Luis Robles put it, this isn't the way the team wanted to start off his tenure.
"I think everyone is disappointed," Robles said. "We really wanted to take a big step forward with Chris and a lot of the talk before was obviously about the group. We want to continue to get points but at the same time when you think about the transition Chris is making, it would make his life a lot easier getting a win against New York City. Unfortunately, we just didn't have the type of performance today to get that. It’s a bit disappointing, but with that being said its on to the next one."
Sean Davis also spoke with the media postgame, and talked about how although this was a disappointing loss, the team plans on learning from their mistakes and turning the page.
"Both teams put a lot of energy in, disappointing results for us for sure," Davis said. "After we got out a competed in the first half, we did a good job getting a hold of the game in the second it's a little disappointing to give up a goal late but there are some good takeaways and we are looking forward to next week.”
The Red Bulls will look to get back on the win column on Saturday, July 14, as they return home to take on a Sporting KC team that currently sits third in the Western Conference standings.