2009 Recap: This is the toughest review I have had to write because it is almost impossible to describe just how disappointing NYRB was this year. After making it to the MLS Cup in 2008, the Red Bulls were – by far and away – the worst team in 2009. They ended the season 5-19-6 with a -20 goal differential. Even worse, they went 0-13-2 on the road, earning them the ignominous title of the worst road team in MLS history. Sadly, there was no silver lining.
Top Players: Having “Top Players” for NYRB is like having a “Most Chaste” award during the annual Porn Oscars. I guess you could say Juan Pablo Angel was their best player since he scored 12 goals. But, he also took the 3rd most shots in the league. Kandji also did OK in spurts and Dane Richards was dangerous when he wanted to be (which was not often), but everyone else wasn’t just bad – they were deplorable. In short, it is time for NY to rebuild their Bulls.
Symbolic Stats: There are so many stats that highlight NYRB’s deficiencies, I can’t cite them all here. They were the 2nd worst team at home and the worst on the road (where they were outscored 3-27). What is the saddest stat of all though? How about this one: in games NY gave up the first goal, they were 0-19-3. That’s sad. Thus, it’s fitting that they suffered a noticeable drop in attendance too. When you give up in that many games, fans start to give up on you.
2009 MLS Season Review: