|photo from Matt Kremkau|
Chris Armas stood positive after New York Red Bulls' draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon. Especially after the team surrendered a stoppage time equalizer just minutes away from stealing their first regular season win at Rio Tinto Stadium.
"It's a valuable point for us," said Armas after the game. "Hard fought, well earned and I'm proud of the guys for that. A lot of teams are going to come to this building this year and not get any points. Our last two visits, we didn't get any points. We our previous two. So to see the guys show up today and be aggressive, get the first goal, stick to what we're trying to do was great to see."
New York didn't dominate any stat other than the scoreline for a majority of the game. Cristian Casseres Jr. scored the game's opening goal in the 13th minute with a shot from well outside the 18-yard box. The goal came against the run of play and New York was unable to sustain any kind of momentum for the rest of the contest.
It is the second straight week where New York was unable to keep a clean sheet and while the result may still be a positive one, there is concern over the team's ability to defend. Salt Lake was able to retain possession, pin the Red Bulls in their half and create dangerous opportunities that went unpunished. Still, the team was able to survive and pull out a much needed road point.
"As a coach, to see a team that sticks together, that is together, that suffers together, I'm proud of them for that," said Armas. "It's a shame we didn't get all three. We scraped until the end and had it in our grasp. Credit Salt Lake for a good push they made."
Next up is a trip to Minnesota for New York. Work will hope that Aaron Long is ready to return to the defense and potentially help keep the ball out of the back of the net.