New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles stands on his head, Red Bulls play admirably in draw

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The New York Red Bulls were unsuccessful in their attempt to snag three points in Columbus. However, Luis Robles stood on his head and the team played admirably en-route to an entertaining draw.

The New York Red Bulls are starting a new undefeated streak as they managed to escape Columbus with a 1-1 draw.

The biggest story ahead of the matchup was all the key players that the red side was missing due to international duties.

Tyler Adams and Tim Parker were the two biggest names missing from the Red Bulls starting core and their lack of presence became obvious right from kickoff.

However, in an under the radar story, Luis Robles returned from his injury. Not only did he return to start a new iron man streak, he stood on his head the whole match and is the key reason the Red Bulls earned a point.

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Robles’ performance is not the least bit surprising. The guy is a stud plays like it every match he is healthy. Usually, Robles does not even have to make a ton of saves because the Red Bulls’ defense is so smothering.

However, this was not the case on Saturday. With the defense and midfield slightly depleted, and the team on short rest, Robles made save after save and kept the relentless attack of the Crew under control for the most part.

The entire first half Robles stood on his head. He was risking his own body and making great clears all game. The defense looked vulnerable and Robles only conceded once.

The Red Bulls are lucky to earn the point. It is a nice cushion to maintain a top 5 spot in the Eastern Conference.

But given the circumstances, and despite the shaky play, the Red Bulls still played admirably in Ohio.

The team’s most productive players are on leave and Bradley Wright-Phillips was essentially shut down for 90 minutes. Aside from being the victim of a questionable offside call, he was rarely a factor.

The Red Bulls used a strong second half to eventually head one in to tie it. The goal would be enough to not lose.

Columbus should have scored more. A few shots dinged off the posts and just went wide. But the amount of heart Robles played with is still unbelievable.

The New York Red Bulls continue to impress on a weekly basis. No matter what starting XI they have it seems to work. Even with three matches in seven days, they still walk away with a 1-1-1 record.

They are overall a good team. Even Ryan Meara played well backing up Robles for a few weeks.

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However, Luis Robles once again proves why he is the guy. He is the reason the Red Bulls got out of Columbus unharmed. What a stud. Great job by the captain once again.