Much-Improved New York Red Bulls Beat Chicago Fire, 1-0

It’s only one game, but it looked so much better than any game from 2009.

Red Bull New York’s 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire last night was a complete turnaround from what was only a five-win team from last year. Everything was noticeably different.

The most obvious difference was the new stadium and incredible fan support.

Instead of playing in front of a sparse crowd in barren Giants Stadium where the noise made, if any, would just dissipate into the wide open space, the Red Bulls were now the main event at a packed Red Bull Arena where the noise would bounce off the roof over the seats.

There were finally fans at the game and they were finally glad to be there.

Still, to win games things needed to be different on the pitch as well, and they were.

Passing was markedly better.

It all started from the back as rookie Tim Ream showed why he was so highly touted throughout the preseason. Not...

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