HARRISON, N.J. – Red smoke billowed from the South Ward section for the hardcore fans at Red Bull Arena. Their drums reverberated and their voices and claps carried. They were enjoying themselves, alternating between glee – as their own team looked perhaps the best it had in any of its 20 seasons – and schadenfreude – as their archrivals took a savage soccer beating.
To call the residents of the South Ward long-suffering is to shortchange their misery somehow. The New York Red Bulls, and the pre-rebrand MetroStars before that, have at times conjured a special kind of dysfunction, a malpractice that has beggared belief, reason and even the worst of luck. So in the bone-soaking humidity of a summer night in New Jersey, they took it all in on Sunday. They gobbled up every scrap of the Red Bulls' 3-0 thrashing of D.C. United, which, with a few different bounces and less than stellar work from goalkeeper Bill Hamid, could have been a multiple of that score line. The Red Bulls outshot D.C.Read More »from From anger to elation: How Red Bulls became MLS's best team in the East