By Samuel Goldman
Arsenal visited New Jersey to compete in an international friendly against the New York Red Bulls on July 26. Traffic problems reduced the crowd size. The loud passionate Gooners outnumbered the home fans. Major League Soccer benefited from its international counterpart.
A monster sign held in the stands by multiple fans depicting Thierry Henry bridged the global soccer gap. His former team utilized fluid ball movement early in the match to attack New York’s offensive zone. Both clubs failed to capitalize on early scoring chances. Travel affected their performance.
Premier League teams have recently been spotted all over the United States. Their annual summer tour continues to attract attention. Supporter clubs flock to major cities. Yesterday’s appearance was Arsenal’s only summer stop in the states.
17-year-old Arsenal protégé Arsene Wegner made a minimal impact on the match. New York depended on its starters. Bradley Wright scored the matche’s lone goal. Their lack of substitutions ended up being beneficial. A stellar save performance cemented the Red Bulls 1-0 Victory.