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Charlotte 2-0 Red Bulls: New York wilts in Carolina heat

After another opportunity to reach the top of the Eastern Conference table was squandered, Gerhard Struber wondered out loud whether his New York Red Bulls are capable of moving into the pole position.

“Perhaps we are not ready for this.”

With no tongue-in-cheek toast of a Red Bull can, the Austrian manager cut a forlorn figure after his team dropped a painful 2-0 result to Charlotte FC on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Ben Bender and Derrick Jones at the end of each half were enough for the reeling North Carolina side to earn an unlikely win in their first game after the firing of manager Miguel Angel Ramirez.