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Three points to make on a huge goal at Red Bull Arena

May 19, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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At this point, it really doesn’t matter why Tim Cahill had so badly misplaced his scoring form over the man’s initial few months around Red Bull Arena.

He has found the sweet spot, and his latest goal saved the day for the Red Bulls. Thanks largely to their Aussie international – with a big assist from center back Jamison Olave, who was an absolute force along the home team’s back line Sunday – the Red Bulls grabbed all three points in their only meeting of 2013 against the two-time defending champion Galaxy.

There’s plenty to talk about on the game’s only goal (which is below on video):

Jamison Olave played a role on Cahill’s strike: Red Bulls center back Jamison Olave played a role in the goal that was easy to miss in all the hulabaloo over Cahill and whether LA’s goalkeeper erred, etc.

Olave cleaned out Omar Gonzalez from behind as the Galaxy center back, so dominant in the air, prepared to deal with Juninho’s floating free kick. As Gonzalez tumbled, he hit fellow center back A.J. DeLaGarza. So there went the Galaxy’s main resistance, especially considering that …

Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was stuck to his line: I’ve said before, Carlo Cudicini is not the upgrade in goal that  fans around the HDC might have expected, especially considering the Italian vet was coming from one of the better clubs in one of the world’s better leagues. (He was the third man for Spurs.)

Juninho’s free kick from about 45 yards dropped inside the Galaxy goal area. That’s the goalkeeper’s ball, especially when coming from such a distance. A few Galaxy teammates seemed to make the point, too.

Cahill’s scoring form: Cahill had just one goal in his first 20 appearances for New York, a rate of production so meager that chatter was increasingly quickly about whether Cahill’s arrival was nearing the “bust” zone.

Never mind all that. He has four goals now in New York’s last five matches.  By the way, three have been game-winners.  So, along with everything else Cahill contributes to the Red Bulls’ cause, we can tamp down that simmering little brush fire of a debate for now.

Here’s the goal:

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  1. manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    At the very least this is a 1-1 draw. The goal the Galaxy scored being disallowed by the ref because of a Red Bull foul was critical and grossly unfair. MLS needs a rule like in hockey, where fouling someone doesn’t mean play stops unless possession is lost. There is nothing fair whatsoever by getting a goal against negated by your own illegal play. An absolute joke.

    Silviu Petrescu was horrible, permitting N.Y. to put Juninho out injured with two fouls in the first eight minutes. He fell for Henry’s crappy acting job in the first half, calling a foul when Henry pulled up the landing gear after barely being touched. Overall his pro-N.Y. bias was blatant and, while permitting N.Y. to foul with impunity, he made sure to call every foul possible on L.A. (some more imagined than real).

    If Zardes finishes just one of his two golden chances it becomes a Galaxy win. Putting Juninho out not only degraded Galaxy play, it used up one of the substitutions, giving N.Y. a big advantage.

    How is it that there is only one match between these two teams and it takes place in N.Y., even though the Galaxy are the defending champs? If the Red Bulls stop suddenly the collective league management nose goes right up their ass.

    • djrrockthepitch - May 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      It was a very physical game, and at times ‘chippy’, from both sides equally.

  2. spikenyc - May 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    manmiracle: NY fouls 17. LA 13. I agree the ref should have played advantage on that one LA opportunity, but he showed no overall favoritism, just blew his whistle far too often and killed the flow of the match. Finish your 3 golden opportunities and you win.

    • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Yes, I made the point that the refereeing wouldn’t have mattered if Zardes could finish, but N.Y. could easily have been whistled for many more fouls than they got. And N.Y. doesn’t get all the points if the ref lets the play continue that resulted in a Galaxy goal. So, all in all, home-field advantage wasn’t enough, but having the ref on your side made all the difference.

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