The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
RBNY hosted last in the West (2nd to last overall) Portland Timbers in a thrilling match which saw NY go down 2 by the 33rd minute. The team then rallied back, drawing even by halftime, and scoring a late goal to come away with a nail biting 3-2 victory.
To steal a quote from our own Zac Wassink:
Miller came off in the 36th minute after having a woeful game. He immediately ran into the locker room apparently being followed by the team’s medical staff. We’ll have to wait to find out if he’s injured, but my money is on that any injury being announced is really a way to take some heat off of Miller’s performance.
Kenny F&*king Cooper
After this match, Backe should never leave Cooper out of the starting eleven. The NY offense couldn’t do anything. Then, Cooper comes on Miller, and the offense springs to life, with Cooper himself scoring not even 6 minutes after coming on. Cooper also played a big part in the 3rd goal, by holding possession of the ball while not one, but two Portland players tried to get the ball from him. He then laid it off to Solli who crossed it into Pearce.
Tim Cahill, welcome to MLS! Tim scored his first goal on a crazy play (more on that later). He now has 1 goal and 1 assist in his first 3 games. Not a bad start for someone in “preseason” mode.
Bill Gaudette, who is without a doubt the Man of the Match, stood on his head early and often in the 2nd half, and was the reason that NY did not lose this match.
Mystery Whistle & Non-Handball
Jason Anno was the referee of the match according to mlssoccer.com, and according to Transfer Market, Jason has been involved in 36 matches in the US. I’m not sure, after this match, how this guy is a referee for the USSF, actually, maybe I can. Two very weird sequences which the end result were NY goals.
In the 45th minute, the ref very clearly blew a whistle for what initially looked like a handball, in the play directly following (not enough time for players to recognize the whistle), the ball fell to Cahill’s feet, who rocketed a shot from outside the box into the back of the net. He then let the goal count and seemed to act like he never blew the whistle. In replays, it’s clear that he blew the whistle, so no idea what happened.
Late in the match, before the corner that led to NY’s goal, there was a second, no handball but corner call, similar to one that happened against Seattle. No explanation for what the hell happened.
That quote is from Seeing Red’s Dave Martinez, 2 time guest of the show, who was praised in our hate voice mail from “Mave Dartinez”. Very apt tweet.
NY is now 9-0-3 (30 points) at home this season. Backe said Red Bull Arena needed to be a fortress, and so far, it has been.