The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
In a crazy game, and probably the most exciting of MLS’s Opening Weekend, New York goes into Jeld-Wen field, go up early, give up a tieing goal, but manage to get 2 more before halftime to take a 3-1 lead into the locker room. The second half was a different story with New York under siege since the starting whistle. Portland got two back during a flurry of attempts on goal, and the game ends in a 3-3 draw. If not for a late Robles save, New York may have walked away from Portland with nothing to show for its efforts. Read my three thoughts after the jump.
Welcome Fabian Espindola
One of the players that make up the “Real” contingent of RBNY, Espindola introduced himself to the fans of RBNY in a big way. He chipped in with two goals (9th and 24th minutes) in his first official appearance for the Bulls. He was largely absent for the second half, as was most of the team, but his presence in the first half can’t be understated. If he can keep up playing like he did in the first half, he’ll go a long way to replacing the 18 goals that Cooper scored in 2012.
Welcome Jamison Olave
Another of the former Real Salt Lake players to join the Red Bulls in 2013, Olave also made his presence known. First, he was “posterized” by Diego Valeri, who juggled the ball past him in scoring Portland’s first goal. Then, in the 28th minute, he was on the end of a Heath Pearce cross, and put it away for RBNY’s third and final goal. After that, he had a quiet but effective game until the 83rd minute. With NY up 3-2, he was in front of goal when the Timbers’ Jose Valencia put a ball at his leg, which deflected into the goal, tieing the game at 3-3, which would be the final result. He had an up and down night, in what was a crazy game, so I can’t be too hard on him. He was unlucky on the last goal, but hopefully he won’t just watch another player go by him again.
Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Juninho. Arguably these are the three biggest names on the New York roster, and they were barely in the mix for the team in the season opener. Yes, Henry & Juninho combined for 6 Shots (2 on goal), and took all 3 of RBNY’s corners; but that was the extent of the good produced. Cahill was responsible for 2 of the 4 offside calls against RBNY. None of these guys produced when the team needed it in the second half. It’s possible that there’s still some rust to knock off, but when you are some of the most experienced, and highest payed players, you are expected to show up when it counts.
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Author’s Note: A correction has been made. The original post said that Olave’s Own Goal happened with the score 2-1, it has been updated to reflect the actual score, 3-2.