The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
by Jason Iapicco
The NY Red Bulls hosted the Beckham-less LA Galaxy in a rainy Sunday afternoon affair. It looked like the game was going to end in a scoreless draw until Tim Cahill headed home a Juninho free kick in the first minute of stoppage time to give NY a 1-0 win.
Juninho & Cahill Rises Above
Cahill came up big late in the game with another game winning goal. His 3rd such goal this year. Even more impressive is that it came off a Juninho free kick. Everyone knows how poor Juninho’s free kicks have been, and the way he put the ball perfectly into the box for Cahill cannot be overlooked.
Olave was a rock this week in limiting the Galaxy’s chances. He may have committed a team high 4 fouls, but his physical presence set the tone for the whole back line, and LA was never able to get into the playing style they wanted to.
Reported attendance: 25,219. Actual attendance: probably 15,000-18,000. Maybe it was the rain; maybe it was the realization that Beckham was no longer playing for LA. Whatever it was, the actual attendance was terrible for a reported sellout. The NY front office needs to find a way to convert ticket sales into butts in the seats. Forget the benefit of increased sales (food & gear). Getting a consistent crowd is step #1 in growing a fan base, and will only help in their (so far limited) advertising.
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