Well, thanks MGS... Having technical difficulties and showing less then a half of the total game, what turned out to be an exciting game, can really piss some people off, including the author. Luckily they broke from the interim Boxing programming for the end of the match. I was ab;e to watch the match in its entirety with the replay on MSG, but still...
On the bright side, Metro gets back on the winning track at home and in dramatic fashion with Angel's free kick. Angel has become accustomed to these late game heroics this year, as his goal kicks beat Dallas and Philly back in April. It was also a good crowd at almost 12,000 or roughly 10 times the crowd of the USOC game a week ago.
So lets take a look at the game:
Juan Pablo Angel - Man, this season he has a flair of the dramatic. Three of his six goals have been game winners in stoppage time. His free kick game winner this time around was an absolute beauty:
Even before the dramatics, he had a very good game. His passing was crisp and he was involved in the play rather than sitting offside most of the time.
Sinisa Ubiparapovic -Sinisa looks better every game. It looks like he finally found his spot on the left wing. His positioning on his goal to stay onside was part luck and part very good positioning in front of the goal to stay onside.
Pat Onstad - I have to give props to Houston's 42 year old Canuck. He almost stole a point for Houston, making save after save under almost continual pressure from New York.
Tim Ream - Solid game, but considering his form in the New England match, having a good game here was important for him in his development. It showed maturity to come right back out four days later and play a solid game in defense after such a nightmare.
John Wolyniec -He set up Sinisa's goal, should have had a goal himself if he hadn't hit the cross bar. Played a very solid game, although the absence of Ibrahim and Kandji was seen with the lack of finishing.
Finishing - The Red Bulls had pressure on Onstad and Houston's back line for most of the game yet it took a stoppage time free kick from Angel to win the game. It really shouldn't have come to that.
MLS Higher Ups - No way Hans Backe should have been fined for his comments following the post game comments about the officiating in the Revs game, specifically the phantom red card and suspension of Roy Miller.. The MLS should be ashamed for defending poor officiating.
Injuries - Lets hope Joel Lindpere and Dane Richard's injuries aren't too bad. This team can't afford any more injuries than they already have with Ibrahim, Kandji, Chirgadze, Goldie, Da Luz, Robinson and Nielsen all out with various injuries. Lindpere has been a very important part of the midfield and this team cannot afford his extended absence. While Richards isn't my favorite player, with all the midfielders out they need him healthy right now.
Now lets see your Good/Bad/Ugly