Week 12: Red Bulls-Galaxy Review

The Red Bulls keep streaking with a win over the Galaxy.

May 19, 2013: Red Bulls 1, Galaxy 0

As the season drags on, it's likely the enduring memory from this game will be Tim Cahill's stoppage time winner.

But the real stars of the show were Jamison Olave and Markus Holgersson, who combined to shut down the LA Galaxy's offense.

It's a game between the league's two best known teams. Both are well-heeled. Both have star power. Both are based out of the country's two best-known cities. In the end, it could've gone either way, but Olave, Holgersson and Luis Robles kept the Galaxy off the board for 92 minutes, putting Juninho and Cahill in position to win it.

Those who kept their TVs on ESPN after the morning's EPL action did so to see Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Cahill, and possibly even Juninho (New York's, not LA's) and Omar Gonzalez. What they got was a top-notch defensive performance from a career MLSer and a gangly Swede.

Positives

  • With Sunday's win, the Red Bulls have captured 19 of 24 points and 22 of 30. They're unbeaten in six.
  • The Red Bulls are at the top of the East and are tied on points for the Supporters' Shield. As per the league website, the Red Bulls are in the lead, too, but it didn't come easy as they're tied with FC Dallas in each of the first three tiebreakers.

Negatives

  • From where I was sitting (the side of 101 closes to 133), Silviu Petrescu didn't have the best game in the world...

Notable Quotes

Mike Petke, via Pro Soccer Talk...

The biggest reason we brought (Olave) here is for what he's been doing. We don't expect him to be the man building plays out of the back. I couldn't care less if the ball winds up at his feet once. The way he hunts the ball, the way he reads the game, his catch-up speed is unbelievable and he's a guy who makes a difference. From the first moment, the first tackle he gets into, he's somebody that a forward is going to be looking over his shoulder for the rest of the game. He doesn't do it dirty, he does it very timed, and he does it well."

Olave, via the New York Post...

"It was a hard fought match, we knew what (Los Angeles) wanted to do; they're a team that controls the ball so well, they have very smart players up top and are dangerous on the counterattack. But I thought we did a good job on them and we countered what they wanted to do."

Relevant Stats

Red Bulls Statistic Galaxy
10 Attempts on Goal 9
2 Corners 4
5 Fouls 5
19 Crosses 12
77% Passing Accuracy 75%
52.3% Possession 47.7%

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