One (very) small consolation from this week's humbling in Harrison: it took something pretty special for the New York Red Bulls to find a goal.
In part because Steve Clark is a good 'keeper; in part because Columbus Crew was very clearly the better team on the day; largely because RBNY was generally incapable of doing much other than trying to land crosses on the head of (5' 8") Bradley Wright-Phillips, who was closely attended by (6' 2") Tyson Wahl, (5' 11") Michael Parkhurst, or (6' 3") Emanuel Pogatetz. This was not a successful tactic.
But Lloyd Sam briefly raised the possibility of a comeback with a sensational individual effort, born as much of the frustration of repeatedly watching his crosses intercepted by yellow shirts as it was the product of his own considerable creativity and ability.
It was a classic Sam goal, initiated by his signature move - "the chop" - and finished from an improbable angle.
It was also the first time Sam has scored this season in a game the Red Bulls didn't win.
But there is still an opportunity to get some reward for this week's effort. Sam is up for MLS Goal of the Week. Vote for Lloyd!
As you can see, Sam's goal carries the distinction of having been scored from the closest range and the most difficult angle. It is a jewel in a crown otherwise decorated by well-hit shots from central positions. It is worthy of your time and your clicks.