Cahill’s Winner Defeats Galaxy

Tim Cahill's brace in the dying minutes hands RBNY the victory
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, May 20, 2013

Tim Cahill, RBNY - John Hefti Photography

It was a late goal towards the end of regulation that gave the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.

In 2nd half stoppage time, the New York Red Bulls earned a free kick. After some lackluster free kicks in the first 2 months of the season, Juninho finally delivered a solid ball towards the Galaxy area. It would be the Australian international Tim Cahill who headed the ball towards the net and converted for the only goal of the match.

Cahill talked about wanting to play in these big time matches and he got what he wanted.

“They’re a good team; they’re a really good team. They got footballers,” said Cahill. “They play with great intensity and our guys had to step up the tempo in the second half.”

The Galaxy had some big moments to get on the board as well, but just when you thought they could, RBNY goalkeeper Luis Robles came up big. He made some fine saves against the powerhouse players in Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, who took their free kicks so well.

Towards the end of the first half, Keane had a good look at where he wanted to strike the ball, but Robles made the save and pawed it over the goal line.

Donovan had a big chance in the 61st minute at the far corner of the area, but as he sent the ball in, it just sailed over the crossbar.

After it was all said and done, the Red Bulls found themselves tied with FC Dallas for the Supporters’ Shield race with 24 points.

“It’s a huge win for us and the organization. It’s a quality team,” said New York manager Mike Petke. “I thought they had the better of us for sure in the first half. I thought we had very good moments in the first half, but I thought that they had the better play. I thought the second half we came out with a better understanding of what we wanted to do, some bite and took it to ‘em with it.”

When Petke was asked about facing LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena for the first time as a manager, he gave a chuckle and shared his conversation a day before the match.

“I had a great conversation with him at our practice facility,” Petke said. “He is the measuring stick for all the soccer coaches in America. He’s been here for a long time and it’s great that he takes time out to have a chat with you.”

A wonderful gesture from Arena, but a better result for the Red Bulls as they join FC Dallas for the top spot in the league.

NEXT UP: May 26 – New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 5 p.m. EST, MLS Live.


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Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.