Red Bulls Steal Points From the Crew

Olave’s equalizer denies Columbus of 3 points at Red Bull Arena
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, May 27, 2013

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It wasn’t ever expected that the Red Bulls would lose. But it took a miracle goal from Jamison Olave that pulled New York back into it, and seal the 2-2 draw.

A high floater by Jonny Steele on the far side of the Columbus area fell right at Olave’s right foot. The defense closed him down and he switched to his left and buried an upper 90 shot inside the far post for his 4th goal of the season.

But give the Columbus Crew a lot of credit for playing well in the first half and taking advantage of a Red Bulls backline that wasn’t ready to play either.

A 2nd minute strike from Dominic Oduro as he intercepted a poor clearance found a way to get through 2 defenders and scored, but in the process injured his left thigh. He limped off and tried to give it a go later, but unfortunately couldn’t continue and was subbed out in the 8th minute.

The Red Bulls finally woke up and started to play better in the first half and once again it was the clubs designated players who linked up for the first equalizer of the match. Tim Cahill on the far side of the field delivered a fantastic bending cross that just missed the defender and fell right in front of Thierry Henry. He saw Andy Gruenebaum well off his line and chipped it over him, right into the back of the net.

Later in the 73rd minute, the Crew were attacking the Red Bulls area and got a controversial spot kick call and scored to retake the lead. Justin Meram took a pass inside the area from Eddie Gaven and Kosuke Kimura barreled into him, but there was a problem. After Mearm received the ball, he miss-hit it and then Kimura bumped him from behind.

Referee Geoff Gamble blew his whistle and pointed to the spot right away after the miss hit and the bump.

“I had a clear view of the play,” said Gamble. “The defender pushed the attacker in the back, which is a penal offense, which then resulted in a penalty kick.”

But manager Mike Petke disagreed whole heartedly with that call.

“I have my check book out and I’m ready for MLS to fine me, because it’s not good enough from the referee’s,” he said. “I watched the replay of the penalty of what I already knew to be not a penalty. He (Meram) miss-hits the ball and then there is contact from the side. That’s a guy who is ready for the Memorial Day Weekend and he misses fouls that are 2 feet in front of them.”

After coming back twice in the match and on a last chance gasp to try and steal the full three points inside second half stoppage time, Gruenebaum made 2 big saves and the Crew take a point from Red Bull Arena.

For the red Bulls their unbeaten streak goes to 7 games and now will host Reading United of the USL Premier Development League in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday.

NEXT UP: May 29 – New York Red Bulls vs. Reading United, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. 7:30 p.m. EST, TBD.


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Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
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.