That’s it for us. Late night here on the East Coast. We apologize to all who sent in (multiple) comments that didn’t get posted in the IT scramble. And we thank you.
We will post this one last one before we go, though: Our Man at the Valley says. from Denver, “I miss Paul Caligiuri’s hair.” Who doesn’t, OMATV? Who doesn’t.
This win ties New York with Columbus atop the Eastern Conference. The Crew takes on New England at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
Postgame interview with Angel: He talks about the quality of this win, then pretty directly implies that he won’t be coming back next season. Bummer. Thirteen goals on the year after burying the PK tonight—and an alltime MetroBull.
That’s it—Red Bulls win, 2-0. Surprising result, we must say, and a great one for New York. Hans Backe may know more than he lets on. He may have his team hitting its stride at just the right time. We will try to tie up some loose ends here and catch up. Technical difficulties cost us tonight.
93:00: Bowen squanders a superb ball from Beckham down the flank. Moments later, Beckham free kick balloons, Coundoul grabs it easily.
91:00: Dunivant to Donovan in front! LD steers his shot right at Coundoul.
91:00 Richards cross for Ibrahim in the box! He takes an extra touch and his shot is blocked.
90:00: Buddle cross blocked by Ream.
89:00: After Angel took too long with a chance for NY, LA counters … Bowen with another cross—cleared by NY.
86:00: Nice poke-out by Lindpere to win possession for NY, Ibrahim slide-tackled—hard—by Beckham. Yellow card for Becks.
85:00: Donovan with a ball to Bowen on the right—the youngster settles, shoots! Coundoul smothers it.
83:00: New York looking surprisingly poised and in control. Lindpere has been huge. Richards was involved in both goals. Even Carl freaking Robinson hasn’t screwed it up.
81:00: Tristan Bowen (yes, he’s also in—for Kovalenko) with a heavy first touch on the right, plays himself out of a golden opportunity! Wow. Now Beckham down the right…soft cross dealt with by NY.
78:00: Robinson sends Richards down the right. LA defenders backing off in droves, respecting The Speed of the Dane. Dunivant finally shuts him down on the byline.
73:00: Salou Ibrahim in for Tchani.
71:00: Lindpere gets a step on Franklin, sends in a great ball to the far post. Angel just misses getting on the end of it! Could’ve been 3-0 there.
68:00: Backpost favorite Carl Robinson (nooooo!) coming in for Rafa Marquez. Crowd booing Marquez. No word on Cobi Jones’s response here.
67:00: Eddie Lewis in for Kirovski. As Harkes says, this gives LA two excellent crossers: Beckham on the right, Lewis on the left. Lewis immediately swings in a dangerous ball. Coundoul punches it away.
66:00: Beckham free kick from 27 yards! Swerves at Coundoul’s right post. The keeper parries it away. Franklin comes back down the right, swings in a cross, NY clears it out for a corner.
62:00: Getting chippy: Marshall goes in hard on Tchani. Ballouchy and Kovalenko also flashing studs.
60:00: Angel to take it: He stutters, then buries it, left side! GOAL! New York, 2-0.
59:00: Penalty! Dane Richards (involved again) pulled down by Yohance Marshall after surging past the Galaxy defender in the box!
58:00: Mendes for Angel in the box! Heads just over the bar.
57:00: Kovalenko with a rugged challenge on Lindpere, but De La Garza is booked for earlier late tackle on Miller. (Yeah, De La Garza is in. We missed it when the site crashed.)
56:00: Coundoul comes way out to stymie long ball from Juninho, looking for Buddle. Good anticipation by the keeper. Out of the box on that one.
55:00: JP Dellacamera points out that NY has been outscored 7-1 by the Big Three of LA, Real Salt Lake and Columbus this season. No wins or ties against those three.
54:00: Beckham free kick blocked at short range by Lindpere. Backe laughing. Re-kick…..for naught.
52:00: Marquez with a free kick from distance….right to Ricketts, with no NY players in the box. Marquez tries to get it to Richards moments later, pass is short.
50:00: Beckham leads the break for LA. Gets it wide to Donovan, who sends it to Kirovski. His cross is claimed by Coundoul.
48:00: Tchani with a tough tackle on Kovalenko, who screams bloody murder. Perhaps Dema’s reputation precedes him, because the ref barely bats an eye. Here’s the replay: definitely could have been a red for Tchani.
47:00: Kovalenko sends Donovan free on the right. He cuts it back on Miller, who falls, but still strips the ball from LD.
The Christian Brother out of Seattle says, “New York is deceptively dominating this game. Stealth domination.” If that makes sense.
Here is what we’re getting from our humble hosts at WordPress:
“WordPress.com is temporarily unavailable. We’re working on the issue and things will be back up and running ASAP. Please check back in a few minutes.”
Their definition of ASAP is very fluid, apparently.
Oh well: Enjoy the following treasure-trove of Ft. Lauderdale Strikers memories from the Striker Liker in Westchester: Gordon Banks, George Best, Ray Hudson [!], Thomas Rongen [?], Teofilo Cubillas. Outstanding stuff right here.
45:00: There it is, halftime. New York gradually got a grip on this game. And WordPress still doesn’t have a grip on itself. Grrr. Site still inaccessible.
45:00: Richards completely overhits a cross with Angel wide open in the box. See Ref Baiter’s earlier comment.
44:00: We would like to dedicate this evening to WordPress….still cant get back on the site. Ridiculous.
43:00: Talley out with a hamstring strain. Nice pickup there, getting the 34-year-old Talley…. Tchani up the middle, looking for Angel…intercepted.
42:00: Tchani looked to be fouled on the right—no call. (This right after Ballouchy got roughed up on the touchline—and no call.) Galaxy on the break. Buddle loses it.
40:00: Petke takes a deflection from Ream, plays it out to Marquez. He gets it to Angel, who tries to find Richards with a through ball. LA defends it.
39:00: Talley is hurt. Injured on a sliding tackle. Mike Petke coming in.
Ball was flicked on to Lindpere off a throw-in. He crushed it off the post. Richards kind of boinked it in.
36:00: Lindpere sprung in the box, great touch to get free on the left side! … He hits the post! It caroms back to Richards, he sticks it in the open net! GOAL! 1-0, New York.
35:00: We are getting completely jacked by WordPress right now. Site has been inaccessible for 15 minutes. Dane Richards is getting swarmed every time he touches the ball.
31:00: Beckham sends a ball over the top…Donovan running on to it! Coundoul living dangerously, casually claims it at the very top of the box—at LD’s feet.
30:00: What was her name? Irma?” says Hurlz out of Los Angeles. “Doesn’t seem to be bothering him tonight.”
30:00: Juninho and Beckham with a nice exchange on the right, but Juninho’s return pass is poorly weighted, cut out by Ream.
29:00: Miller shuts down Beckham on the right flank, but it’s a corner for LA. Becks takes it. Cleared by NY.
28:00: Lindpere with a shot from the left side of the box! Just wide of the far post.
27:00: Ref Baiter, from Vegas: “Richards: No words can describe how frustrating he is to watch.”
26:00: Richards plays a ball to no one at the top of the box, then barks at Angel. Really, Dane? Really?
24:00: Angel made a great move to get free on the byline but his cross was met by three Galaxy defenders and easily handled.
23:00: WordPress just crashed! We were knocked offline totally. Again, we’ll do our best to catch up. The Ref Baiter, who is Vegas this weekend, says “this is the best Galaxy crowd in a long time.”
18:00: Beckham cuts inside, tries to chip it for Buddle, New York handles it.
14:oo: Los Angeles with the better of the play so far. But now Marquez finds Angel in space, he tries to spring Richards on the wing. cut out. Red Bulls get it back, Ballouchy works a 1-2 with Angel, shoots from distance! Ricketts with the diving save.
12:00: Half chance for Buddle. New York squelches it.
12:oo: “Why is that yellow guy in the middle?” asks Mrs. Backpost. “Is that the ref?”
10:00: Claymation, out of New Jersey, doesn’t like the camera position for this telecast. “Too high,” he says.
9:00: Richards gets the ball wide, immediately surrounded by three Galaxy defenders. Moments later Miller plays a long ball over the top for Richards, he knocks it back for Ballouchy! … Shot blocked.
8:00: Beckham peels back, lays it off for Juninho, who shoots from distance! Skips wide, way wide.
6:00: Miller stuffs Franklin near the top of the box, 1 v 1. But Galaxy wins the ball back. Long ball by Beckham…too long.
4:oo: Donovan disposses Talley, cuts inside, through ball for Buddle…cut out.
3:00: Franklin takes a pass from Beckham, swings in a cross…cleared out.
1:00: And we’re off. Galaxy plays the kickoff long and Carey Talley promptly falls on his face, gives up a corner. Beckham swings it in. Cleared out.
Stadium looks fantastic. Mrs. Backpost: “That looks like a beautiful emerald surrounded by sapphires. Speaking of….”
Here are your lineups:
No Albright (he’s got a knock), and Beckham gets the nod. How will Talley handle this baptism by fire with his new team?
Good evening, sports fans!
We are coming to you live from the newest Backpost satelllite office, in upper New England.
We’re more than a little pumped for this one, not only because of the marquee matchup on tap, but also also because we’ve got a distinguished panel of commenters from all over this great land, ready to chime in during the broadcast.
Mrs. Backpost is here, sipping a nice Prosecco (her report: “dry, lemony”) and talking a good game about making it through the first half of this 11:oo pm EST kickoff.
We shall see.
Underreported subplot to this game, courtesy of Abraham Thinkin’ of Chicago: The Cobi Jones–Rafa Marquez Situation.
See here (that’s Jones on the ground after absorbing a combination studs-up-challenge/head-butt from Marquez in the 2002 World Cup. Click here for video of the unprecedented maneuver; it’s at the 3:07 mark).
Jones is now a Galaxy assistant coach.
Will they exchange pleasantries tonight?