Thursday, September 21, 2006

MLS Mid-week 26 Recap

New York Red Bulls 0-2 New England Revolution

With both teams needing a win to keep their playoff dreams going strong, one would have figured that everything would have been left on the pitch. However, maybe because so many people were out due to injury or cards the game just didn't get a strong flow going.

Still, the first goal was a nice combination of smart play and luck when the Revs took a quick restart on a foul in midfield that found Andy Dorman in some open space. Dorman crossed it in and New York's Taylor Graham tried to clear it, but failed in his attempt. The failed clearance went to the Revs Steve Ralston who found Taylor Twellman who slammed it into the net. All and all, a great 30-seconds or so of soccer.

Youri Djorkaeff tried again and again to get his side back into the game, but every opening he had either went a little off or was stopped by Matt Reis.

The second goal was also the indirect result of a free kick when Red Bulls goalkeeper just stopped a Clint Dempsey kick, only to have Andy Dorman pick up the rebound for the easy score.

New York had a couple more tries at it, but by the 80th minute, it was obvious coach Bruce Arena knew this game was over when he took off Amado Guevara.

The win means New England could clinch a playoff spot this weekend if they beat Kansas City and New York loses to DC.



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