It was a big deal when most of the players down in El Salvador during midweek in the CONCACAF Champions League didn’t come thru to remain in that competition, the majority of the squad that didn’t play went to the Stub Hub Center to face Landon Donovan and the Galaxy for the final time.
What happened was a destruction against the Red Bulls and that has left a very bad taste in the mouth to the fans as well as the NY media who believes that this terrible loss destroyed a great month for the club who improved their playoff positioning. But to be honest this was a terrible loss that saw Robbie Keane open the scoring.
An early goal in the 8th minute from Robbie Keane started the downfall as he got a nice pass from Landon Donovan and a cute chip that was high enough to go over Luis Robles and gently inside the near post for the early lead, but after that it was all Red Bulls.
But when the second half began, the Galaxy got their act together and just pounded the Red Bulls all over the place. Chris Duvall who has had a good rookie season couldn’t handle a bouncing ball and Donovan picked his pocket and scored to make it a two goal lead in the 50th minute.
Then Gyasi Zardes made it a three goal lead in the 69th minute and Keane getting his second of the game in the 82nd to finish the job. The Galaxy came out fighting and wanting this game once they put in that early goal in the second half.
While it was a clinic by the Galaxy the Red Bulls showed some lackadaisical moments at the start of both halves. While they were buzzing and attacking the Galaxy net after Keane’s first goal, sadly the league leader in goals had three chances to put one away and was met with Jaime Penedo’s gloves to make some solid saves.
But the questions are coming about the game plan that the team had this week, why didn’t Tim Cahill or Bradley Wright-Phillips at least play a half in that scoreless draw in El Salvador against F.A.S. and why did the team come out flat to start both halves. That answer falls on the shoulders of Mike Petke and to be honest he needs to answer those questions.
But as of right now his job is not on the line. Making the playoffs is the number one priority and right now the club is going to get into the Wild Card game unless they finish off the last four games in a flourish & with three of the four at Red Bull Arena, I believe they can get a solid finish.
Author: Daniel Feuerstein