Galaxy-Red Bulls post-game wrap

Galaxy 0 New York Red Bulls 2

i-de1edb6487416275e41532add98be6e6-bouna.jpgWell New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul enjoyed the result – and the shutout (AP Photos).

Phil Collin has the game story. And a clever headline that sums things up, too.

Standings

It was the sort of night David Beckham and the Galaxy didn’t want to watch – and the shot at right was taken in the warm-ups. i-9e4e92f271a9a08e5fbc95426e5a385a-beckscantlook.jpg

But Red Bull Coach Hans Backe was virtually giddy in seeing his team haul themselves into a tie in the East (at least temporarily) , calling it a “massive win on the road” and one of the team’s best performances of the season:

“After the first three or four minutes we controlled the game. Our build-up was excellent and the passing game, the possession.”

Backe said the man of the match was the “absolutely outstanding” Mehdi BallouchyI, acquired earlier this month in a trade with Colorado:

“I must say I’m surprised he’s that good. He’s all over the pitch. His passing game, he’s so composed on the ball, wants the ball all of the time, gets our game going, sets up strikers, wide players. He was definitely the man of the match.”

As it indeed appeared, Backe confirmed he told his team to go after the young inexperienced Galaxy centerbacks:

“When we had a team talk we said we had to press the center backs, make life hard for them as much as possible.”

I spent much of the time after the game talking with new Red Bull and former Chivas USA defender Carey Talley and missed pretty much all the Galaxy players before they fled the locker room.

Sean Franklin had this to say after the game though:

Next for the Galaxy: Chivas USA Oct. 3

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  • Inigo Montoya

    Good grief that was awful. Marshall and Leonardo exposed in the back, a passive midfield constantly out-hustled, and a front line that couldn’t finish well-created chances.

    The second half swoon continues. This was the return of the Galaxy of the past ten weeks, showing that the Columbus game was the odd one out.

    If they recover their first-half form, they could win the Shield and the Cup, but I can’t see how they recover. If this is all they’ve got, they might even slip to third in the West by the end of the season, behind RSL and Dallas. An early playoff exit is a given.

    The most important performance for me was Tristan Bowen, who has struggled more and more as the season has gone along. Not once did he get by his man last night, and he couldn’t finish two golden opportunities. I don’t know why Michael Stevens has disappeared, but it looks like the G’s two young first-half stars have faded badly.

    And Nick, what on earth is up with Berhalter? First they said it was flu-like symptoms, then it was viral complications, and yesterday I saw something about a neck injury. We on the outside are in the dark. Is he done for the year?