Galaxy 0 New York Red Bulls 2
Well 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.
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.
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