May 6, 2012
IN THE MIDDLE OF THINGS
Lindpere gets wish, plays in the middle and excels in Red Bulls' win
CARSON, Calif. -- If he had his way, Joel Lindpere would play in central midfield for the Red Bulls.
|Joel Lindpere said he was comfortable, playing midfield again.
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On Saturday, he got that opportunity and made the most of it, scoring the lone goal of the match as the Red Bulls recored a 1-0 win over the favored LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center.
For most of his two years-plus Major League Soccer career, Lindpere has been used on the left side of midfield.
“I like to play in the middle because you can be more involved with the ball," Lindpere said. "I know myself. I he more I get the ball the more confidence I get.
"I will play where I need to play, if we have healthy guys in the middle then I probably need to move back to the left, but the most important part to me is to play. If I feel fit and healthy, I just want to play.
Lindpere found the back of the net in the 19th minute, scoring from six yards on the left sie.
“He’s a good player. He’s crafty," LA goalkeeper Bill Gaudette said. "He did well. He kind of had a stumbled touch and he hit it quick and over my shoulder, so you have to give credit where it’s due. He was able to squeeze one by.”
Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara, a Fordham University product felt Lindpere scoring so early was a key to the Red Bulls' win.
“We got a goal early and did what we had to do to keep the clean sheet and win the game," he said. It was a full team effort again, and I think it is good to play these tight games, sometimes when our back is up against the wall we learn how to grind out these victories, it was another great win.”
The Red Bulls realized it was going to be a difficult match because the Galaxy boasts the likes of Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Robbie Keane, among others.
“You can’t take one play off with those guys because they will punish you," Meara said. "Coming into the game we knew that one of the ways they score a lot of their goals is a lot of crosses, set pieces, and corner kicks, so we knew anytime the ball went out of play for a freekick, corner, or even a throw in, we had to raise our energy level. It really comes down to communication, when we are all on the same page and are tight, we are tough to break down.”