April 27, 2013
Cahill breaks personal scoreless streak as his 2nd goal lifts Red Bulls over Toronto, 2-1
TORONTO -- It took Tim Cahill some 2,100 minutes to score his second goal as a Red Bull.
|Tim Cahill ended his scoreless streak, then connected for the game-winner in the 89th minute.
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Fortunately for his teammates, the Australian international midfielder did not take as long to score goal No. 3 for the visitors against Toronto FC on Saturday.
Cahill tallied his second goal of the match, heading home a Thierry Henry left-wing cross in the 89th minute to boost the Red Bulls to a 2-1 Major League Soccer win at BMO Field.
Cahill's heroics spared the blushes for goalkeeper Luis Robles, who allowed a Jonathan Osorio goal off a dubious decision five minutes prior.
"Now maybe all the critics that talk about him not scoring goals could shut the hell up, to be honest with you," Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke told MSG. "That's how I feel. He scored two goals today and it's from someone I don't consider to be a goal-scorer. For me, he does his job all the time. Today he led the boys in the middle, played stingy defense with Eric Alexander. He was a great example for Eric playing next to him. The two goals were a bonus."
Added Cahill: "Me scoring goals is just a plus."
For the first time this season, the Red Bulls have won consecutive matches. Last week New York rolled to a 4-1 home triumph over the New England Revolution.
The win boosted the Red Bulls (14 points) to a 4-4-2 record and a share of the Eastern Conference leader with Sporting Kansas City (4-2-2, 14), which hosted the Portland Timbers later on Saturday. Toronto (1-3-4, seven) had its league winless streak extended to five matches.
Asked what he was feeling after such a dramatic finish, Petke replied, "predominant one is probably indigestion at this point.”
“Listen, as I said at halftime it wasn't the most beautiful game,” he added. “But at the end of the day, I can care less right now. We have another road win, moving up the standing. Phenomenal response. Phenomenal first goal. We gave them back and a phenomenal response on the road. All in all, three points. I am very happy."
The Red Bulls held Robbie Earnshaw (team-high five goals) scoreless, although Robles blundered by coming well out of his during a Toronto possession in the 84th minute. Although he had some time to recover and get back into the goal, Robles didn't. Osorio, a second-half substitution, took advantage and powered home a shot into an empty goal.
"To give up that goal it was tough to swallow, especially the way it was given up but that’s soccer," Petke said..
"I thought we played really well," Cahill told MSG. "The only way they were going to score is through our mistake. the positive thing is that we got the win from it. We have been on the road a lot this year. We've lost leads, we've conceded [goals] and lost points. I think today, we needed the two consecutive wins in a row. We're playing good football. There's some consistency.
New York had some time to recover. Second-half substitute Peguy Luyindula played the ball to Henry on the left side. The former French international crossed the ball into the middle where a leaping Cahill headed the ball home from five yards past goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
"I go when I feel its right to go," Cahill told MSG. "Titi was on his own and I made a late run. all season I have been doing that as well. Unfortunately, the keepers have been on fire or it's ust not happened. I'm not one who is going to mentally follow the others scoring goals or anything."
The hosts had an opportunity in the 31st minute when substitute Andrew Wiedeman's turn-around shot was blocked by a New York defender. The loose ball was pounced on by Robles.
A minute later, central defender Markus Holgersson let a ball bounce past him. Earnshaw picked up the loose ball and tried a long chip shot that traveled over the crossbar.
"This was a different scenario. It was like playing against Stoke City today, just pumping the ball into the box," said Cahill, who played for Everton in the English Premier League. "We dealt with it. We just have to adapt to different circusmtances."
The Red Bulls had a nice counterattack in the 38th minute as right midfielder Lloyd Sam centered for Fabian Espindola, but his first touch betrayed him in the penalty area and Bendik had little trouble picking up the loose ball.
Cahill and the Red Bulls drew first blood in the 39th minute on a beautiful goal by the visitors. An overlapping left back Roy Miller penetrated into the penalty area and sent a low pass that Thierry Henry dummied. Cahill took the ball and fired a left-footed 14-yard shot past Bendik.
"Tim was a warrior today," midfielder Lloyd Sam said.
Cahill's goal was his second in a Red Bulls uniform, his first since finding the back of the net in a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers last Aug. 19.
"If I am not mistaken, that was our first build-up of the first half," Petke told MSG at halftime. "Great build-up. . . . It was a good ending for a great build-up."
Fabian Espindola came close to doubling New York's lead in the 45th minute. The Argentine striker blasted a shot that Bendik managed to get a hand on as a defender cleared away from an open goal.
Some nifty passing by the Red Bulls gave the Henry an opportunity to give the visitors some much needed breathing room, but Henry's 16-yard effort sailed barely over the net in the 65th minute.
NY: Tim Cahill 1 (Roy Miller 1) 39’
TOR: Jonathan Osorio 2 (Ryan Richter 1) 83’
NY: Tim Cahill 2 (Thierry Henry 1, Peguy Luyindula 2) 89’
New York Red Bulls (4-4-2, 14 points) – Luis Robles, Brandon Barklage, Markus Holgersson, Jamison Olave, Roy Miller, Lloyd Sam (Kosuke Kimura 71’), Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill, Jonny Steele, Fabian Espindola (Peguy Luyindula 75’), Thierry Henry
Substitutes Not Used: Santiago Castano, Heath Pearce, Connor Lade, Michael Bustamante, Andre Akpan,
Toronto FC (1-3-4, 7 points) – Joe Bendik, Ashtone Morgan, Gale Agbossoumonde, Darren O’Dea, Ryan Richter, Reggie Lambe, Jeremy Hall, Luis Silva, Hogan Ephraim (John Bostock 46’), Justin Braun (Andrew Wiedeman 12’, Jonathan Osorio 79’), Robert Earnshaw
Substitutes Not Used: Stefan Frei, Danny Califf, Doneil Henry, Kyle Bekker
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Daniel Belleau, Eric Boria
4th Referee: Geoff Gamble