New York Red Bulls manager nailed it when he said these weren’t a bunch of rookies who blew it late against Chicago.
Carrying a 1-1 tie into the final minutes Sunday at Toyota Park, just a few short minutes from sneaking out of Bridgeview, Ill., with a point in hand. (Which wouldn’t be bad, considering the Fire had missed a first-half penalty kick.)
But the defending wasn’t good enough in the end, and Luis Robles’ goalkeeping certainly wasn’t good enough. (He has questions to answer about the Fire’s first and third goals.)
Petke didn’t single out Robles. In fact, it sounds more like the highly experienced crew of center backs and midfielders who are on the hook for this one:
I’m very disappointed. We’re going to lose games, that’s inevitable. But how we lost that game … it was sloppy. The quality that we have, the experience that we have … if I’m with a team in a rebuilding stage, with players who are rookies in the league, how mad could I be? But I’m with guys who are capable of so much more.”
VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.