At this point, it really doesn’t matter why Tim Cahill had so badly misplaced his scoring form over the man’s initial few months around Red Bull Arena.
He has found the sweet spot, and his latest goal saved the day for the Red Bulls. Thanks largely to their Aussie international – with a big assist from center back Jamison Olave, who was an absolute force along the home team’s back line Sunday – the Red Bulls grabbed all three points in their only meeting of 2013 against the two-time defending champion Galaxy.
There’s plenty to talk about on the game’s only goal (which is below on video):
Jamison Olave played a role on Cahill’s strike: Red Bulls center back Jamison Olave played a role in the goal that was easy to miss in all the hulabaloo over Cahill and whether LA’s goalkeeper erred, etc.
Olave cleaned out Omar Gonzalez from behind as the Galaxy center back, so dominant in the air, prepared to deal with Juninho’s floating free kick. As Gonzalez tumbled, he hit fellow center back A.J. DeLaGarza. So there went the Galaxy’s main resistance, especially considering that …
Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was stuck to his line: I’ve said before, Carlo Cudicini is not the upgrade in goal that fans around the HDC might have expected, especially considering the Italian vet was coming from one of the better clubs in one of the world’s better leagues. (He was the third man for Spurs.)
Juninho’s free kick from about 45 yards dropped inside the Galaxy goal area. That’s the goalkeeper’s ball, especially when coming from such a distance. A few Galaxy teammates seemed to make the point, too.
Cahill’s scoring form: Cahill had just one goal in his first 20 appearances for New York, a rate of production so meager that chatter was increasingly quickly about whether Cahill’s arrival was nearing the “bust” zone.
Never mind all that. He has four goals now in New York’s last five matches. By the way, three have been game-winners. So, along with everything else Cahill contributes to the Red Bulls’ cause, we can tamp down that simmering little brush fire of a debate for now.
Here’s the goal: