Three points to make on a huge goal at Red Bull Arena

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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:

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Minnesota’s Molino lifts Trinidad and Tobago to big win (video)

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Minnesota United attacker Kevin Molino has given Trinidad and Tobago life in the race to win a spot at the 2018 World Cup.

Molino’s 37th minute goal gave hosts T&T a 1-0 lead against visiting Panama at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday, and the Soca Warriors held on to win its first points of qualifying.

Panama had a Luis Tejada goal controversially ruled offside as Los Canaleros nearly pulled their fifth point of the Hex. Panama faces the USMNT on Tuesday in Panama City.

[ WATCH: Zaha scores wonder vs. Russia ]

Molino fooled long time LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo with a low shot across the body. The Panama backstop couldn’t get low enough or far enough with his dive to stop the shot.

The win has T&T in fifth place on the Hex table, behind Honduras on goal differential and three points ahead of the last place USMNT.

The U.S. needs a two-goal win to pass T&T, and a three-goal win to climb above Honduras.

WATCH: Zaha drives Russia nuts with mazy dribble goal

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Wilfried Zaha combined balance, deft touch, and breakneck speed to score his first international goal for the Ivory Coast.

With his side leading Russia 1-0 on Friday, the Crystal Palace winger worked his way through four defenders before burying his shot.

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Zaha especially fooled with Ilya Kutepov, a harsh cut nearly tipping both to the field.

He’s just 24, and it seems much longer ago that he made his failed move to Manchester United in 2013.

Failed may be a rough verb considering it all contributed to making him the player he is for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast today.

Everton loses Coleman to leg break on Ireland duty

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A horror tackle from Wales’ Neil Taylor snapped Seamus Coleman‘s leg in gruesome fashion on Friday.

Taylor was given a red card, and Coleman was stretched off the pitch in the 0-0 draw.

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill confirmed what was apparent from the match replay: the Everton man has a broken ankle.

“It’s a bad break. He’s a fantastic player and character. It’s a major blow for the lad, his club and us.

“Apparently it wasn’t the best challenge in the world – I haven’t seen it. He’s gone to hospital. I saw his reaction immediately and it didn’t look good. He was holding is leg up and it didn’t look good.

This is not only awful for the player, but causes stress as Everton mounts its assault on the Top Six. The right back has also manned right mid for Ronald Koeman this season, and has four goals and four assists in 26 Premier League matches.

Mason Holgate, Muhamed Besic, and Phil Jagielka have played some right back for Everton, while Ramiro Funes Mori has deputized at left back.

Emotional McClean speaks after honoring deceased teammate (video)

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After wearing the No. 5 to honor of his recently deceased teammate, James McClean met with the media following Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in World Cup qualifying on Friday.

McClean played with Ryan McBride at Derry City, and left Ireland camp to attend funeral services after McBride died following a match last weekend. McClean was also mourning the death of friend and Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness.

Throw in a gruesome injury to teammate Seamus Coleman and, in McClean’s words, “I’ve had better weeks”.

[ MORE: UEFA World Cup qualifying wrap ]

McClean, 27, spoke with evident emotion following a Man of the Match turn in Ireland’s draw (video below).

“It was a really tough week. The lads here have been great. They rallied around me. The manager was first class as well. He let me go up to Derry there on Tuesday and say my goodbyes. It’s been a tough week with Seamus injury as well. It’d been nice if we had have got a win and ended on a positive note, but it wasn’t to be.

“(McBride and McGuinness) were going through my thoughts today. I wanted to put in a performance that would make them proud. In the national anthem and the moment’s applause, holding my wee girl, it was emotional but I tried to put that in the right way into my performance. Hopefully tonight I’ve done the lads proud.”