Dan Kennedy was simply wonderful as Chivas USA walked into Red Bull Arena and nearly sprung a 1-0 upset over host New York, only to see Péguy Luyindula score a last-gasp equalizer.
Chivas USA’s marker came on a first-half penalty kick from Erick Torres, and a splendid gaggle of saves from Kennedy had Chivas USA’s first road MLS win since a 4-1 win over Chicago on March 24, 2013 looking secure.
After the tie, the Red Bulls have just three points from their first four games.
Chivas USA’s Thomas McNamara drew a penalty and Torres converted to give the Goats a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Mauro Rosales played a high ball toward McNamara, a second round pick in January’s SuperDraft, that the rookie may not have had a chance to head home. But Richard Eckersley fouled McNamara to the floor, giving Torres the opportunity to finish his fourth goal of the season.
He sent it down the middle and past Luis Robles to ensure the lead.
Chivas USA is now 1-1-2 under new boss Wilmer Cabrera.
New York was denied a 66th minute equalizer when Bradley Wright-Phillips crashed into Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy, knocking the ball into the path of Luyindula. His tap-in was denied due to the foul on Wright-Phillips.
The NYRB forward was a factor in the second half, but Kennedy was even bigger. The Goats goalie made a massive breakaway stop on Wright-Phillips after a Thierry Henry dummy spring him on goal.
Kennedy made another stunning save on a Dax McCarthy blast in the 82nd minute, just tipping the ball over for a corner.
He was incredible, but the win was not to be as New York poured forward well into six minutes of stoppage time. Robles was involved in the late attack as Luyindula’s work off a corner gave New York the tie.
It isn’t Dortmund, but that’s a good thing for Liverpool.
Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene for Jurgen Klopp’s unveiling as the latest Reds manager, and the 48-year-old German had a lot to say.
Perhaps most poignant for Liverpool fans are Klopp’s words on the talent he inherits from Brendan Rodgers. Sure there are quips that will hit the headlines, but how about Klopp’s assertion that success shouldn’t take nearly as long as his dramatic work at BVB.
From JPW on Merseyside:
“We did in Dortmund what we had to do, to improve the players, to work for a common idea of play. That is what we did and its the same thing we want to do here. They are not the same players of course,” Klopp told NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. “These players from Liverpool are better, more experienced in some ways and younger in other cases. Everything is okay, I am here. I am not here only because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders is really good, defenders experienced and very young, goalkeeper is really good. Everything is there.”
Everything. A powerful word and one that doesn’t get lost in translation. Liverpool has a batch of world class talent, and Klopp’s is anxious to organize it in world class fashion. Strap in, Anfield.
So here we go: the biggest rivalry in U.S. Soccer, the one that sends fans racing for the stadia for a glimpse of history.
It’s the U.S. and Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and it will play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.
National pride is on the line, and national jobs may rightly be in jeopardy. Let’s swing through our coverage, and what’s at stake in just over 24 hours time.
Who is the key to Saturday’s match? Is it Michael Bradley? Fabian Johnson? Andres Guardado? Will Klinsmann opt for players with Liga MX experience, stay Euro Heavy, or appease the domestic set? Read more here.
So how will Klinsmann line ’em up? JPW has his preference, some options, and a prediction of what the manager will do.
What are the chances this one finds its way into the upper echelon of matches in the Mexico/U.S. rivalry? This is the company it could join.
The folks in the anti-Klinsmann brigade seethe with pure detestation of the USMNT boss. Any quote from him is self-serving and dishonest, any success accidental. Beat Germany or the Netherlands in friendlies on the road? Coincidental and Unimportant. Lose a friendly to Brazil? The worst thing ever.
[ MORE: The case for firing Klinsmann after a loss ]
So this match, being meaningful and testing his unbeaten mark vs Mexico, is going to be a clarion call for U.S. Soccer fans. Barring a cataclysmic loss in horrific blowout fashion, he won’t be canned. But a win will be validation for his supporters while a loss would cue a genuine hot seat. And for his detractors, already foaming at the mouth from the words of icon Landon Donovan? Kablammo.