New York RB vs. LA Galaxy  1 - 0


Juninho: Donovan gets advantage with referees

20 May 2013 14:44

New York Red Bulls midfielder Juninho has suggested LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan is being protected by referees in the MLS.

The 38-year-old has only been playing in America since March, having signed for New York in December 2012, but he already feels the USA international is looked after by officials due to his high standing in the American game.

He came up against Donovan on Sunday when New York met LA Galaxy, and he was on the winning side as a late Tim Cahill header won the game for the former Brazil international's side.

Despite his concerns about Donovan's protection, he also praised the forward for what he has achieved in his career.

"He's a good player," he said. "He is one of the best players from US history, he's a good example for US youth, as a player who has done well on the international stage also.

"He gets a little bit of advantage with the referees, he's very respected, I feel like I have a little bit of a disadvantage because I don't speak English with the referee.

"It was a pleasure to play against him and play against good players. He's a key player for them, and after Beckham leaving his responsibility becomes even bigger in that area of the field."

The last-minute victory keeps Red Bulls top of the Eastern Conference, and although they are three points clear of Sporting Kansas City, the former Lyon man knows it will be a challenge to stay there at the end of the season.

"It is always important to beat one of the better teams," he added. "The confidence is building. But it's a long competition and it includes play-offs so it's kind of misguided to think that you're the best at any point. But everybody is obviously really happy and the confidence is building."


Cahill in top form in New York

20 May 2013 05:24

Tim Cahill has continued his top form ahead of Australia's World Cup qualifiers in June with the winner in New York Red Bulls' 1-0 triumph over Los Angeles Galaxy.

Cahill notched his fourth goal in five games in Major League Soccer to give the Red Bulls their fifth victory in six matches, keeping the New York-based side at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

In classic Cahill fashion, the spring-heeled 33-year-old Australian got his head to Juninho Pernambucano's free-kick in the 91st minute, which gave Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini no chance.

Cahill, who sits one goal adrift of Australia's all-time goal-scorer Damian Mori, is almost certain to start all three of the Socceroos World Cup qualifiers next month and his Red Bulls teammate, Thierry Henry, reckons the former Everton midfielder is in top form.

"That is the Tim Cahill I know, the one I have seen doing this type of thing in the Premier League," Henry said after New York's win on Sunday.

The Socceroos sit third in their World Cup qualifying group for Brazil 2014 with three games remaining.

Cahill and Co. will travel to Group B-leaders Japan on June 4 before hosting Jordan in Melbourne (June 11) and Iraq in Sydney (June 18).

A draw in Japan will take the Socceroos to seven points and above second-placed Jordan on goal difference in the Group B standings, which would put Holger Osieck's side in the box seat to qualify for a third successive World Cup finals.


Henry: Galaxy were better than New York

20 May 2013 04:45

New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry has conceded his team were lucky to defeat Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in Major League Soccer.

Tim Cahill struck for New York in the first minute of second-half stoppage time on Sunday, stealing victory at the Red Bull Arena but Henry claimed after the match that the Galaxy 'were better'.

Henry praised the Red Bulls for their ability to grind out wins in games where they have been outplayed, something New York has struggled with in past seasons, according to the 35-year-old French striker.

"I don't think we played well today and they (LA Galaxy) did not deserve to lose," Henry said.

"I actually thought the way LA were playing, especially at the end they deserved to win the game but since I have been here we would have lost that game before and what I learned today was that we can win these type of games.

"I thought LA were better than us today but we won."

Cahill scored the winning goal when he headed Juninho's free-kick past Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini; a classic example of the Australian's incredible leap and knack of scoring decisive late goals.

Henry paid tribute to Cahill but also reserved special praise for the Red Bulls' central defenders Jamison Olave and Marcus Holgersson.

"That is the Tim Cahill I know, the one I have seen doing this type of thing (with Everton) in the Premier League," Henry said.

"I know you guys always talk about the guys who score but Olave and Holgersson were outstanding today and kept us in the game.

"Without them today I think we could have lost two or three nil."

MLS table

# Team MP D P
4 34 +30 55
5 34 +4 54
6 34 +6 50
7 34 -8 45
8 34 +3 42

MLS table

# Team MP D P
7 34 +0 46
8 34 -6 45
9 34 -23 36
10 34 -20 33
11 34 -22 32