Live Blog: New England v New York Red Bull Leg 2

03 November 2007

The mission is simple...survive the wind and rain of Noel and win, even if it takes 90 or 120 minutes. Win and your playing Chicago at home. Lose and kiss the season goodbye. Add a little hatred into that and you've got the ingredients for one hell of a game. It's New England, it's New York, live blogged commentary next!

Note: Blogger is being a little buggy tonight (finally got the preview up on the first attempt) and again MLSNET doesn't have the starting 11s up. Will update them as I get them.

From FSC Broadcast
New England: Reis, Heaps, Parkhurst, John, Joseph, Larentowicz, Thompson, Ralston, Smith, Noonan, Twellman
New York: Conway, Freeman, Stammler, Parke, van den Bergh, Richards, Vide, Reyna, Kovalenko, Angel, Altidore.

First Half:
Minute 1: New England kick off. The weather has kept the crowd to pockets.
Minute 4: Both sides are trading the ball in the midfield. New England spring a counter through Khano Smith, but Taylor Twellman is unable to catch up to the centering pass and New York get a throw.
Minute 6: Something that has to play to New England's benefit is the fact the pitch angles pretty steeply on the hard camera side. I know it's for draining purposes, but shouldn't the field of play be as even as humanly possible?
Minute 8: Thompson beats van den Bergh, however he frantically tries to save the ball off the byline and New York are able to clear.
Minute 9: Reyna denies Smith's cross. Going the other way, Angel is fouled by Larentowicz and New York earn a free kick.
Minute 10: Ralston and Thompson play a little one-two. Ralston gets into position, but his shot s well wide of the far post. First promising play of the night.
Minute 11: Freeman crosses far post for Altidore, but Reis is there to catch. Good idea, just not when the ball is going to get caught in wind gusts.
Minute 13: Joseph tries to run through Altidore and New York are given a free kick. Angel takes and from 45 was a yard over the crossbar.
Minute 15: Altidore dispossess in a great spot, but John takes and New England counter...until a pass to Joseph gets caught in his feet.
Minute 17: Noonan does well with the cross to get the ball over Conway, but but Twellman is unable to get to that ball at the far post. New England are starting to take the game to New York.
Minute 21: Claudio Reyna takes Heaps down from behind for a New England free kick. Ralston's cross goes right to Conway.
Minute 22: Quick throw in by New England. Twellman flicks to Larentowicz, and his volley doesn't miss the far post by much. Another great half chance for New England.
Minute 24: Stammler impedes Twellman and concedes a free kick. Thompson gets into the penalty area and is shoulder checked by van den Bergh. Right decision in not giving the penalty.
Minute 26: Claudio Reyna off, Clint Mathis on. Reyna maybe hampered with an injury and Mathis can help create chances.
Minute 28: Off a New York free kick, Angel forces Reis into conceding a corner. Mathis's corner goes to Stammler, but his shot is well over the crossbar. Should have headed that one instead of going for a ridiculous volley.
Minute 31: Half an hour into this game, and it's looking likely this 2 legged tie is going to go 210 minutes without a goal. Smith's cross is right at Conway.
Minute 32: Shalrie Joseph is very lucky to only get a yellow after a very late scissors challenge on Dave van den Bergh. The resulting free kick is taken by Mathis and off of Parkhurst for a corner.
Minute 33: van den Bergh takes and Stammler's header to Altidore is caught by Reis.
Minute 35: Wells Thompson does well to keep the ball in play, and Altidore is booked for a late challenge on Joseph.
Minute 36: Angel finds Altidore who's centering pass is cleared for a corner by Heaps.
Minute 37: The resulting corner is wasted and New England earns a throw.
Minute 38: SO CLOSE FROM MATHIS. Mathis takes the one two from Altidore, nutmegs John and then goes side netting. That should have been 1-0 to New York.
Minute 41: Larentowicz takes the ball to Thompson who forces Conway into a parry out for a corner. The resulting corner is eventually cleared by Altidore.
Minute 43: Freeman ends up concedeing a sloppy throw in and then off said throw in a bad corner. Ralston overshoots everyone and New York clears.
Minute 44: The centering ball into Twellman by Ralston goes right under his boot and New York clear again.
Minute 45: Heaps denies Altidore inside the penalty area and out for a New York throw. Joseph clears the throw.
Minute 45+1: Wells Thompson does very good work to get to the flick on by Noonan. van den Bergh fouls and New England gets one last chance before halftime. Ralston's cross in is over Joseph and out for a New York throw. That is the end of the first half.
HALFTIME: NEW ENGLAND 0 NEW YORK 0. AGGREGATE TIED AT 0.
First Half Thoughts: New England are controlling long spells of this game, but New York is doing the better job on the counter. Clint Mathis on the park maybe a blessing in disguise for New York as he has been a spark for the Red Bull. Neither side is going to want an extra half an hour after this one and this second half could be a very open half. As long as both sets of defenders play sound, I just don't see anyone getting a breakthrough.
Second Half
Minute 46: New York kicks off.
Minute 49: So far both sides look like they are still trying to get their footing for this half. Vide fouled by Larentowicz.
Minute 50: Wells Thompson booked for his poor challgne on Vide.
Minute 52: Reis denies Angel from six yards out. Flash save after Angel heads right on his feet.
Minute 56: Oh boy. Angel gets hit accidentally in the knee by Heaps. Angel's eyes cross on the way down and that's not good.
Minute 57: Who can New York bring on if Angel needs to come off? The only one on the bench right now who could get forward is Wolyniec. Angel is still on the ground.
Minute 59: Angel is up and checking out his jaw. He wants to stay in and honestly he shouldn't. He looks concuss and needs to be subbed out.
Minute 61: Cross into to Altidore is just a little too high and New England clear.
Minute 63: No one is warming up for New York and now we see Arena and Angel having a personal chat. The switch is going to be made.
Minute 64: GOAL NEW ENGLAND, GOAL TAYLOR TWELLMAN. RIGHT BEFORE NEW YORK MAKES THE SUB, RALSTON GETS THE BALL RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE FROM JOSEPH. RALSTON SEES TWELLMAN RUNNING ALL ALONE AS EVERYONE AT THE BACK GOES TO COVER RALSTON AND THE BALL IS PASSED TO TWELLMAN. TWELLMAN'S SHOT TAKES CONWAY SLIDING BACK TO GOAL. HE TRIES TO THROW IT OUT, BUT IT SLIDES IN ANYWAY. POOR DEFENDING AS NEW ENGLAND BITES NEW YORK ON THE COUNTER, AND THE FACT IT TOOK BRUCE ARENA TOO LONG TO MAKE THE SUB. NEW ENGLAND 1 NEW YORK 0.
Minute 65: John Wolyniec on, Juan Pablo Angel off. Is it a little too late now?
Minute 65: Thompson is down and Kovalenko goes wide of the near post.
Minute 67: Off a second New York corner, Mathis gets a chance at the far post, but puts it just wide. It's gambling time now for the Red Bull.
Minute 69: Max Bretos makes an excellent point in saying that does anyone remember the partnership of Wolyniec and Altidore before Angel joined New York?
Minute 71: Ralston gets a second look at a cross into the box, but the second one gets caught up in the wind and out for a goal kick.
Minute 73: Khano Smith yellow card. Just takes out Hunter Freeman and never looked for the ball. Clint Mathis to take the free kick and Parkhurst clears being the first man.
Minute 74: Wolyniec gets isolated, and New England clear.
Minute 76: Pat Noonan off Adam Cristman on.
Minute 77: Joe Vide off, Sinisa Ubiparipovic on. Last throw of the dice for New York.
Minute 78: Good save by Thompson to keep possession for New England and in the end New England earn a corner. Ralston takes and it ends up safe in the hands of Conway.
Minute 79: Adam Cristman nearly heads this game out of reach, but misses the near post by a yard. New York just don't look like they are going to create any chances. Can they?
Minute 81: Taylor Twellman booked for an elbow. New England is starting to pile up the yellows. Should they advance only one more yellow for those players means no MLS Cup Final.
Minute 81: Ubiparipovic checked off the ball by John and a goal kick to New England. Have to do the extra work in the box and he failed to do so.
Minute 82: Freeman in space and the cross to Wolyniec goes over the bar when Wolyniec can't get the ball down.
Minute 84: Wells Thompson off, James Riley on. New England going 4-4-2. Would you mess with the formation that got you this far?
Minute 85: New York getting possession and a corner kick, but Smith clears all the way back to Conway.
Minute 87: Wolyniec is starting to get chances, this shot though goes right to Reis who covers up.
Minute 88: The great debate, 4 or 5 minutes of second half stoppage time?
Minute 89: Every time New England get it they look to be punting down the field looking for the field turf to be their 12th man. Smith then gets it and goes corner hunting. New York dispossess.
Minute 90: Stammler is fouled by Cristman. Added time will be...5 minutes.
Minute 90+1: Corner to New York. Freeman takes and Mathis gets a touch, a volley, and another corner when Reis just parries over the crossbar.The second corner is deflected off a New England defender by Wolyniec for a third corner...
Minute 90+2: Corner wasted when Mathis's volley isn't hit well and over the crossbar by a mile.
Minute 90+3: van den Bergh gets on in on frame, but Reis easily gets.
Minute 90+4: Cristman gets in on Conway, but Conway makes the save.
Minute 90+5: New York goes long on the throw, and Joseph saves Reis. Cristman goes the break and it's Kovalenko who denies. Throw in for New England. They go corner hunting and are successful...
Minute 90+6: AND THAT IS IT!
FINAL SCORE: NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1 NEW YORK RED BULL 0. NEW ENGLAND ADVANCES ON AGGREGATE 1-0.
Final Thoughts: I have to seriously question Bruce Arena and the fact he knew Angel was injured. He knew Angel would play the tricks, but it took six minutes from the time the game restarted after Angel left the pitch before Wolyniec was subbed on. It only took five for New England to score. That is the difference in this game and you would have thought Arena would have seen what happened to Dallas the night before, and make the switch sooner. Everyone and their mother knew Angel couldn't continue, yet they didn't make the sub and that is inexcusable.
That said, New England were the worthy winners on the night. They created better chances, did a better job controlling the ball in the midfield, and didn't give New York any serious chances on goal. Over the course of the ninety minutes, Reis was called into action twice, and New York only had one other quality chance. However once New England went ahead, New York took advantage of the shell New England went into, however they couldn't get much into the penalty area and Adan Cristman nearly bit them on the counter twice.
I will be back in about 40 minutes for the second leg of Chivas v Kansas City.

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