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Montero Off the Substitutes Bench Buries Late Goal For A Sounders Win

Columbus Crew v Seattle Sounders FC

It was a surreal day at Harrison, New Jersey. Not so  much that there was a football match being played, but more to the fact that the Port Authority Police along with the Harrison Police Department shut down the PATH train station & the vicinity of Red bull Arena due to a suspicious package on one of the platforms. Your reporter who was coming into Newark from Secaucus Junction to take the PATH towards Harrison was shocked to see a train that never arrived and was sent back to Newark. Forced to take a shuttle to the Jackson Street Bridge and walking towards Red Bull Arena.

The match already fifthteen minutes into the action when I arrived, missed the 14th minute tribute for Joe Vide who developed Hodgkin’s Disease and the club provided donations with a raffle to help Vide get thru his current troubles. But this match was screaming for goals and unfortunately for New York they had the run of play, but couldn’t finish the final third. Chances galore and none of their shots ever bothered Kasey Keller.

The Sounders coming over for their first visit to Red Bull Arena were also coming off a four goal thrashing by the Galaxy were fighting every inch of the field and trying to find a way to get that tally. It looked like they did convert a chance in the 53rd minute when Bouna Coundoul left his net and challenged Sanna Nyassi. Coundoul missed, free shot for Nyassi but on his horse was Danleigh Borman and chasing the ball. He slid at the last minute and cleared it away from the net.

The Sounders were hungry for that goal and looked to want it more than New York. Fredy Montero subbed into the match inside the 78th minute as he was fighting some form of a sickness. He almost slid into the ball but at the same time Bouna Coundoul made a diving save to prevent the cross reaching Montero. But with someone who has the quality of Montero, you can’t keep him away from the net any more.

In the 85th minute there was a foul called on Carl Robinson and a quick re-start by the Sounders. Brad Evans with a nice pass to Montero and all he had to face was Mike Petke. He beat Petke inside the area and scored a beautiful goal past Coundoul for the only tally of the match. The Sounders come to Red Bull Arena to get their revenge on a one goal to nil score line and gave the Red Bulls their first loss at home. But while that was a beautiful goal scored by Montero, we have to look at what happened before it was scored.

Patrick Ianni took the ball away from Juan Pablo Angel and lost it going towards New York’s net. Carl Robinson was going after the ball and never made a tackle or a hard challenge when it was Ianni who slid into Robinson and the foul should’ve been called on Ianni. Instead it was referee Silviu Petrescu who called the foul on Robinson and that’s when New York lost their concentration for those few precious second for Seattle to take advantage.

Credit goes to the Sounders for getting that goal & credit them for not giving up at getting any chances they could earn. But unfortunately a referee’s mistake did help New York lose their composure for those few seconds. This match was a draw, but at the same time the problems from last year did come back as Juan Pablo Angel got no service and the only shot that Keller faced was a Brian Nielsen chance from distance in the 64th minute, but there wasn’t enough power on the shot.

For New York it’s back to the drawing board before this coming Thursday Night’s home match against the Columbus Crew and on ESPN 2’s Thursday Night’s match of the week. For the Sounders it’s a big relief to get a win after getting destroyed by the monster that is the Los Angeles Galaxy. For myself there was much relief after I found out the PATH train was running again and I could go home.

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  1. ben

    May 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    One might point out that Montero was on the bench at the start due to Sigi (and most SSFC fans) being sick of his lazy, lackluster performances in prior matches not any ailment of his own.

    Think we were all glad it made him a bit hungry and hopefully knocked him out of his “who cares, I’m headed for Europe” slacking.

    • Charles

      May 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      He can head to Europe for all I care. He scores opportunistic goals most of the time and away from goals like Saturday’s adds NOTHING to the Sounders. Not really sure who would pay him more than the Sounders, 100 lb weakling without any heart.

      IF he were playing on a team that could finish, he would have been on the bench the whole season.

      ps. I agree with you 98%, but I don’t think it made him any more hungry, he was in there for 10 minutes and still couldn’t be bothered to help on “D”.

  2. SSFC Fan

    May 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    The MLS refs are terrible. On that, all MLS fans should agree.

    That said, the goal came off a foul. Plain and simple. And Hall should have been sent off earlier; the lack of a call on his foul on Nyassi was embarrassing for anyone who enjoys soccer.

    While I think the ref missed the call on Ljungberg’s breakaway, I have to say that I can see why the ref called it that way. (It’s hard for an SSFC fan to say but it’s true.) From the ref’s angle, it looked like the back (can’t recall who it was) got a bit of the ball.

    The only way I could tell that it didn’t happen that way was on HD tv replay, and if that’s the case I gotta give the benefit of the doubt to the ref. It *should* have been a PK, but it’s excusable that it wasn’t.

    Too bad someone left a backpack laying around or whatever; I heard there were fans still arriving at halftime. One thing- for all the cops there, it’s a shame there weren’t any along the route back to the station.

    The Jersey thugs along the route waiting to make trouble and coming over to get physical with Seattle fans bring shame to your area. One guy in particular was merely looking for an excuse to take a poke at someone, and wound up crossing the street at the train station to do exactly that. Fortunately THEN a cop showed up and put him into a chokehold and dragged him away.

    But along the area between the stadium and the station, something ugly was on the verge of breaking out, and we didn’t feel remotely safe, and that’s sad.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      May 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

      Where were they? In the town area? Or by the PATH station. Because I saw cops at the PATH Station.

  3. Charles

    May 17, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    The match looked like a draw because Seattle can’t finish, otherwise Seattle looked like a way better team. A dive that got hotheaded Marshall a yellow card was NY’s best chance to score.

  4. Sounders 247

    May 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    No way Ljundberg took a dive. If anything that terrible RB took the biggest dive of his life and should have been carded immediately. I still can’t see why the RB’s are doing any good, they don’t look that great to me.

  5. Daniel Feuerstein

    May 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Jeromy. The Sounders getting ripped off is laughable. They played a good match. It was a battle out there. They earned their goal. The only thing that went against New York was that the ref blew the foul call that led to the goal. Not the Sounders Fault, they took advantage of the situation and they earned the win.

    • Jeromy

      May 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      Yes the sounders did play a good match as did the red bulls, my remark was to squash your statement of the ref blowing the call that the sounders capitalized with a goal. I have watch that play ver and over and i don’t see a miss foul call. But what i did see was the sounders not getting some very obvious fouls ie “Lunberg” which should have been a PK. So when i say screwed I mean the sounders got a few jipped calls that very well could have turned into goals. Never the less it was an over all good game from 2 teams that played hard.

      • Daniel Feuerstein

        May 18, 2010 at 1:46 am

        When did Ljungberg supposedly get fouled in the area by NY because I don’t recall (If you read the beginning of the story there was a supposed terrorist threat underneath the PATH train station in Harrison I missed the first 15 minutes.).

        But I could’ve bitched about the Joel Lindpere foul in the area. Yet I didn’t because even though there was contact, it wasn’t enough to call for a penalty & Lindpere did fall on his own. So give some credit buddy. We always get screwed with bad calls on both sides, but the one that was the refs fault changed the game. NY didn’t react to the re-start and your side properly punished them. I gave your side credit for the win. But if that’s not good enough for you, then it’s pathetic.

        • jeromy

          May 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

          Look man I realize u gave my team the credit, im just putting out the ref’s miss many calls. the lundgberg foul happened in the 11min of the game i believe. Im suprised Lindpere didn’t get carded for the dive, they’re was contact but it was good tough soccer contact and he dove.

  6. Darius

    May 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t know which match you watch, Mr. Feuerstein, but saying New York had the run of play is questionable at best. This was one of the most pitched battles I’ve seen in MLS play this year, though. Definitely worth a replay

  7. Joe in Indianapolis

    May 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Ljungberg dove

    • jeromy

      May 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      Take a look at the pic on and tell me again lundberg dove, there is no if and or butts, he was fouled in the box from behind.

  8. Jeromy

    May 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    You want to complain that the ref blew the Call? what about the miss foul on Lunberg at the 18yrd line that should have been a PK or the dropped shoulder from Hall on sanni late in the second half? if you want to throw out blown calls the sounders got ripped off.

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