RIP Georgio Chinaglia
Some weekend match review coming. We lead with the game at Red Bull Arena.
Okay, I’m going to make a leap of faith here and suggest everyone reading can be in agreement on the next statement:
Groin injuries don’t heal–in fact they get worse–by playing.
Do you feel me?
Then Red Bulls fans–and I’m sorry to be singing a sullen song all season–you’ve got to be–uh….gain–perturbed at the boss man, but more probably one of your star players.
What is this all referring to?
The Red Bulls took the field Saturday against the “powerhouse” Montreal Impact. Rafa Marquez was among the eleven as was his lack of effort. Against the lowly Impact, the Red Bulls managed to get to halftime nursing a draw (2-2) on home soil.
Who was the culprit of the first half–relative–malaise?
That would be the despicable Rafa Marquez who was completely negligent in possession from both a turnover and stalling perspective and was completely negligent off the ball, whether checking to a player to provide an outlet or playing any sort of defense.
Marquez is a disgrace. A disgrace to his team, the fans, the league, the game of football.
Whoop-de-damn-do that he had an assist. Moments are for strikers, moxie is for midfielders.
To start the second half, Teemu Taino replaced the ineffective Marquez and Team No-More-Bulls*it promptly and effectively destroyed the Impact. Three goals in the second to none for the city that claims to have better bagels than NYC. (It actually may be a contest by the way.)
All Taino did was link a few passes here and there out to the flanks and basically stand around in central midfield, quietly cooing to his teammates, “If you need me, I’m over here, just give me a holler.”
Thierry Henry did his amazing, “I-Am-MVP”-thing as did Dax McCarty did his and RBNY rolled and rolled real easy.
Oh, if you’re a New York fan, send a little thank you note to McCarty on Twitter today. The whirling gingerish basically kept the team in a game they should have dominated from the start with first half hustle and his 42-of-52 passing line ain’t too shabby. (Guarantee four or five of those missed passes were ones where he thought, “If Marquez had only taking a half step forward after I played that ball”)
Now, there is a major disclaimer here.
Red Bulls New York manager Hans Backe as Marquez was apparently lifted due to “a groin injury”
There was no point during the match where Marquez went down, gripping below his abdomen.
There was no wave over to the bench.
And here’s another thing–back to our opener–if Marquez was experiencing even the slightest wince from a groin injury going in to the match, why play him, at home, against cellar-keeper Montreal?
Let’s make that a minor disclaimer. There’s a chance that this falls on Hans Backe.
More than likely, it’s just New York Marquez being New York Marquez again. I’d say grow up, but you’re supposed to be a veteran.
Alas, Red Bulls fans cheer on. You’re in 2nd place and you played 10-v-11 for the first 45 minutes on Saturday. Bully on you.