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Saturday, May 4, 2013
(All times Eastern)
New York (4-4-2) at Columbus (3-2-3), 4 p.m.
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Red Bull New York and the Columbus Crew will
rekindle their rivalry when they meet at Crew Stadium on Saturday.
It will be a battle of in-form sides as both clubs have impressed in recent
New York has won three of its last four league outings, most recently claiming
a dramatic 2-1 victory at Toronto FC.
It looked as if the two sides were heading to a draw when Jonathan Osorio
equalized for Toronto seven minutes from time, but Tim Cahill managed to nod
home a cross from Thierry Henry to help the Red Bulls steal all three points.
"Being the footballer he is, he knew exactly where I was, he put it in
the air and from there I suppose it was only going to be one winner,"
Cahill told the club's official website of Henry's cross.
Seeing Cahill connect with Henry is good sign for Red Bulls supporters who
were waiting for the Australia international to produce goals.
It appears as though Cahill has found his best position, sitting in front of
Dax McCarty but behind Henry and Fabian Espindola in order to make late runs
into the box and utilize his superb aerial ability.
"If they're not going to follow me and follow their runners, there was
only going to be one winner on that cross," Cahill continued. "And that's
probably what I've been looking for all season. I suppose it's the
just reward for keep knocking on the door, because I think in other
games I've contributed probably a lot more and the goals haven't gone
Tasked with keeping tabs on Cahill and Henry will be Glauber, who has been
arguably the Crew's most outstanding defender through their first eight games
of the season.
The Brazilian's arrival has aided the club's defense in conceding just seven
goals this season, an average of less than one goal per match.
On the surface, the greatest weakness in Glauber's game has been his
propensity to pick up cautions. His four yellow cards on the season mean that
the 29-year-old will face suspension on his next caution.
"He can't change the way he plays," defender Chad Marshall told the club's
official website regarding Glauber's style of play. "You can't think about it.
If you pick up the fifth [caution] and you've got to sit out, then so be it.
But I don't think you can change the way you play because then you're
tentative and you're not as effective as you normally are."
05/03 16:34:25 ET