Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst stated that he was left extremely disappointed with Chicago Fire managing a very late equaliser in the recent 2-2 draw between the two teams.
It looked like the home team were heading for three easy points after managing to open a two-goal advantage after the 55th minute. Kei Kamara had scored both goals in the match up until that point, but the game was made one-sided towards the end after Chicago Fire made some crucial changes that resulted in the team getting a point.Parkhurst then revealed that Columbus should have been far more clinical in attack from here on.
The game could have been very different had Columbus taken advantage of the several counter-attacking opportunities that would have seen the score go to 3-1 rather than 2-2. Even though they have taken a point that keeps them with other teams like New York Red Bulls and Orlando City, this appears to have given the Columbus players a sense of defeat. Gregg Berhalter said after the defeat that the players were devastated that a game that seemed close to being three points resulted in a draw. Midfielder Justin Meram said that Columbus tried to control the threat from Chicago but they were simply unable to deal with the long balls that came their way. Continue reading Michael Parkhurst stated that he was left extremely disappointed
New York Red Bulls will have to produce a fine performance next week if they are to win the Eastern Conference Championship finals after losing the first leg against New England Revolution 2-1. For long periods of the match, it looked like Bradley Wright-Phillips’ equaliser in the 27th minute would be enough to take the match level into the second leg. Bunbury had given New England the lead 10 minutes prior to Bradley’s goal. However, a late goal from Jermaine Jones meant that New York have to produce a fine performance away from home if they are to come back into the tie.
More importantly, the club will have to do without the services of Bradley. The striker, who has been prolific this season, will miss the match due to suspension. He picked up a yellow card in the 60th minute and it was the second of postseason. This results in an automatic suspension. After the match, Bradley said that he was not aware of this fact and that he is extremely angry that he will be unable to help his team get back into the tie. Midfielder Tim Cahill accepted that this was a disappointing way to lose one of the important members of the team, but he is confident that the players on the pitch will be able to do the job.
“I didn’t know the rules of the yellow card accumulation. I’m angry, obviously. I’m angry. Stupid yellow card and now I have to pay,” said the striker. “We’ve just got to believe. Bradley’s been the heart and soul of this team all season. It’s going to be tough [to replace him], but this tie is far [from] over,” said former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill about the suspension. Goalkeeper Luis Robles also expressed his belief that the team will be able to do well without Bradley.