The New York Red Bulls have recently struck their stride in impressive fashion as they are racking up the points, most recently earlier today. Australian international Tim Cahill scored his fourth and perhaps most important goal of the campaign when he headed the ball home in added time to defeat the L.A. Galaxy 1-0. None of his previous goals were as dramatically late as this one.
With the win, New York sit in first place atop the atop Eastern Conference with 24 points, although the Montreal Impact sit in fourth with 20 points with a total of four games in hand. If Montreal were to win all four, they would have 32 points, eight more than the Red Bulls. For now, that is not the case so the team can continue to build up their confidence.
Cahill has been a bright spot for New York in the past several games with his leadership, timely decision making, physical play and of course his scoring. He has scored four goals that all guaranteed points for his club: two against Toronto in a 2-1 win, one in a 1-0 win over Columbus and the only goal against the L.A. Galaxy today in the 1-0 victory. He has scored when it truly counted.
Jamison Olave has turned out to be the defensive signing of the season as he has made crucial stops time and time again. Against L.A., he was in the right place at the right time throughout the 90-plus minutes. Not only does he defend heartily — he scores goals as well.
In fact, he has scored three goals thus far. His presence has been a key factor in the wins and clean sheets New York has posted this season.
With key players such as these two, the team is headed towards a brighter direction. Instead of bowing out of the first round of the post season, maybe this new blood can give them the extra push they need to possibly make a title run.
They have the pieces of the puzzle so now, all that is left to do is work hard and put them together in the right spots.