The MLS has once again stolen fanatical hearts as a frenzy of goals were scored inside the last 10 minutes with added time to provide one of the most thrilling 2-2 draws in the game of soccer.
A first half goal by Fabian Espindola was cancelled in the 85th minute when a controversial penalty kick was connected by the visiting New England Revolution. In the 90th minute, Diego Fagundez intercepted a back pass only to run in then slot home what was thought to be the winning goal to steal all three points from the New York Red Bulls.
Well folks, the game of soccer is not over until it is over …
In the final minute of added time, Fagundez picked up a yellow card since he blocked a cross with his raised arm. The resulting free kick was punched out by keeper Matt Reis to the head of Australian international Tim Cahill, who cheekily headed it over a wall of players and into the back of the net.
This is a game that will be remembered for a few reasons. Firstly, the penalty kick was nothing more than a controversy. The ball hit Jamison Olave‘s shoulder, which is not his arm or hand. Therefore, the spot-kick should not have been awarded.
Then, the go ahead goal by 10-man New England came out of nowhere as Fagundez (still only a teenager) sprinted into the area then sent a world-class slot into the bottom corner. That kid has a future in European soccer for sure. Finally, the last-second header by the season’s hero, Cahill, was absolutely beautiful. Usually, last-minute goals are slowed down on replays, but this one was slow and full of drama in regular time. Brilliant.
This was a game that the N.Y. side wanted to win not just for themselves, but their fans as well. They are in the playoffs, but at home a win is always what is needed.