Pandemonium in New York

It wasn’t a whiteout, but tonight’s second leg between the Red Bulls and D.C United provided more than enough drama without the snow. Arlo White and Kyle Martino had the call — and did a fantastic job at that. The Footy Blog presents a play in three short acts.

Act I – Bill Hamid’s lament

I understand the stakes, and thus Hamid’s reaction to the red card. The DC United keeper believed Kenny Cooper leaped over him. He took to twitter soon after and a legendary nickname was born — in Kyle Martini we trust.

Act II – Kenny Cooper and the goal that never was

Referee Mark Geiger wasn’t wrong, but that’s an extremely tough decision to make. Two Red Bull players did encroach on the area before Cooper struck the ball and Geiger has made that call before, but wow. Cooper’s second attempt would be stopped by super sub Joe Willis. It got better.

Act III – A Red Bull reckoning

Rafa Marquez would be sent off in the 75th minute — a second yellow — to even up the sides at 10. In the 88th minute Nick DeLeon scored, making it 16 seasons without a trophy for New York’s MLS outfit. And so a team that spent, and spent so more exits the competition at the same juncture as last season. The defining moment of the Red Bulls 2012 campaign will be a free kick in the dying minutes taken by Roy Miller — a late substitution — and not Thierry Henry. What a world.

What a game.