Review: Marquez, A Matador; Henry & McCarty Reduce Impact, 5-2

RIP Georgio Chinaglia


Some weekend match review coming. We lead with the game at Red Bull Arena.

Okay, I’m going to make a leap of faith here and suggest everyone reading can be in agreement on the next statement:

Groin injuries don’t heal–in fact they get worse–by playing.

Do you feel me?

Then Red Bulls fans–and I’m sorry to be singing a sullen song all season–you’ve got to be–uh….gain–perturbed at the boss man, but more probably one of your star players.

What is this all referring to?

The Red Bulls took the field Saturday against the “powerhouse” Montreal Impact. Rafa Marquez was among the eleven as was his lack of effort. Against the lowly Impact, the Red Bulls managed to get to halftime nursing a draw (2-2) on home soil.

Who was the culprit of the first half–relative–malaise?

That would be the despicable Rafa Marquez who was completely negligent in possession from both a turnover and stalling perspective and was completely negligent off the ball, whether checking to a player to provide an outlet or playing any sort of defense.

Marquez is a disgrace. A disgrace to his team, the fans, the league, the game of football.

Whoop-de-damn-do that he had an assist. Moments are for strikers, moxie is for midfielders.

To start the second half, Teemu Taino replaced the ineffective Marquez and Team No-More-Bulls*it promptly and effectively destroyed the Impact. Three goals in the second to none for the city that claims to have better bagels than NYC. (It actually may be a contest by the way.)

All Taino did was link a few passes here and there out to the flanks and basically stand around in central midfield, quietly cooing to his teammates, “If you need me, I’m over here, just give me a holler.”

Thierry Henry did his amazing, “I-Am-MVP”-thing as did Dax McCarty did his and RBNY rolled and rolled real easy.

McCarty: 42-of-52 as The Link Man...

Oh, if you’re a New York fan, send a little thank you note to McCarty on Twitter today. The whirling gingerish basically kept the team in a game they should have dominated from the start with first half hustle and his 42-of-52 passing line ain’t too shabby. (Guarantee four or five of those missed passes were ones where he thought, “If Marquez had only taking a half step forward after I played that ball”)

Now, there is a major disclaimer here.

Red Bulls New York manager Hans Backe as Marquez was apparently lifted due to “a groin injury”

There was no point during the match where Marquez went down, gripping below his abdomen.

There was no wave over to the bench.

And here’s another thing–back to our opener–if Marquez was experiencing even the slightest wince from a groin injury going in to the match, why play him, at home, against cellar-keeper Montreal?

Let’s make that a minor disclaimer. There’s a chance that this falls on Hans Backe.

More than likely, it’s just New York Marquez being New York Marquez again. I’d say grow up, but you’re supposed to be a veteran.

Alas, Red Bulls fans cheer on. You’re in 2nd place and you played 10-v-11 for the first 45 minutes on Saturday. Bully on you.

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jared on 2012/04/02 at 6:56 AM

    I watched most of that game and Marquez was truly awful. He was poor in terms of skill and even worse in terms of effort. The Red Bulls are going nowhere if Backe continues to play him. He is the poster boy for all that was feared in the DP discussion of older players coming over and retiring while collecting a paycheck. Not sure why anyone would have expected him to care since it’s pretty obvious that he’s never viewed the USMNT as worthy based on his petulant displays so why would he care at all about growing MLS. I can’t believe they didn’t find a way to dump him in the offseason.

    There were still signs of Henry being upset with his teammates and especially Cooper as his partner. Cooper ran into traffic several times when he could have easily played it to Henry in a better position.


  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/04/02 at 7:40 AM

    Agree on Cooper and henry. I think Cooper hangs out looking for a pass to make a move and rarely creates opportunities *for teammates* through off-ball movement. That has to upset Thierry — then again, he was guilty of just that at Barca.


  3. Posted by SamT on 2012/04/02 at 8:20 AM

    Playing with Marquez is worth than playing 10v11. At least 10v11, you adjust your shape to compensate for the missing player. With Marquez, the player is still on the field taking up space.

    It’s an interesting question to me, who has been worse for the club? Mattheus or Marquez?


    • Posted by Jared on 2012/04/02 at 8:51 AM

      For me it has to be Marquez. He’s getting paid an obscene amount, nearly killed the career of Tim Ream, has consistently put in little effort and is doing all this at a time when a player of his caliber performing at anything close to peak performance would put them among the very top of the league.

      Matthaus was nearly 40 when he came to NY, right? They were pretty terrible at the time too I believe so him being a waste just meant that they didn’t improve to mediocre.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/04/02 at 9:36 AM

      The craziest part of Marquez is that there was actually some transfer interest from (IIRC) Club America and Flamengo over the winter and NYRB actually turned them down. Facepalm. Wouldn’t you rather move Marquez and make a move for, we’ll say, Clarence Seedorf in the summer?


  4. Posted by kaya on 2012/04/02 at 2:04 PM

    I’d say putting Marquez on the field is pretty much akin to playing 10 v 12.


  5. Posted by Union on 2012/04/02 at 2:06 PM

    Is there any doubt that Henry could be starting regularly (and performing well) for the majority of teams in the Premiership? He’s still got it.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/04/02 at 2:11 PM

      No doubt in my mind on henry. In fact, he’s changed his game. Much more willing to play the hold-up role which creates opportunities for him on throughballs AND he’d have more opportunities if Kenny Cooper would be dangerous off-the-ball.

      In a funny way–given how Chelsea are using Torres–he’d be perfect for that role. Shh…


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