Australian Tim Cahill has scored his first goal for new side New York Red Bulls as they came from behind to defeat the Portland Timbers 3-2.
The Red Bulls trailed 2-0 after the first half hour of the match on Sunday, but were level at the break, after two goals in consecutive minutes from Kenny Cooper and Cahill.
The hosts eventually won 3-2 to keep the pressure on MLS Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City but after the game Cahill remained unconvinced with his performance.
“I’m really pleased to get my first goal … (but) for me it wasn’t the greatest night,” Cahill said.
“I’ll probably go away from here a bit down because I know we can play a lot better football but I suppose, in football, you take the result.”
While Cahill, Cooper and Heath Pearce got the plaudits for hitting the back of the net, New York’s Australian forward praised the Red Bulls’ goalkeeper Billy Gaudette for his performance.
“I think the real hero of tonight was probably Billy,” Cahill said.
“He was exceptional, and not just today.
“I’m talking about every game since I’ve been here.
“(He was a) massive part of our result today.”
Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe says he was pleased with his team’s attitude but was disappointed with the errors New York made, which he rated as the key to his side going behind.
“We know that they (Portland) probably played today to drop back, sit back,” Backe said.
“The starting point for the Portland defence was around the halfway line with strikers and as soon as you make some unforced errors in the middle of the park you get caught.
“I mean, one pass and they had almost a free run.
“So we have to be more precise in our attacking game.”
Backe believes other MLS teams try even harder to try to beat his side and the LA Galaxy.
“I think it is like that, that teams who play the Red Bulls and LA (Galaxy) lift their game a little bit,” the New York head coach said.
“They run 10 percent more, they tackle 10 percent more, but we need to just be aware of that and we need to be more consistent, absolutely.”