Royer's double upends crying blue poseurs, 2:1
July 14, 2019
Whaaaa, whaaaa, whaaaa. A routine referee decision got turned into a pointless controversy that had the blue poseurs cry all the way back across the river. At the end, the officials held firm, as two goals from Daniel Royer led Metro to a comeback 2:1 win over NYCFC.
Chris Armas made two changes in the starting lineup, both on defense, as Aaron Long and Michael Murillo returned, from Gold Cup and suspension, respectively. Sean Nealis and Kyle Duncan sat. This meant that the other returning suspendee, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, started the game on the bench.
Metro came out of the gate flat and paid for it seven minutes in. The defense failed to clear a cross, and Heber roofed one home from close range.
Metro got back into it right before the break, as Brian White was pulled down in the box. Metro's first league penalty kick all year ended just like every other attempt from the spot Royer has taken -- in the back of the net.
The game winner, and the controversy that followed, came in the 60th. After a quick Alex Muyl throw-in deep into enemy territory, Marc Rzatkowski got the ball into Cristian Casseres, who sent it into the box. Royer, with three NYCFC defenders around him, deftly redirected it into the net. And then, the whining began.
Apparently, the blue poseurs didn't like that the throw-in was changed by a referee from a corner kick. Disregarding the facts that throw-ins are never preferable to corners for the attacking team, and that you're supposed to play the whistle, and that throw-in decisions are not reviewable... it didn't stop the crying.
That drama extended the game a whole nine nervy minutes, but Metro emerged victorious at the end. Have you noticed that Metro always takes supposed injustice on the chin, while other team keep whining about it?
Whaaaa, whaaaa, whaaaaaaaaaaaaa....
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Tarek, Long, Murillo, Davis, Casseres, Rzatkowski, Muyl, Royer, White. Subs: Wright-Phillips, Romero Gamarra, Parker.