The Colorado Rapids dropped a fiercely competitive 2-1 win against New York City FC on Saturday night, but Rapids head coach Conor Casey's referee's 83rd-minute goal was undefeated by NYCFC's game-winning goal ,
] At stake, NYCFC midfielder Maxi Moralez carried the ball just over the center line, then launched a ball over the top to Ronald Matarrita. Rapids center-back Lalas Abubakar just had a header to stop the game, but the ball fell on Alexandru Mitrita, who put in a delicate touch before hitting Clint Irwin in the Colorado goal from a distance.
According to Casey, the referees missed Moralez's side pass against Matarrita.
"I saw a long ball with a player offside," Casey said in his comments after the game. "Lalas has to deal with a header, and then the ball falls on somebody and there is no way offside."
Irwin, who replaced injured starting goalkeeper Tim Howard shortly before half-time, was also involved.
For me as a goalkeeper, I probably had the worst angle for an offside because I'm where I am, "he said." But many people said when they left that they thought [Matarrita] was behind that Play and challenge Lalas for the ball. If that's the case, it should be offside because Lalas has to play and behead it. From there they get a second ball and can shoot a good shot. "
The winner of the match and the Howard injury were two of the few moments in the game Casey thought were not going their way, most notable being the 33rd-minute red card for Sebastian Anderson, midfielder The 16-year-old Homegrown, who was only in the MLS for the fifth time, had previously scored his first professional goal for Colorado after seeing Matarrita drop out to red when center-back Chris Penso grabbed his back pocket hesitating.
"He's unlucky with the red card," Casey said about Anderson's drop. "It's a rash, very quick call on a 16-year-old stealing a player. I thought he was very good. Bad luck that he is sent off. Obviously with a goal that is great for him. A 16-year hit. "The 20-minute lead-in is very impressive."
Despite the difficulties they faced, Casey had been in charge of the re-emergence of the Rapids since assuming the role of interim head coach on May 1 was satisfied with the fight against his charges.
"Given the huge inconsistencies in the calls and the fact that in the end we could still fight off and get chances, I'm just so very proud of this group of players."
Later added, "You notice that this team is together and fighting each other, these guys believe in each other, they fought to the last minute and we were still close to getting a point at the end. [I’m] really proud of them. "