This is the first moment I vividly remember when Eric Alexander made an impact (no pun attended) for the New York Red Bulls. Yes, he already scored a back-post, go-ahead goal against San Jose in the infamous Miller-gate game.
However, besides that goal and a few select moments, his effectiveness on the right as a two-way winger was looking like a failed experiment. Up to that point, he only appeared comfortable going one-way (usually backwards) until this run, shoulder-fake, and left-footed curler that rebounded off the crossbar.
In a tense match after an indifferent start to the season, the team had to beat the then league-leading Montreal Impact to build momentum. Credit to Espindola and Henry for finishing the goal, but it was Alexander’s aggression and confidence to attack his man that made the play. On a night most remembered for Titi’s bicycle kick, the man with two first names announced his talents to the relieved fans at Red Bull Arena.