Watch Bouna Condoul fumble a run of the mill grab of a corner and gift the ball to Ryan Stephenson for San Jose Earthquakes equalizer. Last weekend he was similarly embarrassed when he completely flubbed Marco Pappa’s soft shot on goal.
Condoul’s horrifically incompetent goalkeeping is a seamless transition from his predecessor Greg Sutton’s equally inept performance.
The Red Bulls forced yet another draw their tenth this season as their stellar beginning fades to distant memory. The arrival of Dax McCarty brought some zip in midfield and it was the new man creating the move that led to Roy Miller finding acres of space down the left to send in a curling cross which Joel Lindpere was able to sweep home after regaining possession of the ball. Then came Condoul’s blooper and just like that the Red Bulls momentum evaporated.
It was San Jose’s centreforward Steve Lenhart rising above Tim Ream to head Steven Beitashour’s cross which propelled Frank Yallop’s team ahead. Jon Busch playing larger than his 5′ 8” frame bringing off a couple of stellar saves before Lindpere struck late in the 85th minute as his spanking drive was headed by Bobby Burling for an own goal. Chicharito Hernandez could not have done it better. To add insult to injury Burling was ejected after receiving his second yellow in added time.
Hans Backe needs a new goalie. Even Manuel Almunia might be preferable to the two mishaps he has on his roster.