In the region’s other 5-4 result from Saturday, the former Metro Stars won their first match of the 2006 campaign over last year’s worst club, Chivas USA (and former Metros coach, Bob Bradley), thanks in large part to a hat trick from Jean-Philippe Peguero (above). This unlikely offensive explosion from a Red Bulls side that had tallied just 5 goals combined in their previous six matches, comes on the heels of Amado Guevara’s suspension. The Honduran midfielder, after being substituted in the club’s previous match against Chicago, chose to watch the rest of the contest from the stands. Which is where he spent today, supposedly.
Congrats are due to Hereford United, Nationwide Conference playoff winners on Saturday against Halifax, 3-2. There’s the not so small matter of a Tamika Mkandwire handball (above) that somehow escaped the referee’s notice, but you can be certain the Bulls won’t be sending in any video evidence.
Yesterday’s win secured promotion to League Two for Hereford, who along with Conference champs Accrington Stanley, are back in the Football League for the first time in 9 years and 44 years respectively.