November 11, 2016
Ex-Red Bull Marquez finally wins one in Columbus
By Michael Lewis
|Rafa Marquez: "Maybe now they have a bad time, a time of intolerance and with this win maybe they can forget now a little bit what happened here in the U.S."
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It was a 15-year wait, but Rafa Marquez finally had a few things to cheer about at MAPFRE Stadium Friday night.
Not only did the former Red Bulls defender score the winning goal for Mexico in its 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the United States, he walked out of the ground with a win.
Marquez had endured defeats in three previous dos a cero encounters -- in 2001, 2005 and 2009.
On this chilly night, he snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the 89th minute, converting a Miguel Layun corner kick past goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
"The goal was a prize for Rafa," said Juan Carlos Osorio, who guided the Red Bulls from 2008-2009. "We won justly and if we'd have scored the two that hit the post wed have won more easily."
"Rafa Marquez is to Mexico what Peter Schmeichel was to people from Denmark. I've been involved in retirement of such players. Steve McManaman in Manchester City, for example. Rafa has a love for the game like no one else.
"He wants to play all the games. Today the game rewarded him and I'm very happy for him."
Marquez? He was just happy to secure three points and a rare win in a WCQ match in the USA.
"Maybe now they have a bad time, a time of intolerance and with this win maybe they can forget now a little bit what happened here in the U.S.," Marquez said.
"It was a long time that we haven't had a good game [here]. We are very happy and this is very important for us."