The goal was a right-footed pop from a tight angle, just a few yards from Matt Turner’s goal. The pass from Ezequiel Barco was perfect and the ball took a nice hop just as Escobar ran onto it before he opened his foot and passed it into the roof of the net.
The goal came after a formation change t hat saw Escobar move from right centerback to right fullback, which allowed him to get up the field.
The goal came as Ezequiel Barco, Julian Gressel and Escobar formed a triangle on the right. Gressel didn’t make a run, which seemed to freeze two of New England’s three defenders on that side. Their indecision gave Escobar a split-second to run past them. Barco split the three players with a pass for Escobar for run onto.
“He has a gift,” Josef Martinez said. “I’m very happy. Nobody expected him to be at the second post, but we celebrated that goal like we had just won the championship. I think these are the important games, and he always shows up.”
Escobar said it’s a situation that he frequently sees in training sessions.
Two of his previous goals came in last year’s playoffs: one in the MLS Cup in the 2-0 win against Portland in the Cup and the first came in the 3-0 win against Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals.
“Franco (Escobar) seems to pop up at weird moments and weird times, but it was a great finish, so I am not asking any questions,” Guzan said. “We will take it and move on.”
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