The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 24 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Just in time for the new workweek it’s everybody’s favorite ASN column, the Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead! This is the ninth installment of this feature, which will run within a day or two of the team’s last game, this season. Today we focus on the New York Red Bulls’ 3-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew on May 15, while taking a look at the team’s 3-1 victory over Juventus from the weekend. Ready? Here goes:

The Good:
Irving Garcia. The kid demonstrated in 67 minutes vs Juventus why Dane Richards should never be allowed to start another meaningful game for this club. Case closed.

Tony Tchani got his first MLS goal against Columbus and turned in another strong performance against Juventus. Definite starter material at this point. There can’t really be any question this kid is miles better than Seth Stammler or Carl Robinson (who is constantly injured anyway). Holding midfielder is not his ideal spot; he told me after the Columbus match that he sees himself more as a box-to-box player. This is currently Joel Lindpere’s job but there is a spot for Tchani in the starting lineup regardless.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic played arguably his best 45 minutes as a pro in the first half vs. Columbus. He too is a better option than Dane Richards at right wing. Then again so is anybody who can dribble and cross a soccer ball.

The Bad:
Juan Pablo Angel and Dane Richards have been bad for so long they don’t even warrant inclusion in this category anymore.

Mike Petke and Tim Ream cost the team with their snafu in the closing minutes of the Columbus match. The Red Bulls had just scored their first goal and had the momentum. Who knows if they would have managed the equalizer, but the third Crew goal put the game out of reach. There’s really no excuse for that type of stuff at this level.

The Red:
Something needs to give with Juan Pablo Angel. He just isn’t bringing it and is a liability at this point. Red Bulls players are quietly (very quietly) pissed off at this guy. The situation is going to come to a head soon. You haven’t heard the last of this.

Not sure what was driving Hans Backe’s substitutions in the Columbus game. First he removed Sinisa Ubiparipovic, the team’s best player to that point. Then he brought on John Wolyniec for Jeremy Hall, moving Dane Richards to the right wing spot where he has proved to be ineffective at best and an embarrassment at worst. Then he inserted Carlos Mendes for Chris Albright even though attacking options (Garcia, Conor Chinn) were available to him. Okay, so Albright was winded. BFD. At that point what does shoring up your backline really matter when you’re down two goals?

It will be interesting to see Backe’s lineup for the Colorado U.S. Open Cup match because that will tell us a lot about who he views as starter material (in other words, the guys who don’t start Wednesday). So hopefully Richards will make the starting lineup vs. Colorado.

The Dead:
Dane Richards. Need we say more?

Roy Miller as a center midfielder. Please, never again.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. erik v Says:

    I'm looking forward to the summer transfer window. Not so much because of the DPs coming in, but more because I feel Backe and Soler will make some major changes in every line. I'm convinced they are getting a new GK (they have to) and will look to improve the backline and add more depth to the middle and left. Think we will see Richards, Stammler, Goldy, Sassano, Wolly, and Boyens leave. Think Hall and Robinson might be on that list too. Think the biggest problem will be that they need to find one or more domestic players that are better than the list I just mentioned and that could prove tricky. Hope they consider an American for the third DP slot. That would a move many fans would be excited about (depending on the player of course).

  2. erik v Says:

    I'm looking forward to the summer transfer window. Not so much because of the DPs coming in, but more because I feel Backe and Soler will make some major changes in every line. I'm convinced they are getting a new GK (they have to) and will look to improve the backline and add more depth to the middle and left. Think we will see Richards, Stammler, Goldy, Sassano, Wolly, and Boyens leave. Think Hall and Robinson might be on that list too. Think the biggest problem will be that they need to find one or more domestic players that are better than the list I just mentioned and that could prove tricky. Hope they consider an American for the third DP slot. That would a move many fans would be excited about (depending on the player of course).

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