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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 9

Posted on 24 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The shutouts keep flowing in as the quality defenses in Major League Soccer keep churning out wins for their respective squads. San Jose, Los Angeles, Columbus, Toronto FC and Houston all enjoyed shutout wins even as key players were off on national team duty. The Crew’s Will Hesmer set the franchise’s mark for Most Career Shutouts but still was beat out for the keeper spot on Week 9’s ASN Best XI. Notable performances from unexpected sources was also on Week 9’s agenda with players like Houston’s Danny Cruz, Toronto FC’s Nick Garcia, and the Crew’s Emilio Renteria having big impacts this week. Read on at ASN Philly…

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Photo gallery: Crew 3, RBNY 1

Posted on 22 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew May 20 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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More ASN coverage of the match

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference audio

Player ratings

Discuss the game in our new forum, which has an entire thread dedicated to that purpose.

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Crew defeat Red Bulls to take first place in the East

Posted on 21 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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The New York Red Bulls were clearly the better team for stretches of Thursday night’s ESPN showcase match with the Columbus Crew but in the end had nothing to show for it. The visiting Crew won 3-1 on goals from Eddie Gaven, Andy Iro and Emilio Renteria, while the Red Bulls countered with Tony Tchani’s first-ever official tally as a pro. With the victory the still-undefeated Crew take first place from New York and establish themselves as the class of the Eastern Conference.

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Friday audio update

Posted on 21 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Tchani debut goal spoiled in 3-1 loss to Columbus

Posted on 20 May 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls outplayed the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena Thursday but at the end of the night had nothing to show for it. After dominating the first 35 minutes of possession, Frankie Hejduk combined with former MetroStar Eddie Gaven to give the Crew a 1-0 lead before Andy Iro doubled it off a corner four minutes later. The Red Bulls had most of the match in the second half as well and appeared to seize the momentum when Tony Tchani scored his first professional goal nine minutes from time. But a miscommunication between Tim Ream and Mike Petke led to a third Columbus goal in the 83rd minute and Red Bull never recovered.

“It’s a defeat that hurts, that’s for sure,” Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe said in the postgame press conference, which can be listened to in its entirety here.

“Credit to them tonight,” Petke said of the Crew. “I don’t think they deserved it, but you gotta do what you gotta do.”
Petke described the mix-up on the third goal as “bad miscommunication” between him and Tim Ream. “I’ll take the blame,” he added.

It was not a memorable 300th game in Major League Soccer for the Babylon, N.Y., native. “I feel like I played 300 games in the last week,” he said.

Player ratings are out and be sure to check out the photo gallery!

Tony Tchani ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 1, Columbus Crew 3
May 20, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 11,940

Scoring Summary:
CLB: Eddie Gaven 2 (Frankie Hejduk 2) 35’
CLB: Andy Iro 2 (Eddie Gaven 2) 39’
NY: Tony Tchani 1 (Carlos Mendes 1) 81’
CLB: Emilio Renteria 1 (unassisted) 83’

Disciplinary Summary:
CLB: Adam Moffat (caution) 52’
CLB: Andy Iro (caution) 60’
NY: Seth Stammler (caution) 75’
NY: Tim Ream (caution) 85’


New York Red Bulls (5-4-0, 15 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Chris Albright (Carlos Mendes 71’), Jeremy Hall (John Wolyniec 68’), Roy Miller, Seth Stammler, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Tony Tchani 65’), Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Conor Chinn, Luke Sassano, Irving Garcia

Columbus Crew (5-0-2, 17 pts.) – William Hesmer, Frankie Hejduk, Eric Brunner, Andy Iro, Danny O’Rourke, Brian Carroll, Adam Moffat (Jed Zayner 57’), Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel Ekpo (Emilio Renteria 68’), Steven Lenhart, Jason Garey (Duncan Oughton 89’)

Substitutes Not Used: Andy Gruenebaum, Gino Padula, Dilly Duka, Sergio Herrera


Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante, Peter Manikowki
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

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Hans Backe discusses the 3-1 loss to Columbus

Posted on 20 May 2010 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe answered reporters questions immediately after the team’s May 20 defeat to the Columbus Crew.

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Top of the heap in Eastern Conference on the line at Red Bull Arena

Posted on 20 May 2010 by jzidar

Red Bull Arena from the inside ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Red Bull Arena will host the most important match in its short history tonight when the Columbus Crew face the New York Red Bulls in the ESPN2 showcase game of the week. It’s still very early in the season, but the stakes are high, with the unbeaten Crew trailing the Red Bulls by one point in the Eastern Conference standings.

At first glance, the two teams appear headed in opposite directions: The two-time defending Supporters Shield have won two of their last three games while the Red Bulls have lost two straight MLS contests after a hot start. But the Crew will be without three of their best players. Guillermo Barros Schelotto is suspended and Robbie Rogers and Chad Marshall are at U.S. national team camp in Princeton, N.J.

Will New York be able to capitalize and put some distance between themselves and Columbus in the standings? The Red Bulls are dealing with manpower shortages of their own. Joel Lindpere, the only player who has been able to create any kind of attack from the team’s midfield, is not expected to start. With striker Salou Ibrahim out as well, Hans Backe is left with a cranky, creaky Juan Pablo Angel to shoulder the offensive burden.

ASN’s John Zidar previews the match from Columbus.

ASN’s Red Bulls page has a pair of preview stories here and here.

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Wednesday audio update

Posted on 19 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Thierry Henry will not be available for the Crew Thursday…

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

…neither will Salou Ibrahim or Carl Robinson. Or for that matter Austin da Luz, who will miss six weeks with a “Jones fracture” on his left foot. This information courtesy of the New York Red Bulls official Twitter account.

So where does that leave us?

With very few options in attack, for one. Juan Pablo Angel will almost certainly start. Not that there was any doubt before. But who will be paired with him on the front line? John Wolyniec? Perhaps the most realistic alternative. Brian Nielsen? That experiment didn’t exactly go well against the Sounders. Conor Chinn? He’s behind the aforementioned on Hans Backe’s depth chart. Dane Richards? Don’t laugh, it could happen.

Of course the choice of a striker partner for Angel depends in no small part on the midfield lineup. Hopefully Backe has had enough of the Seth Stammler at left midfield experiment. Regardless, Stammler is more urgently needed to fill Robinson’s spot of holding midfielder at this point. Does that mean Nielsen starts at left mid? One would expect so given his “deer in the headlights” performance at forward on Saturday.

Stammler is by no means a shoe-in to start at holding midfielder, however. Tony Tchani has played well in the role recently, especially in his one start at San Jose. This one is an open question and I don’t suspect Backe himself has decided on it at this point.

What about right mid? From Dane Richards’ early substitution from the Sounders match it would appear that Backe is finally on to his (numerous) shortcomings. Whether that translates into a benching is an entirely different matter of course.

I think one can reasonably expect Backe to roll the dice with Jeremy Hall in right midfield, for the following reasons:

  • Hall has been a good soldier and deserves his chance to start at his preferred position
  • He played effectively at the position in last week’s U.S. Open Cup win over New England
  • An element of surprise or unpredictability is needed against the Columbus Crew. Hall provides a spark at the position that other options (Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Dane Richards) do not.

That would leave Wolyniec or perhaps Richards as Angel’s striker partner. But if Backe doesn’t like what he’s seeing from Richards at right midfield it is doubtful he would want him as a forward. Wolyniec is old reliable. You know exactly what you’re going to get. And he and Angel have trained and played together for more than three years.

Don’t expect Bouna Condoul to sit either, even though he probably should. Conor Chinn will likely make the bench along with Ubiparipovic, Stammler (if he doesn’t start), Tchani (if Stammler does), Carlos Mendes and perhaps Irving Garcia.

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ASN Twitter follower standings, round seven

Posted on 05 May 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s the start of a new month, which means it is time to revisit our Twitter account standings! This table tracks the number of followers each Major League Soccer team has through its ASN Twitter account. We launched this feature
about six months ago.

1. (1). LA Galaxy: 837 followers (4 more than on April 9)
2. (2). Seattle Sounders FC: 620 (+3)
3. (3). New York Red Bulls: 615 (+35)
4. (4). Toronto FC: 529 (+63)
5. (5). Chicago Fire: 401 (+3)
6. (6). Houston Dynamo : 385 (-1)
7. (7). Chivas USA: 340 (+6)
8. (8). Columbus Crew: 325 (+9)
9. (11). Philadelphia Union: 317 (+35)
10. (9). DC United: 311 (+0)
11. (10). New England Revolution: 294 (+0)
12 (12). Real Salt Lake: 267 (+2)
13. (14). FC Dallas: 255 (+10)
14. (13). San Jose Earthquakes: 245 (-1)
14. (15). Kansas City Wizards: 245 (+8)
16. (16). Colorado Rapids: 191 (+7)

A very interesting month. For the first time since we’ve been keeping this table teams actually lost followers. Granted it was just one follower in both instances; @DynamoASN and @QuakesASN. But it is still surprising, particularly in the latter’s case. The Quakes have been performing better on the field since, well, since they became the Houston Dynamo. And nearby Silicon Valley should surely result in more tech-savvy (and Twitter savvy?) fans than in a place like Salt Lake City or Columbus (to grossly over-generalize)?

But it wasn’t just these two accounts that suffered. Growth was anemic or inexistent (0 new followers by @dcuASN and @RevsASN–the first time that’s happened too) in all but three accounts: @TorontoFCasn (the biggest gainer by far), @RBNYasn and @PhillyUnionASN. The Union jumped two spots and the Red Bulls are within striking distance of @SoundersASN, whom they trail by five followers–something that can easily be made up in the month ahead. @LAgalaxyASN remains far ahead in the distance but a paltry four new followers at least means it didn’t expand this lead.

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Oh by the way: Just in case you were wondering, ASN’s “mothership” Twitter account, @amersocc, which covers broader (not always team-specific) issues affecting the American game, boasts 1,341 followers at the time of this writing. Our Women’s Professional Soccer account, @wpsASN, is followed by 703 people.

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