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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 10: Ruiz was more than just his golazo

Posted on 25 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The defense continues to rule the day in Major League Soccer but the little offense seen in Week 10 was memorable to say the least. Carlos Ruiz of Philadelphia and Bobby Convey (San Jose) provided two highlight-reel, Goal of the Year candidates as both of their squads rolled to victory. One of them turned it into a Player of the Week performance. Defenders were at the forefront yet again, however, with seven teams posting shutouts. Is it a product of some of the league’s best attackers being sidelined with injury or simply a testament to the improvement of the collective defensive pool of talent in Major League Soccer?

ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 10

GK: Matt Pickens, Colorado

Pickens was kept relatively busy as the Rapids and Toronto FC fought to a 0-0 tie. The Reds tested Pickens on several occasions but it was the Rapids netminder who walked away feeling that Colorado left important points on the table. The Rapids haven’t dominated and Pickens has had to earn the five-game unbeaten streak that the Rapids currently are on. This is his first appearance in the Best XI.

DEF: Jeff Parke, Seattle

It was his defensive performance against Sporting Kansas City that turned heads but he was also the deciding factor on the scoresheet as well. An injury time header from the Pennsylvania native gave the Sounders the full three points and kept Sporting’s skid rolling. The biggest part of a defensive performance that kept Kei Kamara, Omar Bravo, AND Teal Bunbury quiet. It was Parke’s first goal since 2004.

DEF: Sheanon Williams, Philadelphia

Williams was all over PPL Park against Chicago and it was his goal line save that allowed the Union to stay at 1-1 before Carlos Ruiz’s golazo put them ahead for good. The Fire’s Puerari muscled behind Michael Farfan and was free on goal. His shot beat Mondragon but right at a backpedaling Williams. Somehow, Williams was able to get enough of a flick on it to send it wide of the post. His night didn’t start or end there. He was also a big part of the Union offense, flying up and down the right wing.

DEF: Richard Eckersley, Toronto FC

The Reds are slowly getting better and a lot of it has to do with the insertion of Eckersley, on loan from Burnley of the English Championship, into the lineup. He was a consistent presence on the right side for Toronto.  This is his first time making the Best XI.

MID: Dane Richards, New York

The Red Bulls will miss Richards dearly as he is set to leave for national team duty in the 2011 Gold Cup. Aside from his screamer in the first 60 seconds of the match against Houston, Richards was a constant problem for the Dynamo defense. He has matured as a player since Thierry Henry came on board and though his crossing is still subpar, Richards is routinely considered now one of the most dangerous players in Major League Soccer.  

MID: Brad Davis, Houston

Davis is having one of his best season’s for Houston this year. He is the point man for pretty much everything on the pitch and he’s reliable in that position. He converted the penalty to erase Dane Richards’ early score and distributed the whole game. His consistency has for the most part gone unmatched this year and as we close in on the one-third mark, he should be a lock for future Best XI honors. This is his third inclusion in the ASN Best XI.

MID: Dominic Oduro, Chicago

There’s a reason he’s called Birdman. The Fire didn’t use him enough against Philadelphia and, in the Union’s defense, Jordan Harvey did well with him when they tried to. Once the rookie Farfan was put back at leftback, however, Oduro scored the equalizer – using his pace to blow by the rookie and tie up the game.

MID: Khalif Alhassan, Portland

Alhassan loves JELD-WEN and understandably so. His best games have been at home, where the Timbers have built a fortress with five straight wins. Alhassan, once again, showed his technical ability and skill keeping the Crew’s generally solid defense on their toes. It’s relatively surprising that this is only the second time he has been selected in the Best XI (once being named Player of the Week).

MID: Mikael Yourassowsky, Toronto FC

He provided a lot of pep for the Reds on both sides of park. The Belgian registered Toronto’s best attempt on net halfway through the second half, clanging a shot off of the crossbar. His work in the midfield kept Colorado from taking control early on or ever really establishing any sort of dominance. This is his first time making the Best XI.

FWD: Tommy Heinemann, Columbus

He reminds me a little bit of Steven Lenhart, now with the San Jose Earthquakes. Heinemann was absolutely everywhere against the Crew as Columbus fell 1-0 to the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN. It was Heinemann who had the best chances for the Crew and the arguement could be made that he should have put at least one away. His work ethic and determination should get him goals at some point this season.

FWD: Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia *ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK*El Pescadito was much, much more than the left-footed golazo that doused the visiting Chicago Fire. His first touch and ability to hold up the ball was absolutely vital, especially as the Union’s offense continues to find its legs. He had several combination plays with former Fire player Justin Mapp that almost convinced Union fans that the Philadelphia attack was here to stay.

Bench: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake; Landon Donovan, Los Angeles; Chris Tierney, New England; Shalrie Joseph, New England; Brek Shea, FC Dallas; Mikael Yourassowsky, Toronto FC; George John, FC Dallas; Michael Farfan, Philadelphia; Eric Brunner, Portland

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Edson Buddle's early goal gives Galaxy 1-0 win over Red Bulls

Posted on 15 August 2010 by dkarell

After a win mid-week win over Toronto F.C, the Red Bulls were unable to keep the momentum going against Los Angeles on Saturday night, where they lost 1-0.

Sometimes, one silly mistake can hurt you in a big way. Rafa Marquez, making his home debut for the Red Bulls, lost possession of the ball in the middle of the field to LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho. He expertly put Edson Buddle through on goal, and he easily finished for his league leading 13th goal of the season.

Overall, the Red Bulls didnt play so poorly as you would think by the scoreline.

Early on, Red Bull midfielder Dane Richards used his speed to get past Galaxy defender Ivan DeLaGarza on the right wing on numerous occations, only to see his crosses defended well by the Galaxy defense.

Other times, the Red Bulls tried playing through the middle, or sending balls over top. But both captain Juan Pablo Angel and his strike partner Thierry Henry were not sharp during the match. The Red Bulls were whistled for offsides eight times, many of them on Angel. And while some of them were disputed, eight offsides in a match is not good. Angel leads Major League Soccer with 36 times being whistled for offsides in 20 games played.

In the second half, the Red Bulls seemed to slow down their pace, most likely due to the tired legs they are playing with. Saturday’s game was their third in seven days.

And despite bringing in Mac Kandji and Sinisa Ubiparipovic in the second half, the Red Bulls were unable to equalize, and even just get through a strong Los Angeles defense.

Current U.S. international Omar Gonzalez and former U.S. international Gregg Berhalter combined to shut down two of the best strikers in the world, in Henry and Angel.

And U.S. star Landon Donovan had a good game too, especially in the second half, springing plenty of counter attacks once the Red Bulls had pushed numbers forward.

For the Red Bulls, it was not the greatest performance and debut from Marquez, who most likely was a bit tired from playing with Mexico against Spain in a friendly on Wednesday.

His delivery on free kicks was top notch, but he was pretty quiet throughout the rest of his time in the match.

With the loss, New York still sits in second place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, still five ahead of Toronto, and six back from Columbus.

The Red Bulls now must regroup, and practice their passing in the final third of the field, before they head to Toronto for a match with the Reds next Saturday night, August 21.

Match Facts:

Scoring Summary:

LA — Edson Buddle 13 (Juninho 2) 10

Misconduct Summary:

NY — Juan Pablo Angel (caution; Dissent) 59

NY — Roy Miller (caution; Reckless Foul) 76

Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, A.J. DeLaGarza, Michael Stephens, Chris Birchall (Chris Klein 83), Juninho (Jovan Kirovski 90), Landon Donovan, Tristan Bowen (Mike Magee 61), Edson Buddle.

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Jordan, Eddie Lewis, Leonardo, Josh Saunders.

New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Rafael Marquez (Macoumba Kandji 71), Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere, Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 85).

Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Mike Petke, Carl Robinson, Seth Stammler, Greg Sutton.

Referee: Mark Geiger

Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor, Peter Manikowski

4th Official: Mark Kadlecik

Weather: Partly cloudy and 76 degrees

Attendance: 25,000

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Richards wonderstrike gives Bulls Win over Man. City

Posted on 26 July 2010 by dkarell

The “King of Friendlies” has struck again.

After a great goal against Santos F.C. of Brazil in the opening of Red Bull Arena, Dane Richards once again conjured up his magic, and sent a rocket off his foot off the crossbar and into the net, giving the Red Bulls the 2-1 win.

“As Kandji drew the defenders toward him, I just asked him for the ball,” said Richards. “I just remembered the Santos game, so I just struck it.”

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It was a hot and muggy day at Red Bull Arena, that became cooler when the skies opened up for the second game of the double header.

Both the Red Bulls and Manchester City were allowed to use all available subs as well because of the heat.

In the first half, with many of the best Red Bull’s players out on the field, they controlled the tempo and played some exciting soccer.

Just seven minutes in, the aforementioned Richards put on the afterburners and quickly passed former England international Wayne Bridge down the right side of the field. He cross the ball into the middle of the box on the ground, and a touch from Macoumba Kandji was all that was needed to give the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead.

“I saw Dane took off, so I just timed my run, and he couldn’t have put it any better” said Kandji.

The Red Bull’s confidence grew from the goal, and the team continued to attack on the Manchester City goal.

Thierry Henry had a wonderful chance to put the Red Bulls up 2-0 in the 20th minute when he was played through on goal by Kandji.

But Henry pulled his shot from the left side of the box just inches wide of the post.

It was only one of many chances for the Red Bulls in the first half, but the score stayed at 1-0 into half time.

At the half, the Red Bulls replaced most of their stars with reserves, and the rhythm of the game was put off.

“We made five subs at the half, and you could see after a few minutes that the rhythm of the game was not there,” said head coach Hans Backe.

In the second half, Man City started to dominate the match. In the 55th minute, Alex Nimely, who was lively throughout the game, stole the ball from Red Bull midfielder Carl Robinson in the Red Bull half of the field.

A couple passes later and the ball was at the feet of City youngster Greg Cunningham, who sent in a low cross from the left.

City’s tall Brazilian striker Jo Silva deftly got his foot on the ball and turned it into the back of the net, giving Man City an equalizer.

But 15 minutes later, against the run of play, Richards hit one of the best goals seen at Red Bull Arena so far to give New York the 2-1 lead in the 70th minute.

And despite some tense moments at the end, the Red Bulls held on for the win, and finish in third place at the Barclays New York Football Challenge.

“It was exciting, playing some World Class teams and players, and I thought the team played well today and we’re happy with the result,” said captain Carlos Mendes.

For Man City, it was a second loss in a row, and they now head to Atlanta for a friendly with Club America of Mexico.But despite the loss, the team is keeping things in perspective.

“We are here in the preparations for the season, so we have to keep going, keep fighting, and keep enjoying ourselves,” said Emmanuel Adebayor. “I think they (New York Red Bulls) had a good game and it was their day today.”

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Manchester City 1
Barclays New York Challenge
July 25, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 23,228

Scoring Summary:
NY: Macoumba Kandji (Dane Richards) 7’
MCFC: Jo (Greg Cunningham) 55’
NY: Dane Richards (Macoumba Kandji) 70’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Jeremy Hall (caution) 30’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Greg Sutton 62’), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 46’), Tim Ream (Andrew Boyens 63’), Carlos Mendes (Mike Petke 71’), Jeremy Hall (Chris Albright 46’), Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere (Carl Robinson 46’), Seth Stammler (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46’), Dane Richards (Marcos Paullo Peixoto 81’), Macoumba Kandji (Salou Ibrahim 71’), Thierry Henry (Conor Chinn 46’)

Manchester City – Joe Hart (GK) (Stuart Taylor 46’), Wayne Bridge (Craig Bellamy 82’), Nedum Onuoha (Joleon Lescott 63’), Dedryck Boyata (Kolo Toure 63’), Ben Mee, Andrew Tutte, Stephen Ireland (Greg Cunningham 46’), Scott Kay (Pablo Zabaleta 82’), Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo (Adam Johnson 63’)

Officials:

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Jason Cullum, Eric Boria
4th Referee: Andrew Chapin

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The Good, The Bad, The Red, The Dead

Posted on 20 July 2010 by dkarell

Well, it was a very exciting week for Red Bull New York fans, with the long awaited arrival of Thierry Henry as the 2nd DP. In this 11th edition of the column, we will be focusing on the Red Bulls 2-0 defeat against the first placed Columbus Crew last Saturday as well as the big signing.

The Good: The Red Bulls finally made it official, when announcing on July 14 (also coincidentally Bastille Day in France) that they had signed former French international and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on a four and a half year contract. He became the Red Bull’s second designated player, after Juan Pablo Angel. Henry is set to make his debut for his new club vs. Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly match at Red Bull Arena.

The Bad: Oh, there was a game on Saturday? Yes, yes there was, and the Red Bulls were thoroughly beaten by a better and more organized Columbus Crew squad. The Red Bull midfield was not connecting the defense with the forwards, and the defense was all over the place. It was shades of last season’s massive failures to say the least. Both goals given up were due to lazy marking or miscommunication at the most important junctures, in the final third of the field.

The Red: Two games in a row the defense for the Red Bulls has looked shaky, and the midfield has failed to hold any kind of possession. Joel Lindpere and Seth Stammler have not impressed recently in the central of midfield as well. One has to wonder if coach Hans Backe will maybe put Mike Petke back into the lineup to partner Tim Ream, or if he will play more of a defensive wing back instead of Danleigh Borman. Also, Dane Richards up top has failed to produce any results, and with Henry in the lineup now, Backe might want to lean towards a 4-3-3 with Henry on the left, Salou/Richards on the right, and Angel up top.

The Dead: John Wolyniec’s Red Bull/Metrostars career might be over, as it seems as though he is the odd man out for Thierry Henry to be added to the roster. Woly has played 167 games for the Red Bull/Metrostars franchise in all competitions, with 36 goals over nine years with the franchise. His effort, hustle, and hometown pride made him a fan favorite, and he will be missed and greatly remembered for always being a consummate professional.

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Photo gallery: RBNY take Atlantic Cup

Posted on 11 July 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls scoreless draw with DC United on July 10 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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Red Bulls stifle Rapids, 1-1

Posted on 05 July 2010 by ASN Staff

Perhaps taking a page from the U.S. national team’s performance at the 2010 World Cup, the New York Red Bulls recovered after a very weak start to salvage a point at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday night. Juan Pablo Angel found the scoresheet again, equalizing off a corner kick to allow the team to earn a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids. It was the captain’s fifth goal in the last five MLS games and pulls Angel within one goal of the 10 tallies by the LA Galaxy’s Edson Buddle that lead the league. Skip right to the player ratings.

Colorado took the lead in the fourth minute. Defender Marvell Wynne found an onside Conor Casey with space along the right wing. Casey took it in towards the penalty box before hitting a low cross to Cummings, who one-timed it past goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul inside the left post.

The Red Bulls, now unbeaten in their last four matches (3-0-1), looked to get back into the game later in the half, with Chris Albright heading it straight at goalkeeper Matt Pickens. In the 33rd minute, Angel had a good chance to tie the game after he was put in on goal by Dane Richards. However, Pickens was quick off his line to block the Colombian’s shot away.

Angel, though, was able to put his name on the scoresheet just a minute later. Sinisa Ubiparipovic’s inswinging corner kick fell to the Red Bulls’ all-time leading goal scorer, who controlled it before firing a rocket into the roof of the goal. The tally was Angel’s fifth in as many games.

With the game tied, Ubiparipovic looked for a streaking Joel Lindpere into the penalty box and the Estonian rolled a shot that Pickens went down to save in the 42nd minute. The Red Bulls came out strong to begin the second half, with Angel putting a shot from 15-yards out over the bar three minutes in. Two minutes later, Richards had a golden opportunity to put New York in front, as he got free on the right side of the 18-yard box and blasted a shot that was punched away by Pickens.

Both teams endured strong winds and heavy rain especially in the second half, but the conditions did not discourage attacking soccer. In the 61st minute, Rapids midfielder Jeff Larentowicz tried to test Coundoul from 30-yards-out with a low blast on frame, but the goalkeeper went down to push it away. Six minutes later, Colorado’s Mehdi Ballouchy rifled a shot from 25 yards out that beat Coundoul and slammed off the woodwork.

The Rapids kept pressing to find a game-winner. Midfielder Colin Clark cut in past his defender and right-footed an attempt over the bar. Soon after, Casey got on the end of a Kosuke Kimura delivery and nodded it just past the left post.

Player Ratings


Scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest.

Bouna Condoul: 7
Can fault his positioning on the first Rapids goal, though in fairness there was a lot more that went wrong on that play. Had a nice exit in the first half, with his punch out leading to the sequence that resulted in the equalizing goal. Did well in the second, going down to grab an Omar Cummings cross off the feet of Conor Casey. His goal kicks are even reaching over the midfield line!

Danleigh Borman: 6
Looked poor on the first Rapids goal, giving up on the play as soon as the ball was by him. Had a few nice defensive plays on Cummings.

Tim Ream: 6.5
Was caught in no man’s land on the nullified goal by Bellouchy. A few shaky moments in the first half. Then settled down nicely. Something to build on.

Carlos Mendes: 7.5
Did a good job tracking Conor Casey and stepping in to space to pick off passes intended for the forward. Settled down nicely after the first goal, supplying much-needed stability to the team’s back line.

Chris Albright: 5.5
Was beaten by Omar Cummings on the first goal. A better timed slide might have picked that ball off. Seemed to struggle a bit with the elements, never appearing completely comfortable.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 6
Lackadaisical pass led to the counterattack that resulted in the first Rapids goal. But recovered after that. Great pass into space to Lindpere shortly before halftime. Still need to see more of him.

Seth Stammler: 6.5
Became more comfortable as the first half wore on, with some nice tracking back to win the ball. A few bad passes but otherwise his usual solid self.

Tony Tchani: 4.5
One of the most active Red Bulls in the first half, but this activity was not really put to optimal use. Seems to have caught a bit of the Dane Richards disease of holding the ball too long. Or maybe Dane simply passed it on to him? Either way, clearly struggled to find a comfortable spot in the formation and never really resolved this throughout the match.

Dane Richards: 8
Perfectly-weighted pass to Angel really should have resulted in a goal had the captain’s first touch not deserted him. The tying goal came on the ensuing corner though. Was also good to see him have a shot in the second half in a situation where he normally might have tried to dribble himself into a better position. Very few “Dane being Dane” moments and these were largely limited to the early stages of the match. Overall a very positive performance. Welcome back.

Joel Lindpere: 6
Was supposed to bey the lynchpin of the attack but was too inactive. Starting to wonder the efficiency of his high work rate. Chasing the ball will not necessarily help anybody. After being moved back to regular midfield in the second half he did a lot better. The morale of the story for Backe? Stop experimenting and leave him at a position where he has produced results.

Juan Pablo Angel: 7
Nice job on the equalizer. Was perfectly positioned off the cornerr and left no doubt with his finish. Even passed the ball well a few times. Can’t really pick on the guy after scoring the equalizer and being a solid threat all game long, but there were a few precarious moments early in the game. Still, he is clearly learning how to have an impact as a striker despite diminishing skills and mobility.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 1, Colorado Rapids 1, July 4, 2010
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, CO
Attendance:18,363

Scoring Summary:
COL: Omar Cummings 4 (Conor Casey 3) 15’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 9 (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 1) 34’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Seth Stammler (caution) 67’
COL: Omar Cummings (caution) 71’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (8-5-1, 25 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Chris Albright, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Mike Petke 89’), Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani (Salou Ibrahim 68’), Dane Richards, Joel Lindpere, Juan Pablo Angel (Roy Miller 84’)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton (GK), Luke Sassano, Jeremy Hall, Conor Chinn

Colorado Rapids (6-3-4, 22 pts.) – Matt Pickens (GK), Danny Earls, Scott Palguta (Kosuke Kimura 54’), Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Jamie Smith (Colin Clark 65’), Mehdi Ballouchy (Wells Thompson 78’), Omar Cummings, Conor Casey

Substitutes Not Used: Ian Joyce (GK), Claudio Lopez, Quincy Amarikwa, Ross LaBauex

Officials:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante, Brian Poeschel
4th Referee: Alejandro Mariscal

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Juve 1

Posted on 28 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-1 win over Juventus Turin May 23 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, without the customary snarky commentary because, well, the guy who writes them doesn’t care about these friendlies. Besides, the photos should speak for themselves. 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.

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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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Player ratings: Crew 3, RBNY 1

Posted on 21 May 2010 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls put up a solid team effort that was hard done by the final 3-1 result loss to the Columbus Crew on May 20. What about individual efforts and, more importantly, individual performances? We get to that here in our player ratings:

Bouna Condoul: 6
Definitely a performance to build on. Liked his aggressiveness on early crosses. Why he backed off of this is a mystery and may have in fact had an impact on the second goal by Columbus. Also had a terrific save (off Adam Moffat?) in the second half and did well stifling other Crew shots. Believe this is the first loss of the season where we can honestly say he didn’t play a direct role. Little victories. But the next (MLS) match will be crucial because he’s had encouraging performances earlier only to relapse to his old ways the next time out.

Chris Albright: 6.5
Solid in the first half and that on both ends of the pitch. Was a stabilizing force on defense and in the attack kept the ball moving and had a few nice passes into space. Unfortunately came undone a bit in the second half where he was beaten by his man on several occasions and turned the ball over. Maybe he ran out of steam? Hopefully it wasn’t another (or the same) injury.

Mike Petke: 2
Sad that his 300th MLS game was also one of his worst in recent memory. Very little went right for him. Could have faulted him on the first goal, at least in part. The second was scored by his man so he bears most, if not all of the responsibility. The third was even more egregious and came at a time when the team was gathering momentum for a final push to equalize. To his credit he took responsibility for his poor play.

Tim Ream: 3
Had one or two strong moments in the first 30 minutes of the game, but that was it. Caught in no-man’s land on the first goal, between Frankie Hejduk and Eddie Gaven, though Petke probably should have done a better job covering for him. Terrible mistake on the third goal, though again his partner in central defense bears a large part of the burden. But his lack of pace is beginning to show as a liability. Perhaps teams are learning to take advantage of him?

Danleigh Borman: 5
Had a few strong moments, particularly in the first half, but was too inconsistent. Love his hustle but needs to take care of the ball better. Maybe better suited for midfield?

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 7
Stellar first half; probably his best 45 minutes as a pro (or at least in recent memory). Effectively ran the offense in Joel Lindpere’s absence. Distributed the ball well, hustled, created space for his teammates. Exactly the type of stuff this team has been lacking from its midfield players, Lindpere excepted. Seemed to drop off a bit in the second half but still Hans Backe’s decision to substitute him was a curious one. Even though central midfield appears to be his natural position he may be more effective at right wing. Or at least more effective than Dane Richards.

Seth Stammler: 5
A completely average performance. Didn’t make any decisive mistakes but didn’t contribute all that much either, especially for the attack. Don’t think he’s starter material, frankly.

Roy Miller: 5
Had a poor first half but was playing out of position. Seriously, what’s up with these lineups by Backe? Miller is not a center midfielder. Left wing is enough of a stretch. And he was doing fine as left back. Why mess with a good thing? Don’t understand that. Came alive a bit in the second but created far too little. Then again, that’s not a role he’s suited for in the first place.

Jeremy Hall: 3
Did far too little. Needed to help out covering Hejduk as a left mid but failed to do so and it came back to haunt the team on the first goal. Contributed even less offensively. That changed a little in the second half when he was moved to the right side, but not enough. He’s going to have to do a lot more to keep his spot as a starter.

Juan Pablo Angel: 3.5
The freekick was nice (didn’t go in though, did it?) and it was good to see him find a seam in the defense for that early shot that went narrowly wide. But that’s it for nice things we can say about him. His first touch has abandoned him altogether. Literally every time in the second half that he had the ball he turned it over. Still can’t move. His retreats to midfield were a little better planned this time, but he did it far too often and dropped far too deep. Saw him even with the backline on a few occasions. Not sure what he’s trying to prove at this point.

Dane Richards: 6
As I suspected (on the latest Seeing Red! podcast) there was more use for him at forward than in the midfield. Did well to get open and show for the ball. But should have finished better. Or finished, period. Once again his weak technical abilities (no left foot) and inability to see the field (or, if you prefer, his “low soccer IQ”) haunted him. Either way should have done a lot more with his chances.

Tony Tchani: 8
Caused problems for the Crew defense as soon as he entered the match in the 65th minute. Looked great on the ball and love his strength and speed. One question: Why didn’t he start? The team clearly could have used his contributions. Congrats on the first goal, which displayed aerial ability to go with the footwork skills we already knew he had.

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The walking wounded RBNY will be severely shorthanded vs. Crew

Posted on 19 May 2010 by ASN Staff

We already knew Salou Ibrahim and Carl Robinson would not be available for Thursday night’s nationally-televised clash with the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena. Now add Joel Lindpere and Brian Nielsen to the list.

So says the New York Post’s Dylan Butler. His report adds that Ibrahim will be out at least another week, to be replaced Thursday night by Dane Richards. Roy Miller, Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani and Sinisa Ubiparipovic (from left to right) are expected to form the midfield.

At first glance it’s hard to tell where the offense will come from with that lineup. But Miller has showed some dribbling, passing and crossing skills and Tchani played a dominating attacking midfield role in the team’s 2-1 U.S. Open Cup defeat of Philadelphia Union.

That leaves Ubiparipovic, who has played well at times as a central midfielder but really doesn’t have the skillset to play right wing. One would think Jeremy Hall might be the more compelling option at that position.

As it is Hall is due to start on the bench, because Chris Albright is fully healthy and expected to make his first MLS start for the Red Bulls. If Roy Miller starts at left midfield, expect Danleigh Borman to start at left back.

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