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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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Episode 13: The unlucky loss to Columbus, the surprising win over Juventus, Ives Galarcep and more!

Posted on 26 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup

This week we are delighted to welcome Ives Galarcep of SoccerByIves.net to the broadcast! We discuss the team’s loss to Columbus, its win over Juventus and take a look at the upcoming schedule. Of course bull and cow and listener email as well. Check it out!

Seeing Red! is a collaboration of ASN’s Nathaniel E. Baker, Mark Fishkin of TheKinOfFish and Dave Martinez of RedBulls.TheOffside. For more information visit SeeingRedNY.com.

You can now subscribe to the show on itunes as well.

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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.

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Garcia stakes his claim as starter as RBNY trounce Juve

Posted on 23 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Three second half goals paced the New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 victory over Italian Serie A club Juventus FC in front of 18,735 at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon. Jeremy Hall, Conor Chinn and captain Juan Pablo Angel all found the back of the net against the 27-time Italian Scudetto winner, but it was Irving Garcia who impressed most. The 22-year old rookie was everywhere, outdribbling the supposed world-class Juventus defenders and creating chances. If Hans Backe doesn’t start Garcia in Dane Richards’ place now he either didn’t watch the match or is being blackmailed. Come to think of it, maybe Richards does have something on the Swedish coach? Match report follows. Many more photos in our gallery dedicated to the match. Check it out.

Conor Chinn celebrates scoring the Red Bulls' second goal. At left Juve goalkeeper Alex Manninger picks himself off the ground ©Scott Marsh/ASN

It was the first-ever match between the two teams and Juventus became the first European club to play at Red Bull Arena.

Irving Garcia created a good opportunity for the hosts early on, as he cut around a Juventus defender and into the box before firing a shot that goalkeeper Alex Manninger punched over the net. Juventus had a few chances to take the lead in the 18th minute, but Brazilian midfielder Diego’s long range blast went straight into the arms of Red Bulls goalkeeper Greg Sutton. Two minutes later, Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero tried to catch Sutton off his line, but was unsuccessful as Sutton easily collected the ball.

In the 31st minute, the Juventus backline failed to deal with a Carlos Mendes clearance, and Chinn latched onto the loose ball. Chinn was unable to get a chance on goal however, as Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina caught up to the forward and cleared the ball out for a corner kick.

Del Piero nearly gave Juventus the lead in the 41st minute with their best chance of the first half. The former Italian international did well to create some space for himself in the left side of the Red Bulls box. He fired a shot that beat Sutton but clanged off the crossbar and over the net. The hosts had a great chance just three minutes later, as Chinn turned and fired from eight yards out and Manninger was forced to parry it away.

The Red Bulls broke the deadlock in the 50th minute. After Sinisa Ubiparipovic’s free kick attempt hit off the defensive wall, Garcia fired a shot from 25 yards out that hit the crossbar. The ball fell to Hall, who put home the rebound.

New York doubled its lead just five minutes later. Zebina gave the ball away in the New York end, and Red Bulls’ defender Roy Miller took the ball and raced forward on the left touchline. He sent a long cross into the box to Chinn, who chested the ball down before blasting a shot past Manninger.

Angel and Dane Richards both came into the match in the second half and combined for New York’s third goal. Richards used his speed down the right flank and sent a low cross into the box. Angel found himself all alone at the back post in front of Manninger, and easily finished the chance.

Juventus was able to pull one back in the 90th minute when forward Amauri fired a shot at the top of the box that beat Sutton.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Juventus FC 1
May 23, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 18,735

Scoring Summary:
NY: Jeremy Hall 50’
NY: Conor Chinn 55’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 75’
JUV: Amauri 90’

Disciplinary Summary:
JUV: Goncalo Brandao (caution) 65’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls – Greg Sutton (GK), Danleigh Borman (Roy Miller 46’), Carlos Mendes, Clebao*, Luke Sassano (Chris Albright 80’), Jeremy Hall (Seth Stammler 68’), Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Tony Tchani, Irving Garcia (Dane Richards 68’), John Wolyniec, Conor Chinn (Juan Pablo Angel 68’)

Juventus FC – Alex Manningger (GK) (Francesco Bardi 81’), Fabio Grosso (Yago Silva Falque 67’), Alessandro Bernardini (Alcibiade Raffaele 81’), Goncalo Brandao (Hasan Salihamidzic 86’), Jonathan Zebina (Zdenek Grygera 56’), Simone Padoin (Luca Bellacastro 81’), Luca Marrone, Diego (Michele Paolucci 56’), Antonio Candreva (Simone Esposito 67’), David Trezeguet (Amauri 46’), Alessandro Del Piero (Paolo de Ceglie 56’)

Referee: Juan Carlos Rivero
Referee’s Assistants: Jason Cullum, Steven Taylor
4th Referee: Mark Geiger

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Chinn brace sees Baby Bulls past Philly in USOC prelim (updated with player ratings)

Posted on 27 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

New York Red Bulls rookie Conor Chinn has reasons to smile. Two of them, in fact, for the number of goals he scored for his team in Tuesday night’s frigid US Open Cup play-in game against the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls fielded a squad made up almost entirely of second-stringers, but still dominated the match against the Union, who played almost all starters. In the end the 2-1 scoreline did no justice to the team’s performance–probably its best of the season.

Enjoy this photo of Chinn celebrating one of his goals with teammate Andrew Boyens. Listen to Hans Backe’s postgame press conference, if you haven’t already or skip to the player ratings at the bottom of this page.

Andrew Boyens congratulates Conor Chinn on one of his goals Tuesday night ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Player Ratings

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest.

Greg Sutton 5.5
Looked a bit stiff. And there was the goal, which he should have done more to prevent. Bouna Time will return.

Luke Sassano: 7
Played well. The assist was a thing of beauty. Easily the team’s best goal of the season. Clearly has skills. Also did well after being switched to centerback though there were one or two moments late in the match where he was caught flat footed.

Carlos Mendes: 5
Didn’t make any egregious mistakes but did not look at all comfortable out there. Didn’t move well. Clearly not match fit. Would expect him to be the first player cut at this point.

Andrew Boyens: 7
Solid. Didn’t notice any crucial errors (but will probably need to see a replay of Sebastien Le Toux’ goal to be sure. Seemed to move a little better than I remember.

Danleigh Borman: 7.5
Shut his side of the field down and also provided good service to the attack. Made some nice runs. A serviceable left midfielder or left back for sure.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 5
Yeah he got an assist on the second goal but it was Stammler and Sassano (and obviously Chinn) who did the heavy lifting. Did a few things right but more often than not seemed to be holding up the flow of the team’s passing game. Also blew what would have been a 3-on-1 in the second half and had several other chances go wanting.

Seth Stammler: 8.5
Provided leadership, poise and serenity to the team’s game. A pillar in defensive midfield and additionally a lynchpin for its attacks. This would have been a completely different game without him–and not in a good way. The man of the match. Now why isn’t he starting again?

Tony Tchani: 8
After a few nervous moments in the opening minutes he came on strong. Dominated the flow of the game at times. This is a guy who has size, strength, but also solid technical ability and vision to boot. A Jozy Altidore of the midfield–if he were five or six years younger. Even so, he could be a dominant player in MLS, perhaps even soon.

Brian Nielsen: 6.5
Had some nice moves in the early going but ran out of gas. Also got a bit sloppy and generally seems to lack creativity. Perhaps that is also due to not knowing his teammates well yet. Needs to get match fit. It’ll come.

Juan Agudelo: 6
Not a bad first start but would have liked to see more of him. Seemed tentative, which it turns out was due to a knock he picked up in practice. “A collision with the goalkeeper” that had him in the hospital for stomach tests Tuesday morning. Turns out it was just badly bruised. Showed excellent ball and body control though. Will be a special player someday. Kid’s only 17, remember.

Conor Chinn: 7
The weird thing about Chinn is he does not stand out for his pace or skill on the ball or even his size–just his ability to score goals. We saw this in the preseason. He simply has a nose for goal and is able to do what it takes, whether by hook or crook, to get the ball into the net. Both goals were examples of this: him making the run, getting himself in position, then seeing the play through. Of course he also missed plenty of chances too, particularly in the second half. Should have ended up with four or five goals.

Subs:
Albright: 8
Looked very solid at right back. Defended very well. Broke up plays and stayed in front of his man. In other words: all the stuff Jeremy Hall is unable to do. Looking forward to seeing him start the San Jose game next week.

Woly: 4
Looked a bit lost. Did nothing to contribute to the team’s attack and was tentative when he did have the ball. Perhaps still nursing injuries.

Da Luz: 4
That backheel was nice but otherwise disappointed. Didn’t even seem to keep his position. Misplayed several balls. It’s hard to come into a game cold but was expecting more from him.

Garcia: N/A
Kid has pace though. Could be a good player some day.

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Match Facts

Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls, April 27, 2009
Lamar Hunt US Open play-in game

Scoring Summary
NY — Conor Chinn (unassisted) 16
NY — Conor Chinn (Sassano, Ubiparipovic) 41
PHI — Sébastien Le Toux (Arrieta) 68

Misconduct Summary
PHI — Jacobson (yellow card) 31
NY — Borman (yellow card) 66
NY — Boyens (yellow card) 81

Lineups

Philadelphia: Seitz, Salinas, Orozco, Califf, Stahl (Arrieta), Torres (Moreno), Jacobson, Okugo, Zimmerman (Miglioranizi), Mwanga, McInerney (Le Toux).

New York: Sutton, Sassano, Mendes (Albright), Boyens, Borman, Ubiparipovic (García), Stammler, Tchani, Nielsen (da Luz), Agudelo (Wolyniec), Chinn.

Attendance: 3,015

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Kandji out at least 2 months; who gets a chance to step in?

Posted on 21 April 2010 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls announced today, April 21, that midfielder/forward Macoumba Kandji would undergo foot surgery and miss 8-12 weeks. Kandji broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in training April 20 and was due for surgery at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.

The injury is a blow to the team, as Kandji started all four regular season games this season. He scored the winning goal against Seattle on March 27 in the Red Bulls’ first away win in nearly two years. Otherwise, his performances were mixed. His player ratings were 4.5 for the season opener against the Chicago Fire, 8 for the aforementioned Seattle match, 6 for the loss at Chivas on April 10 and 5.5 for Saturday’s victory over FC Dallas. This works out to an average rating of exactly 6. (Of course the ratings are entirely subjective so take them with a grain of salt if you don’t already. But for what it’s worth, his Metrofanatic.com rating, which is voted on by fans, is 5.6).

The question becomes who should step in to fill the 6’4-sized void left by Mac, who has started at both forward and left midfield this year? Have your say in the poll below. Then read our take below that.

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ASN’s take:
With the arrival of Salou Ibrahim, Kandji’s days at forward were numbered anyway. While Ibrahim has not impressed in his limited time on the pitch so far, Hans Backe has given every indication he will let the Ghanaian play his way into shape as a starter alongside Juan Pablo Angel.

That leaves left midfield, where Kandji was effectively keeping the spot warm for Brian Nielsen, who is reportedly ready to go against Philadelphia this weekend. If Nielsen isn’t ready, expect Sinisa Ubiparipovic, who has also started at left mid, to get the call against Philadelphia.

So from the looks of it, Kandji was about to be moved to the bench anyway. His presence there will surely be missed, as he can create matchup problems and provide spark as a late game substitute. But with the acquisition of Ibrahim, and the impending arrival of Nielsen, it does not really mean New York is losing a starter.

Who will take Kandji’s role on the bench then? Conor Chinn is the obvious candidate and not just because he’s of a similar stature. But Chinn has dressed for all but the very first game of the season and we expect him to continue to do so in light of today’s news. Kandji’s injury may have bought some time for John Wolyniec. Danleigh Borman will also see increased time and a regular spot in the travel squad if he doesn’t have one already. A player we’d love to see is Austin da Luz, who appears buried on the depth charts. But he should move up with Kandji out. Whether he gets a chance in a game is another matter entirely.

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Photo gallery: RBNY 5, Rutgers 0

Posted on 06 April 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls exhibition match at Army on March 29. The Red Bulls won 5-0 on goals from Conor Chinn and Irving Garcia (two each) and Juan Agudelo. Red Bulls Reader has a proper recap of the match.

A few of our favorite photos 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.

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Army 1

Posted on 30 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls exhibition match at Army on March 29. The Red Bulls won 3-1 on goals from Juan Agudelo (2x) and Conor Chinn. Red Bulls Reader has a proper recap of the match along with video highlights.

Trialist Damani Ralph also saw substantial time in the match and assisted on Agudelo’s winning goal. A previous version of this post was unable to identify the 20-year old Jamaican, who last played for Russian champions Rubin Kazan. Ralph was the 2003 MLS rookie of the year after being drafted in the first round out of the University of Connecticut by the Chicago Fire. He has been capped 18 times by the Jamaican national team.

A few of our favorite photos follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). Even more of these photos are on our Facebook page.

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Five for fighting: Red Bulls add quintet of college players in SuperDraft

Posted on 15 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York added five players to their roster at Thursday’s 2010 MLS SuperDraft, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia. New York selected University of Virginia midfielder Tony Tchani and Wake Forest University midfielder Austin Da Luz in the first round (2nd, 14th overall, respectively), Saint Louis University defender Tim Ream in the second round (18th), University of San Francisco forward Conor Chinn in the third round (34th) and University of California – Irvine midfielder/forward Irving Garcia in the fourth round (50th). Earlier in the day, New York acquired defender Chris Albright from the New England Revolution in exchange for a second round (31st overall) pick and third round (48th overall) pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

The Philadelphia Union are seen as clear winners from SuperDraft, but some pundits gave New York top marks as well. Assign the team’s draft a letter grade in the poll below:

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Part of the 2010 MLS Generation adidas class, Tchani scored eight goals and recorded four assists in 2009. The 6-4, 185-pound midfielder earned spots on the ACC All-Tournament Team, NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team and All-ACC second team. In his freshman season in 2008, Tchani earned the ACC Freshman of the Year award, garnering nine goals and three assists. The 20-year-old 2009 First Team All-American from Norfolk, VA, was a key component in Virginia’s NCAA Championship run last season. New York’s second overall pick was the highest selection it has had in the draft since 2006, when it took defender Marvell Wynne out of UCLA with the first overall pick.

Toni Tchani, the team's highest draft pick since Marvell Wynne in 2006

“My goals are first of all, to make the team, second, reach the playoffs and third, maybe win the MLS Cup,” Tchani said. “All I can say is that I will do my best for my team.”

Da Luz, 22, played four seasons at Wake Forest and was a 2009 First Team All-ACC selection. A left winger in college, Da Luz (pronounced dah-LOSE) played and started in 24 games last season, posting career-highs in goals (6) and assists (15). Over his career, the 5-10, 160-pounder from Winston-Salem, NC, featured in 83 games, scoring 11 goals and 39 assists. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Carolina Classic in 2008.

With their third pick, the Red Bulls selected the 6-1, 160-pound Ream. In his four seasons, Ream, a central defender from St. Louis, MO, played in 82 games – missing only one match in his career. During his senior season, the NSCAA Third Team All-American and three-time NSCAA First Team All Mid Atlantic Region selection recorded six goals and five assists – earning the Atlantic-10 Conference Defender of the Year award.

In the third round, New York picked Chinn, a 6-0, 180-pound forward from San Diego, CA, who was the 2008 WCC Player of the Year after scoring a career-high 17 goals. In his senior season, Chinn, 22, was a 2009 First Team All-WCC selection, tallying 10 goals and three assists. He was a two-time All-Far West Region pick and played in 76 games over four years at USF.

The Red Bulls’ final pick was Garcia, a 5-5, 140-pound 21-year-old from San Luis, AZ. Garcia was a NSCAA / Performance Subaru Third Team All-American, College Soccer News Second Team All-American and a 2008 First Team All-Big West selection. Last season, he scored eight goals and nine assists. He played 45 games in two seasons at Irvine.

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