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Lindpere's goal gives the Red Bulls 1-0 Win over Toronto

Posted on 12 August 2010 by dkarell

After four draws and one loss since their last victory, the Red Bulls finally played a full 90 and were able to hold onto a lead till the end.

And in front of the home fans for the first time since beating Man. City 2-1 on July 25, the Red Bulls gave their fans a much needed win.

With Toronto F.C. breathing down New York’s back in the standings, last nights game was important from the onset.

Toronto came out of the gates strong, pressing the Red Bulls, and really controlling possession for the first 15 minutes or so.

But in the 23rd minute, just seconds after a no-call on what seemed to be a trip in the box on Thierry Henry, Joel Lindpere scored his second goal of the season and gave the Red Bulls the 1-0 lead.

Despite not getting the penalty call, Henry, with the ball just outside the box, showed some classy skills to get around three defenders before laying the ball off to teammate Seth Stammler. Stammler took a touch, and then looped a beautiful pass right over the defensive line, and into the run of Lindpere. Lindpere side-volleyed the shot on his first touch into the net, and sent the crowd of 19,035 into cheers.

As the game wore on, the game became more and more chippy, especially when Toronto D.P. Miguel Mista was substituted into the match for the injured Chad Barrett in the 33rd minute.

Mista and Albright got into a bit of a shoving match, as did Tim Ream and Toronto F.C. captain Dwayne DeRosario. But referee Ricardo Salazar did a good job to keep emotions in check all night.

Starting his first match of the season due to Bouna Coundoul being away on international duty, Greg Sutton got a clean sheet against his former club. He did well to save the few chances he had, but the defensive tandom of Tim Ream and Carlos Mendes were fantastic against Mista and DeRosario all night, defending well, and passing out of the back to start Red Bull attacks whenever they could.

In the second half, Toronto F.C. head coach Preki brought in two more forwards into the match to try and find a goal. O’Brian White and Fuad Ibrahim were stopped by the strong Red Bull defense whenever they attacked, and despite a few nervy moments at the end, the Red Bulls kept their cool and kept the clean sheet for the victory and three points.

With the win, the Red Bulls stay in second place in the Eastern Conference, five points ahead of Toronto, and six points behind first place Columbus.

The Red Bulls are set to face the first place Los Angeles Galaxy and Landon Donovan this Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

Match Facts:

Toronto FC 0, at New York Red Bulls 1

Red Bull Arena

Attendance: 19,035

Toronto FC (7-7-5)

New York Red Bulls (9-6-4)

Scoring Summary:

NY — Joel Lindpere 2 (Seth Stammler 1, Thierry Henry 3) 23

Misconduct Summary:

TOR — Julian de Guzman (caution; Reckless Foul) 56
TOR — Mista (caution; Dissent) 94+

Toronto FC — Stefan Frei, Maksim Usanov, Nana Attakora, Adrian Cann, Nick Garcia, Jacob Peterson (O’Brian White 65), Joseph Nane (Fuad Ibrahim 76), Julian de Guzman, Nick LaBrocca, Dwayne De Rosario, Chad Barrett (Mista 33).
Substitutes Not Used: Gabe Gala, Ty Harden, Raivis Hscanovics, Jon Conway.

New York Red Bulls — Greg Sutton, Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Danleigh Borman, Macoumba Kandji (Salou Ibrahim 81), Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Juan Pablo Angel (Carl Robinson 89), Thierry Henry (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Boyens, Austin Da Luz, Mike Petke, Chris Sharpe.

Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Referee’s Assistants: -Thomas Supple; Bill Dittmar

4th Official: Andrew Chapin

Time of Game: 1:53

Weather: Cloudy-and-80-degrees

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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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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 12 July 2010 by dkarell

After a long break (for the World Cup of course) The Good, The Bad, The Red and The Dead is back in action! This is the 10th edition of everyone’s favorite column. This week we will be focusing on the 0-0 draw from Red Bull Arena between the Red Bulls and D.C. United.

The Good:

The Red Bulls didn’t lose, and players like Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Joel Lindpere had their moments, and Tim Ream was very solid in the back. Mac Kandji also played 15 minutes in his return from a broken foot that kept him off the field for nearly three months,

And we cant forget about Thursday, when the Red Bulls are set to announce their 2nd DP (probably the worst kept secret in MLS history, Thierry Henry).

The Bad:
The Red Bulls were sloppy all night long in the final third, constantly wasting good buildup play from the midfield by turning the ball over carelessly. The defense was shaky at times, and D.C. had plenty of chances to score in the box, if not for some desperate defending.

The Red:
Something to keep an eye on for sure is if the Red Bulls get a playmaking midfielder with their 3rd DP player, and GM Erik Soler has said he is looking to sign a third DP. In the game, Juan Pablo Angel and Salou Ibrahim
had trouble all match receiving a pass without having to run into the midfield to receive the ball. Joel Lindpere and Seth Stammler were ineffective in spreading the play around on a consistent basis, and the offense sputtered as a result.

The Dead:
Brian Nielsen’s new Mohawk hairdo…..nuff said.
-Dan Karell

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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.

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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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Player Ratings: RBNY 1, Chivas USA 0

Posted on 06 June 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls defeated Chivas USA 1-0 in the last MLS match before the World Cup break for both teams. It was a lethargic affair from two very tired teams, punctuated only by Seth Stammler’s highlight goal, occasional roughhousing and questionable refereeing decisions (or non-decisions). Here ASN’s player rankings for the victorious Red Bulls:

Bouna Condoul: 5
Caught badly out of position on an early chance by Chivas but was bailed out by the cross bar. Speaking of which, he still does not appear to have a clue about playing the position of goalkeeper. It didn’t cost the team this time, because Chivas were anemic, but it’s a major stretch to say he’s making any improvements in this glaring weakness in his game.

Chris Albright: 7
Held his ground very well at right back, shutting down whatever activity there was on that side of the field. Was vocal directing the younger players in front of him and helping the team keep its shape–a vital factor against a possession team like Chivas. Also did a decent job of crossing the ball into the box, though a few of his long balls were taken in haste when he might have had better options. Had a few promising overlapping runs. Generally ran a lot. It’s great to see him this active and spry.

Carlos Mendes: 9
If it weren’t for a certain game-winning goal, he would be man of the match, hands down. As is his rating is one of if not the highest any Red Bulls player has received this season. Not only played his position perfectly, but also had the wherewithal to cover for others’ mistakes (most notably Tim Ream’s). His tackles ended several Chivas attacks. Excellent performance. His career may have legs after all. Have to consider him the starter at this position at this point.

Tim Ream: 5
Was badly beaten on two occasions in the first half, both likely would have led to shots on goal (if not goals themselves) had Mendes not astutely covered him. Was not very good at distributing the ball either. But recovered nicely at the end of the first half (terrific tackle on Justin Braun in what could have been a Chivas break in minute 39) and in the second half to earn an even grade.

Danleigh Borman: 6
Worked hard and with effect. Several nice tackles disrupted Chivas’ game, or what passed for one. Did an excellent job dispossessing Justin Braun on a first-half chance by Chivas. On the other side of the ball, too many of his passes were not well-placed and led to turnovers. Otherwise he could have had a higher grade.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic (off 12′): N/A
What he showed before his first half injury was very promising; some terrific dribbles into the Chivas defensive third and nice passes into space. Among Bulls players who were on the team before this year, he may be the most pleasant surprise.

Tony Tchani: 7
Appeared more comfortable at left wing, where he created all kind of havoc before moving over to take Ubiparipovic’ spot on the right. Either that or he just ran himself ragged in the opening minutes. But with a 1-0 lead he didn’t need to run as hard or seek to create as many chances as he did in a tied game. Did very well with the balls that were sent his way, playing clever passes into space and hardly (never?) turning the ball over.

Seth Stammler: 8
His superb goal obviously carries a lot of weight in this rating, but Stammler played an all-around strong game. Was active on both sides of the pitch. Distributed the ball well. His few turnovers were caused by pressure more than lackadaisical play.

Roy Miller (on 12′): 6
More active than he has been, with a few nicely-timed tackles and good runs. But still need to see a lot more of him. Lent a measure of stability to the team. Perhaps better as a left back?

Joel Lindpere: 6
The Estonian Express has clearly been running on fumes the past couple of weeks. Part of that is no doubt due to the weather, which he has said to dislike. That said, there were a few nice runs in the first half. On one of these Angel didn’t have the legs to run onto a perfectly-placed pass into space. How Angel managed to find blame in Lindpere for this is beyond me, but that’s exactly what happened, if facial expressions are to be believed. Did well on free kicks in the second. Too bad he ran out of steam.

John Wolyniec: 4
The Staten Island Ronaldinho was largely invisible other than to trip up or demonstrate just how out of tune he was with his teammates. Okay there was also a golden opportunity he had in the first half that was deflected by an astute Martin Trujillo.

Juan Pablo Angel: 3
More of what we’ve come to expect: bickering at teammates, drifting back into midfield, not making runs in the attacking end, a weak first touch, zero mobility, turning the ball over virtually every time he touched it. Other than that he was great. As long as he continues to bail out the team with injury time freekicks we can kind of justify a spot for him in the starting 11. And oh yeah, he was offside on that late goal that was called off.

Salou Ibrahim (on 66′): 3
Did more to hinder the team’s attack than support it. Sure it isn’t easy coming into a game as a substitute but this was pretty weak.

Mike Petke (on 89′): N/A
In the postgame press conference (links to audio recording), Hans Backe said he held Petke out because of fatigue, not performance. This would be more believable if he weren’t the only starter to be given a rest of this type.

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Photo Gallery: RBNY 2, Dynamo 1

Posted on 06 June 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls dramatic, last-minute win over Houston Dynamo on June 2 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.

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Player ratings: RBNY 2, Houston Dynamo 1

Posted on 03 June 2010 by ASN Staff

The Red Bulls pulled off quite the dramatic win last night. After missing several opportunities to seal the game, and nearly letting their dominance of the Dynamo slip through the cracks on Brian Ching’s game tying goal, they were able to regroup and find a way to their sixth win of the season on the leg of their team Captain, Juan Pablo Angel. Click here for the initial match report). But the fact is, the game could have been sealed and delivered long before that strike found its way to the back of the net. And a closer look at the individuals involved brings that to light.

Here are last night’s player ratings:

BOUNA COUNDOUL: 7.5

Bouna wasn’t forced to make any dramatic saves. Even so, he was solid in the air, using his hands to secure and deflect dangerous crosses throughout the match. His positioning was some of the best the team has seen of him this season, and he provided a steady basis for the defenders to work off of.

CHRIS ALBRIGHT: 8

Playing his first 90 minutes all season, Albright immediately showed his worth on the right side. He played a solid game, subduing Houston’s biggest threats in Brad Davis and Brian Mullan throughout the night. His greatest contribution? An alert strike back in the box from a deflected set piece that found the leg of Sinisa Ubiparipovic for the games first strike.

MIKE PETKE: 7

Petke did a fantastic job of shadowing Brian Ching throughout the game, but was nowhere to be found on the forwards lone goal. It can be argued that the big Hawaiin was offsides, but leaving a man of his repertoire unmarked is a recipe for disaster. Still, Petke helped shut down the forwards with his physical play, and was an enforcer when Angel was brutally tackled and retaliation was needed. Unfortunately, that retaliation lead to yet another yellow for Petke, causing an immediate expulsion for the Chivas game (hence the lower rating).

TIM REAM: 7

Ream played the finesse role to Petke’s tough man act. He was calm and confident on the ball, which has become his MO throughout his young career, and was excellent in setting up the first pass in the build up to counter attacks. But, as with Petke, he was nowhere to be found on that Brian Ching goal, and that is what cost him.

DANLEIGH BORMAN: 7

Borman continues to impress with a new found patience and confidence on the ball. His tackles were perfectly timed, and his ability to set up breaking passes on the attack yielded results.

DANE RICHARDS: N/A

Richards lone highlight was a near perfect cross to Angel that was barely cleared out by Eddie Robinson in the box. Minutes later, he pulled up lame with a strained hamstring. Dane came into the game with a knock, and Backe was wary of risking further in injury to his speedy winger.

SETH STAMMLER: 5

Starting once again on the left hand side, Stammler looked completely lost. And had it not been for a transition in mid game back to the central defensive midfield slot, his rating may have shot down even lower. Backe was clearly frustrated with his wing play, calling on Stammler on various occasions to the sideline to bark instructions at the out of place midfielder. His shots were errant, flying wide from absurd distances, and his distribution caused various turnovers. He only settled down when he was back in his natural defensive midfield position, where he played the heavy on many Dynamo attacks (which is his bread and butter).

SINISA UBIPARIPOVIC: 8

After so much hard work put in all season long, Sinisa found the back of the net in a well deserved goal (his first of the season). His growth, whether at the midfield slot or on the far right, has been outstanding, with his patience on the ball, dribbling ability and overall confidence permeating through his game. Another solid performance.

JOEL LINDPERE: 5

Clearly, Joel was not at 100%. Even so, Lindpere drove the ball well earlyand distributed well in the midfield slot. His crosses proved very effective early on, and his set piece deliveries in particular were strong, but once he suffered the leg contusion, Backe made the decision to pull him in the 47th.

JOHN WOLYNIEC: 7

Wolyniec is a hustler, and deserved a goal. As a matter of fact, his cross bar clanking shot was all on the back of his hard work and relentlessness. He was even able to beat his defender on various occasions to create dangerous opportunities up, top so much so that he was continuously hacked throughout the game. A prototypical Wolyniec performance on his 100th MLS start.

JUAN PABLO ANGEL: 8

What a difference 2 seconds can make. Up to that set piece game winner, Juan Pablo Angel was clearly wearing the goat horns. He could not beat Pat Onstad on two separate one on one situations, wasted various plays with poor distribution to attacking forwards and midfielders, was stoic early on in his play, and stiff in his deliveries. But all of that is erased with one shot on goal. Make no mistake about it; only Juan Pablo Angel can bury a shot like that. And a shot like that can overshadow all the bad that came before it.

SUBS:

CONOR CHINN: N/A (but encouraging)

Chinn came into the game at the 83rd minute, and almost immediately found himself on the end of a beautiful set piece cross that he was perfectly positioned to act upon. Conor has a natural ability to predict the path of a dangerous ball and put himself into position to make something happen. Of course, he didn’t do much in the waning minutes, but it is always encouraging to see a rookie have that kind of presence of mind.

TONY TCHANI: 7

Tonight, the Bulls saw a side of Tony Tchani they haven’t seen since his acquisition to the team; offensive threat. With Dane Richards down and Joel Lindpere falling to a leg contusion, Backe gave Tchani the green light to put high pressure and go on the attack. His deceptive speed and distributors touch lead to many a dangerous opportunity for the team, and helped keep the Dynamo on their heels.

JEREMY HALL: 6

Though he was able to cover on the left hand side, Hall wasted away plenty of possession opportunities late in the game with wild clearances up field instead of trying to hold on to the ball and look for the open man. He was effective, and at times, was able to push the ball forward, but his inability to patiently handle the ball when the team needed possession could have cost him.

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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 17 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Welcome to the eighth 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’ 1-0 defeat to Seattle on Saturday. To see an explanation of these terms (Good, Bad, Red, Dead) skip to the bottom of this page.

The Good:
Danleigh Borman. After some difficulties in the opening minutes he got more comfortable as the game wore on. His goalline save, where he bailed out Bouna Condoul, was class.

Carl Robinson may just be a serviceable midfielder after all. Had his best game as a Red Bull. Granted that isn’t saying much but we’ll take what we can get. Little victories.

Jeremy Hall actually had a decent defensive game. For whatever reason Seattle chose not to have Steve Zakuani attack his part of the field. The few times they did it went nowhere.

The Bad:
Juan Pablo Angel. I’ve said it before: This guy can’t move. But it goes beyond that. He can no longer play his role as target striker. Instead he is caught in some kind of existential struggle to redefine his position. This is why you see him in midfield where (presumably) his body takes less of a pounding and where he does not have to engage defenders (even slow ones like Leo Gonzalez) in foot races. Except, this just causes more problems for the actual guys playing midfield. Specifically, it makes Joel Lindpere’s job much more difficult as he suddenly has to compete for balls with Angel and has less space to operate. Lindpere, lest we forget, is the team’s best and only midfield attacking weapon at this point. Yeah, we know, Angel isn’t getting the service he needs and deserves, particularly from the wings. But forwards also have to create chances for themselves by making runs and creating space. Angel does not appear capable of either at this point in his career. That’s a shame, but it has gotten to the point where it is dragging the rest of the team down as well. And oh yeah, his attitude, at least as displayed in his very visible body language during games, is not doing him any favors either. Instead of bitching about lack of service, how about starting a run to create a passing lane for somebody? Oh right, he can’t run. Then sit yourself on the bench. This is not the time or the place to redefine yourself as a midfielder. Unfortunately, with injuries to Macoumba Kandji and now Salou Ibrahim there are few realistic alternatives at striker.

Bouna Condoul had another horrible game. By sheer luck (and Danleigh Borman) he didn’t cost the team any goals, though he probably should have done better with Freddy Montero’s shot that ended up in the net.

Dane Richards was largely invisible except when he was giving the ball to the opposition and doing his best to turn scoring chances into exercises in futility.

The Red
There are a few potential flashpoints on this roster that deserve our attention in the coming weeks. One is obviously striker, where Angel appears incapable of positive contributions. But Angel isn’t going anywhere and not only because he’s the captain of the team. There just aren’t any other options at striker. Conor Chinn has serious weaknesses as we saw vs. New England, Kandji is out, John Wolyniec will probably need to take Salou’s place and that’s about it without getting Osorio-an.

At this point the goalkeeper position may be the team’s most glaring issue. Condoul has had his chance. Several of them, in fact. He still can’t position himself, can barely take goal kicks and does way too many bonehead things. But here too there is no real competition. Greg Sutton has done very little to prove he is at all reliable and there are no other goalies on the roster at present. It sure would be nice to have a guy like Jon Busch, wouldn’t it? Surely the second division has goalkeepers who can do better than either one on the New York Red Bulls’ roster at present. Please sign one or two. Or go to Europe if you absolutely need to. Just do something, please.

Dane Richards was taken out of the game pretty early, the first indication that Hans Backe might not be happy with his play. Will we see somebody else start at right midfield Thursday? Let’s hope so because Dane Richards doesn’t belong in MLS at this point.

Speaking of Backe, what was he doing playing Seth Stammler at left midfield in a home game? And why did he play Brian Nielsen as a forward, much less on the right side? Yes, we are now questioning Backe’s decisions. Well, it was inevitable.

The traffic/transportation situation to and from Red Bull Arena came back to bite the team. I’m not faulting the authorities for doing what they need to when situations involving suspicious packages and the like arise. But there are simply no contingency plans to deal with these type of issues. The area around Red Bull Arena not only lacks parking but appears to be a giant bottleneck. This was not the last time something like this will happen either. It doesn’t have to be a suspicious package. Debris on the track, electrical issues, “sick” passengers and any number of other issues can cut off the lone line of rail access from Manhattan to Harrison. With that, the team loses potential fans and its efforts to grow the sport in the area take a giant step back.

The Dead
The idea that Bouna Condoul and Dane Richards can be starters needs to be quashed.

Seth Stammler at left midfield. Never again, please.

Juan Pablo Angel as creative attacking midfielder. Unless he wants to try it in practice first.

We don’t want to see him die but Tyrone Marshall is a punk thug who should get a lifetime ban for all the things he has already done. Most recent example: After getting a yellow card Saturday he responded with an obscene gesture to display his outrage. Never mind the fact that Marshall probably should have been thrown out of the game for trying to play referee and cop and being a general wanker on the previous play. The gesture was caught on camera. It was in plain sight, though the referee had his head turned slightly. That should have been a second yellow card and automatic expulsion.

More ASN coverage of the match

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference audio

Mike Petke makes his feelings known on the match

Player ratings

Photo gallery

Red Bull New York statement re: PATH station

Discuss the game on our forum, where you can also share your stories from the PATH fiasco.

Explanation of terms

The Good – Should speak for itself. Players, formations, strategies, substitutions and other things that “looked good” for whatever reason (but not aesthetically. We don’t care about players’ hairstyles and the like).

The Bad – Opposite of good. Who and what looked lousy and why.

The Red – Things that have us concerned. Primarily individual play but could also be strategies, (lack of) substitutions and putting players at positions they have no business occupying (though that practice thankfully appears done with the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio).

The Dead – Players, schemes or strategies that deserve to be put out to pasture.

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Player ratings: Sounders 1, RBNY 0

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls lost their first home game of the season Saturday night, succumbing to the Seattle Sounders by a 1-0 score. The decisive goal came in the 85th minute off the foot of Fredy Montero. It was an all-around disappointing performance by the Red Bulls, who despite what some players might say did not do enough to win. Here are the individual player ratings.

Bouna Condoul: 3
Sometimes you know after one play the type of game a player is going to have. Coundoul, whose psyche appears more fragile than others’ at times, is one of those players. (Why you want a guy like that tending your goal is another question entirely). Here the play in question came in the very first minute of play, when he handled the ball outside of the 18-yard box. Looked incredibly shaky on crosses and there was that one play where he was bailed out by Danleigh Borman. He’s taking his goal kicks now, but not to much improved effect. Can also fault him for being out of position on the goal, though Mike Petke is clearly the greater culprit. Well, him and the referee for calling the decisive free kick in the first place.

Jeremy Hall: 6
Actually seemed to keep Steve Zakuani in check. Or did Seattle not try to launch Zakuani? Hard to say, but give Hall credit for holding his ground when he was called on. Did little for the team’s attack, which can be expected with the confusion Richards and Angel were creating. But had a chance to make a cross late in the half and did so poorly, playing it long where only Kasey Keller could catch it. Was excellent late in the game. Something to build on, perhaps. Which is more than you can say about just about any of his teammates.

Mike Petke: 5.5
Largely solid until the deciding play of the game, though did not look good on a first half chance where Zakuani narrowly missed the far corner of the goal. But should have done a lot better against Montero on the goal. Of course that’s easier said than done; Montero was fresh, just 10 minutes after entering. Petke was tired. A fresh Petke might have made the play. And he’s what, 10 years older than Montero? Also Condoul did him no favors on the play.

Tim Ream: 6
Played his position well, did a good job cleaning up the Red Bulls’ defense, passed the ball well; in short it was the type of performance we have come to appreciate from the rookie. Went a long way toward proving the performance at San Jose was a fluke. Well done.

Danleigh Borman: 6.5
Was beaten by Nyassi several times in the first half and stumbled when he should have launched Angel right on the stroke of halftime. But terrific effort recovering a Condoul mishap early in the second half. And did well later in the second also, keeping the underwear model in check and largely shutting his side of the field down.

Dane Richards: 3
Few “Dane being Dane” moments (when he puts his head down and sprints to the endline) but that does not mean he had a good match. Far from it, in fact. Turned over a ball early on that led to a Seattle counter-attack that was broken up at the last moment by Borman probably getting away with a foul on the former underwear model. Later took a ball away from Robinson that the Welshman could have fired on (if not into) goal. Decision-making questionable or worse. Didn’t contribute anything to the team’s attack and didn’t do much for its defense either.

Carl Robinson: 5.5
His best game as a New York Red Bull. Positioned himself well, made some key tackles, even had a few nice passes. Others were badly taken, however and a few of these could have launched attacks had they been on the money. Also should have been more on the spot on the decisive free kick, but then it was a questionable call to begin with.

Joel Lindpere: 5.5
Had some excellent moments in the first half, then disappeared, only to resurface in the 70th minute when he dove trying to draw a penalty. Yes it was a dive, though there was a little contact. Having re-watched the play on video, I can now make a more definitive assessment than I made on Twitter. Would have liked to see more of him. This is a common complaint about the Estonian Express, though the formation in the second half seemed to confuse a lot of people, him included.

Seth Stammler: 4
Granted left midfield is not his preferred position, but this effort was insufficient. His offensive forays were frankly pathetic. But again: attacking is not his game. Have to question the decision to play him at this position in a home match. Surely there were better options, even if it meant moving Lindpere out there and starting, say Tony Tchani in Lindpere’s spot.

Salou Ibrahim: 3
Looked lost. What was with the breakaway in the first half where he held up to square the ball? Don’t you try to rush to goal in those situations? Didn’t do anywhere near enough before leaving the match shortly after halftime. Hopefully his injury isn’t serious. Otherwise we could be seeing John Wolyniec or Conor Chinn in his spot.

Juan Pablo Angel: 2
His mobility is about nil at this point, so why is he running all over the pitch? Showed up at very strange positions, which may have contributed to Ibrahim’s confusion (see above). Spent a lot of time complaining about service, but didn’t make any runs other than to track back into midfield where his presence was about as welcome as an illegitimate child at Easter dinner. Quickly turning into a pathetic figure, hobbling around with what appear to be backpains (or something) trying to direct traffic and complaining to refs and teammates alike. (In fairness he had some valid complaints, particularly with Dane Richards). But things are going to come to a head soon on this. They’re going to have to. More on that in the Good, Bad, Dead, Red column tomorrow.

Substitutes:
Brian Nielsen: 5

Had a few good runs toward the end of the match but could have done a lot more. Obviously struggled to fit into the second forward spot and looked pathetic throwing himself onto the ground in search for a call. MLS refs are bad, but they aren’t that bad. And they’ll err on the side of playing on, too.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 4.5
Saw a lot of the ball after entering for Dane Richards, but did little with it. A few times made completely errant passes. Did have a nice cross that Nielsen should have done more with, however.

Tony Tchani: N/A

Did not play anywhere near enough (three minutes plus stoppage) to generate a rating.

More ASN coverage of the match

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference audio

Mike Petke makes his feelings known on the match

Photo gallery

Red Bull New York statement re: PATH station

Discuss the game on our forum, where you can also share your stories from the PATH fiasco.

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