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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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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.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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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.

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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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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: RBNY 3, Rapids 0

Posted on 28 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-0 US Open Cup win over the Colorado Rapids May 26 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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Woly does it again, notches brace as Baby Bulls trounce Rapids

Posted on 26 May 2010 by ASN Staff

John Wolyniec scored his third and fourth goals of the U.S. Open Cup qualifying campaign and the New York Red Bulls coasted to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night. With the victory the Red Bulls advances to the tournament’s third round, where they will play later this summer against a team yet to be determined.

Listen to Hans Backe’s postmatch press conference here. Be sure to check out the photo gallery from the match as well.

The Red Bulls wasted no time, taking the lead in the 11th minute after Wolyniec redirected an Irving Garcia cross past Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce. Hopefully Garcia’s start does not preclude him from starting with the “first” team when they play at New England in MLS action Saturday.

The Bulls doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime. This time it was Tony Tchani who found Wolyniec, who rifled a right-footed shot into the back of the net.

The home side settled matters 11 minutes safter the restart, this time through Conor Chinn.

Woly tees off ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Colorado Rapids 0
May 26, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup MLS Qualifying Round
Attendance: 2,637

Scoring Summary:
NY: John Wolyniec 3 (Irving Garcia 1, Sinisa Ubiparipovic 2) 11’
NY: John Wolyniec 4 (Tony Tchani 1) 43’
NY: Conor Chinn 3 (unassisted) 56’

Disciplinary Summary:
COL: Jeff Larentowicz (caution) 12’
COL: Wells Thompson (caution) 54’
NY: Seth Stammler (caution) 77’
COL: Danny Earls (red card, ejection) 86’

Lineups:

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

Substitutes not used: Bouna Coundoul, Tim Ream, Juan Pablo Angel

Colorado Rapids – Ian Joyce, Marvell Wynne, Julien Baudet (Michael Holody 53’), Drew Moor, Danny Earls (Ejected 86’), Ross LaBauex, Jeff Larentowicz (Mehdi Ballouchy 46’), Claudio Lopez, Wells Thompson (Omar Cummings 70’), Colin Clark, Quincy Amarikwa (Andre Akpan 46’)

Substitutes not used: Chris Sharpe, Scott Palguta

Referee: Niko Bratsis
Referee’s Assistants: Claudio Badea, Albert Calise
4th Referee: Lee Suckle

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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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Thierry Henry will not be available for the Crew Thursday…

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

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

So where does that leave us?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Revs 0 (US Open Cup)

Posted on 13 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-0 US Open Cup preliminary round win over the New England Revolution May 12 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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