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Game #3 Preview: Philadelphia at Los Angeles

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

If Houston was tough, Los Angeles should be tougher. The Galaxy are coming off their worst defeat in recent memory and should be itching to make a statement. The Union will be their test case. Both teams are looking to jumpstart an impressive array of offensive threats (Angel, Donovan, Beckham vs. Mwanga, Ruiz, and Le Toux) but, and it seems surreal to say this, the Union head to Los Angeles with a firm defensive advantage. Can Mondragon and company hold the fort until the Union attack awakens or will the Galaxy, stunned by Real Salt Lake, return to 2010 form first?

Philadelphia Union (2-0-0) at Los Angeles Galaxy (1-1-1)
Home Depot Center, Carson, CA, 10:30PM EST

Philadelphia’s Probable Starting XI

————————-Mondragon————————-

Williams———Califf————-Valdes———Harvey

——————-Miglioranzi——Carroll—————–

Le Toux—————-Nakazawa—————–Mwanga

——————————Ruiz——————————

QUESTIONABLE: MF Justin Mapp (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Carlos Valdes (R ankle sprain); DF Danny Califf (L knee meniscus)

Los Angeles’ Probable Starting XI

——————————Saunders—————————-

Franklin———DeLaGarza——–Leonardo——Dunivant

Beckham———-Birchall———-Juninho——–Donovan

———————-Barrett———–Angel———————

OUT: DF Gregg Berhalter (L knee MCL sprain); FW Adam Cristman (L knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: GK Donovan Ricketts (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Omar Gonzalez (R shoulder sprain)

Notes:

There are a couple ways to look at Saturday’s game in Los Angeles. The Galaxy could either be down and out after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Real Salt Lake or they could be ready to right the wrongs of a game that simply got out of their hands. Our guess, with guys like Landon Donovan and Juan Pablo Angel leading the way, is that they’ll be amped. If the Union are going to avenge their 3-1 loss at the Home Depot Center they’ll have to continue and even improve upon their defensive strengths. Mondragon should really get tested this game so it’ll be interesting to really see him under fire.

It only took 53 seconds for AJ DeLaGarza to score the first goal in last year’s match-up. The Galaxy dealt with that same issue in last weekend’s loss to Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake was up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes and didn’t look back from there. One huge positive for the Union is that Edson Buddle, scorer of 3 goals out of 4 vs. the Union last season, was snapped up by Inglostadt in the German 2.Bundesliga. The bad news? Buddle was replaced by MLS veteran goalscorer Juan Pablo Angel. Chad Barrett is another addition for the Galaxy that could pose a problem. He’s well known for the amount of sitters he inexplicably misses but from time to time, he connects.

The Galaxy’s defense has looked subpar as of late and if Le Toux, Ruiz, and Mwanga can build upon their developing chemistry, they could break it again. Los Angeles, however, could get a defensive boost from the return of starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from injury. Josh Saunders has filled in well but Ricketts provides that “unbeatable” quality when he’s up for a game. Centerback Omar Gonzalez may still have to miss Saturday.

Piotr Nowak, in Wednesday’s press conference, named numerous players that could potentially be out or play a limited role in Saturday’s match-up. Justin Mapp is almost certainly out while other names in the walking wounded include defensive stalwarts Carlos Valdes and Danny Califf.

Right on the heels of Saturday’s game vs. Los Angeles is the first Open Cup qualifier vs. DC United at the Maryland SoccerPlex. One can expect on April 6th a blend of starters and reserve players as the Union look to get at least one step farther than last season in qualifying process. In 2010, Nowak used a mixed squad but the team failed to really show up in New York dropping a disappointing 2-1 loss.

Several Union starts spent signficant time with the Galaxy in the past – Carlos Ruiz had some of his best years with Los Angeles winning a MLS Cup alongside an impressive Danny Califf in 2002, Stefani Miglioranzi featured in the midfield at the dawn of the Beckham era. How about former Union players? If Donovan Ricketts isn’t ready to start and Josh Saunders continues in net, former third string Union keeper Brian Perk will most likely back him up.

It’s early but this is still nice to read – the Union are leading the Eastern Conference for the first time in club history, after having won back-to-back shutouts for the first time. Two Union players, Carlos Valdes and Brian Carroll, found their way onto ASN’s Best XI for Week Two. Not bad. Brian Carroll made Major League Soccer’s Best XI as well.

Two Union youngsters featured for US U-20 MNT earlier this week. Zac MacMath had a quiet game in net as the U-20s beat up on Suriname 4-0. Amobi Okugo started and picked up a yellow card. The Union will move on to play Panama in the final group match-up this Saturday at 6:00pm EST (therefore they will be missing this match as well).

In the Union Firsts Contest standings, E. Frysinger leads with FIVE points, Reaser is close behind with FOUR points, and several are in third with THREE points. 9/15 questions have been answered. They are vying for a $50 e-gift card to PhiladelphiaUnionStore.com.

In case you missed it, head over the Union’s website to check out the Pledge Program, “Union Fans Assist”.

Predict the Scoreline:

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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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Johnson saves the game for the Fire; Red Bulls play to scorless tie

Posted on 14 August 2010 by dkarell

With all the light bulbs flashing in the stands, and the five designated players dazzling with their skills on the field, it was a rookie goalkeeper who spun the highlight reel and shined the brightest of them all.

Chicago Fire’s Sean Johnson, making just his second career start, made several huge saves in the last 20 minutes of the match to keep the clean sheet.

The New York Red Bulls failed to score a goal, despite having Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry, Mac Kandji, and new signing Rafa Marquez all on the field at the same time.

For Chicago, it was Freddie Ljungberg’s first start for the club, and eventually, after being brought into the game in the second half, the debut for new signing Nery Castillo.

Chicago began the game with plenty of posession, taking advantage of the consistantly out of place Red Bull midfield to launch attacks upfield.

Ljungberg played like a man posessed, making strong runs through the middle of the field, and early on being the focal point of the offense.

However, the Red Bull defensive line stayed strong, and were able to repel many of the early Fire attacks.

After twenty minutes, Thierry Henry had his first chance of the game for the Red Bulls, dribbling past a couple of defenders, but his shot on goal was week and went right to Johnson.

Towards the end of the first half, Chicago had a great chance to take the lead. Brian McBride took advantage of Tim Ream, who was caught up field and out of position, as he dribbled in towards goal. McBride saw the forward run from Ljungberg, and played him a through ball. But Ljungberg was unable to get a shot off, as the bouncing pass deflected off of his shin and out of play.

After Thierry Henry left the match in the 45th minute, due to muscle cramps, his replacement Dane Richards made an immediate impact.

Marquez played a long through ball on the ground into the box, and Richards was able to beat his man and race onto the ball. His quickly played pass through the box missed everyone though, and the Red Bulls had to settle for a 0-0 scoreline at the half.

In the second half, the Red Bulls began to control the game more, using more possession, and being patient on the attack.

In the 68th minute, Johnson made his first of many huge saves, when Juan Pablo Angel’s quick strike from just outside of the left side of the box was sizzling towards the near post, before being parried away.

With the Red Bulls holding the momentum, and looking for a win, coach Hans Backe brought in Salou Ibrahim in the 80th minute to try and get the game’s first goal. This set up an epic final ten minutes of the match.

Johnson made a name for himself, saving a shot from Seth Stammler, a terrific volley off a corner kick from Tim Ream, and a header from Angel, all in the span of a couple of minutes.

In the end, the Red Bulls and Fire settled for the 0-0 draw, though it was by no means a boring match.

The draw hurts New York though, who has not won a game in MLS play since June 26, a 3-0 win at Kansas City. Since then, they have recorded four draws and a loss.

The Red Bulls shake off the dust quickly, as they head back to Red Bull Arena to face Toronto F.C. on Wednesday, August 11.

Match Facts

Scoring Summary:

None

Discipline Summary:

CHI – Baggio Husidic (Yellow Card) 31’
NYRB – Tim Ream (Yellow Card) 32’
NYRB – Carlos Mendes (Yellow Card) 80

Lineups:

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Dasan Robinson (Steven Kinney, 59’), C.J. Brown, Wilman Conde, Krzystof Krol; Marco Pappa (Deris Umanzor, 92’), Logan Pause Baggio Husidic, Mike Banner; Freddie Ljungberg; Brian McBride (C) (Nery Castillo, 56’)

New York Red Bulls: Bouna Coundoul; Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller; Rafael Marquez (Seth Stammler, 61’), Tony Tchani (Salou Ibrahim, 80’), Joel Lindpere, Macoumba Kandji; Thierry Henry (Dane Richards, 45’), Juan Pablo Angel

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Daniel Belleau; James Conlee
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear and 85 degrees
Attendance: 21,868

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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 04 August 2010 by dkarell

This past week, with the spotlight on Texas, the Red Bull’s players put on a show. In the 2010 MLS All Star Game last Wednesday, Juan Pablo Angel had a solid 45 minutes in the first half before being substituted, and Thierry Henry made his MLS debut last Saturday in the match against the Houston Dynamo. In this 13th edition of the column, we will focus on the 2-2 draw with Houston, as well as the recent signing of Rafael Marquez.

The Good: With Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel finally together, the Red Bull’s attack was more dangerous than seen in quite some time. Henry assisted on both of Angel’s goals, and should have had two of his own, though his finishing was off all day. Expect to see plenty of goals with these two playing as strikers and providers for each other and their teammates. Also, the Red Bulls signed an unprecedented third designated player, Mexico captain Rafa Marquez, to a three and a half year contract, through the 2013 season. Marquez will shore up any potential chinks in the back line, and will most likely be played by coach Hans Backe in a defensive midfield role.

The Bad: Despite being up a man for the whole second half of the match against Houston, the Red Bulls were unable to hold their lead, or add to it. Juan Pablo Angel’s goal was a fantastic strike, but after that, despite close chances, the Red Bulls were unable to put any away, and they missed out on picking up more points on the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew, who lost over the weekend to Chivas USA. The Red Bulls are currently in second place, down seven points from the Crew, with a game in hand.

The Red: Before I wrote this article, I was going to say that the backline, and defensive focus was a big issue recently, but I think that Rafa Marquez will help shore that up. His leadership should help raise the games of his teammates, and hopefully he will provide the squad with plenty of possession. Hopefully this is also the end of the Carl Robinson experiment. He has been oft injured, and when playing, not looking very good on offense or defense. He is usually invisible during matches.

The Dead: Clint Mathis today announced his retirement today, saying that this weekend’s game between his Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Madrid will be his final match. Mathis was one of the first American super star soccer players, and his career in New York was nothing short of superb. Mathis played five seasons with the Metrostars/Red Bulls, finishing with 45 goals in all competitions, including five in one game against the Dallas Burn in 2000. The Red Bulls have announced they plan to make a tribute to his career.

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Seventeen

Posted on 03 August 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Week Seventeen was ripe with storylines, transactions and debuts, upsets and speculation. One thing is for sure, however. There are fewer people out there denying the potency of the Henry-Angel link after this past weekend. Rightfully so as it was one of those two who took home ASN’s Player of the Week. It was a mixed debut for Thierry Henry but the same can’t be said about Chicago’s Sean Johnson. The youngster was Man of the Match in a surprising 3-2 win over league leaders Los Angeles. Highlight of the week most certainly went to Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux who is quickly throwing his name into the mix for Major League Soccer MVP.

GK: Sean Johnson, Chicago – 7.5

Move over Andrew Dykstra, it’s pretty clear rookie Sean Johnson is going to yank the position from right under you. Johnson looked comfortable and willing to take a few chances in Chicago’s 3-2 outlasting of Los Angeles. Donovan’s 2 penalty conversions were the only ones that got by him. The youngster was busy in the second half, succeeding in preserving the three points.

DEF: Patrick Ianni, Seattle – 7.5

San Jose was kept quiet by an organized Sounder defense in which Ianni was front and center. Ianni has been at the core of a refocused group of Seattle defenders that has given the likes of Blaise N’Kufo and Fredy Montero a real shot at winning every game. Their last three league games have been wins with only goal let up and they have the chance to put Metapan away tonight in El Salvador.  

DEF: Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake – 8

Olave continues to solidify himself as the best defender in this league, helping his RSL teammates shut down a desperate D.C. United attack. It was an important win for the defending champions to close out an otherwise unfulfilling July. Olave leads a backline that rarely ever breaks down in the same fashion that the Galaxy’s back four has recently. And that itself says something.

DEF: George John, FC Dallas – 8

An Atiba Harris handball unraveled a possible 1-0 shutout for the Hoops but John once again should he is a bit beyond his years with a fine performance vs. the Colorado Rapids. John had the opportunity to sit out a game and let his head injury (sustained last week) heal but he was right in the mix of things, shutting down lone striker Omar Cummings.

MID: Ben Zemanski, Chivas USA – 8

Along with Blair Gavin, Zemanski is part of one of the hardest working midfields in Major League Soccer. He never stops moving and can even get in on the attack when need be. Zemanski provided the hard-driven ball to Giancarlo Maldonado that eventually led to the third and final goal scored by youngster Carlos Borja.  

MID: Patrick Nyarko, Chicago – 7.5

The Galaxy had most of the possession and offensive build-up but Chicago converted the chances they were given. Nyarko was the architect or quite simply put, a real pain in the ass on the flanks. The speedster troubled the Galaxy defense all match and provided an assist on Collins John’s second goal of the season with a cheeky through ball.

MID: Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls – 8

Henry had a mixed outing, missing several open chances but at the same time providing two assists to Juan Pablo Angel before the Red Bulls defense broke down forthe day. We’re confident he’ll be putting those chances away in the near future but two points on his first real match with the club has to count for something.

MID: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia – 7

Appeared to take a knock in the 14th minute, coming down gingerly off a jump for an air challenge, but came back firing, drawing a corner in the 16th minute after beating the defense to the side with his speed and getting off a shot that was blocked.   He then unleashed one of the prettiest goals of the season in the 25th minute, bending the ball so much that Beckham may or may not have called at halftime for advice.  After cutting a pass inside to Danny Mwanga, he followed it to the top of the 18, took the return pass and curled it far post to the right upper corner of the goal for his 8th of the season and a 1-0 lead. – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

FWD: Juan Pablo Angel, New York Red Bulls – 9 ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK

It’s hard to see how this Angel/Henry partnership isn’t going to work. The Colombian striker is already reaping the rewards of having that playmaker in the midfield. His brace vs. Houston brought the total on the season up to 11 goals and only one goal behind Edson Buddle.

FWD: Justin Braun, Chivas USA – 7.5

Many are clamoring for Braun to get a cap in the USMNT/Brazil friendly on August 10th and with the way he has been playing recently, we can’t say we disagree. Braun rose above the Crew defense on Saturday to power home the first goal of the game in a lop-sided 3-1 Chivas USA victory over Columbus. 

Archives:

Week 16, Best XI

Midseason, Best XI

Week 15, Best XI

Week 14, Best XI

Week 13, Best XI

Week 12, Best XI

Week 11, Best XI

Week 10, Best XI

Week 9, Best XI

Week 8, Best XI

Week 7, Best XI

Week 6, Best XI

Week 5, Best XI

Week 4, Best XI

Week 3, Best XI

Week 2, Best XI

Week 1, Best XI

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Red Bulls Rue Missed Chances, Tie Houston 2-2

Posted on 01 August 2010 by dkarell

Despite holding the lead twice, and being up a man for the final 47 minutes of the game, the New York Red Bulls only managed a meager point away to Houston.

The Dynamo substitute Brian Mullen scored off a header in the 89th minute, putting Houston level with New York at 2-2.

Thierry Henry’s MLS debut for the Red Bulls began well, with Juan Pablo Angel scoring from close range in the 10th minute, with an excellent cross provided by Henry.

The lead didn’t last very long though, when referee Paul Ward whisteled Carlos Mendes for a foul in the penalty box in the 24th minute, and Houston earned a penalty shot.

Brad Davis converted the spot kick, and tied the game up at 1-1.

In the 38th minute, Houston earned a second penalty shot, when Ward whisteled Tim Ream for a foul in the box. This time though, Davis skied the penalty for Houston, and the game stayed tied.

Just minutes later, after a light foul on Carlos Mendes, Lovel Palmer was shown a straight red card and sent off in the 44th minute, giving the Red Bulls a man advantage for the rest of the match.

In the second half, Henry stayed out on the pitch, and the Red Bulls used the man advantage to their advantage.

Henry, who was not so sharp in the game in front of goal, proved provider again, when he played Angel into space on the right side of the box.

Angel then scored one of the better goals of his career, when his powerful strike blasted over the head of the keeper Tally Hall, and into the back of the net. It gave the Red Bulls a deserved 2-1 lead in the 58th minute.

As the game went on, the heat and fatigue caused the pace to slow down, and the extra space due to Palmer’s red card made for an exciting final few minutes.

Houston never gave up, and Mullen’s late goal ignited a dormant crowd into a frenzy, and saved Houston from a dissapointing defeat at home.

For the Red Bulls, it certainly was two points lost and not a point gained. They now have eight days to train before they head to Chicago to face the Fire and their new signing Nery Castillo.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Houston Dynamo 2

MLS Game 17

Robertson Stadium: Houston, TX

Scoring Summary:

NY — Juan Pablo Angel 10 (Thierry Henry 1) 10

HOU — Brad Davis 4 (unassisted) 24

NY — Juan Pablo Angel 11 (Thierry Henry 2) 58

HOU — Brian Mullan 3 (Andrew Hainault 1, Brian Ching 2) 89

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Tony Tchani (Carl Robinson 89), Macoumba Kandji, Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Dane Richards 46), Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Mike Petke, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Jeremy Hall, Greg Sutton.

Houston Dynamo — Tally Hall, Andrew Hainault, Eddie Robinson, Adrian Serioux (Corey Ashe 68), Mike Chabala, Danny Cruz, Anthony Obodai (Richard Mulrooney 59), Lovel Palmer, Brad Davis, Brian Ching, Joseph Ngwenya (Brian Mullan 77).

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Cochrane, Dominic Oduro, Cam Weaver, Tyler Deric.

Misconduct Summary:

HOU — Lovel Palmer (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 44

NY — Joel Lindpere (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 59

NY — Dane Richards (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 71

NY — Roy Miller (caution; Handball) 85

Referee: Paul Ward

Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher; Philippe Briere

4th Official: Jair Marrufo

Time of Game: 1:53

Attendance: 24,750

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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.

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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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