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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 6: Henry and Donovan awake from slumber

Posted on 27 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The season rolls on even after a weekend marred by the loss of two of Major League Soccer’s most exciting attacking talents in Steve Zakuani and David Ferreira. Zakuani suffered a broken fibula and tibia after a rash challenge from Colorado’s Brian Mullan while reigning MLS MVP Ferreira fell victim to a broken ankle after a Jonathan Leathers tackle. The news dampened the announcement of New York and Los Angeles respectively as rejuvenated and dangerous attacking squads. Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry were the catalysts as both sides put up dominant performances over Portland and DC United.

ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Six

GK: Donovan Ricketts, Los Angeles

The scoreline might have been heavily tilted in the Galaxy’s direction but that does not mean that Ricketts had nothing to do. Quite the opposite actually. Ricketts was tested on several occasions by the Timbers offense and fortunately for the Galaxy’s defense, he was up to the task. Late in the game, especially, it was Ricketts who kept Portland star Kenny Cooper from generating any momentum.

DEF: Heath Pearce, Chivas USA

Pearce won’t be leaving the center of defense anytime soon after his performance in the Goats 2-1 win in San Jose. It was the American international’s dangerous 35 yard free kick that was ever so slightly touched by Alejandro Moreno that equalized after San Jose pressured early. He was the key to neutralizing last year’s Golden Boot winner Wondolowski after he tasted goal in the 16th minute.

DEF: Alain Rochat, Vancouver

We’re not too far into the season and Rochat has already established himself as one of the best defenders in all of Major League Soccer. Both Rochat and Chiumiento have provided a consistency to the Whitecaps, something much coveted for an expansion club. The Swiss defender’s composure and keen positioning will be something the Whitecaps can build around and expand on as the season progresses. It’s Rochat’s second selection in the ASN Best XI.

DEF: Jan Gunnar Solli, New York

Probably the easiest selection on here and along with teammate Thierry Henry, deserves Player of the Week honors. Working from right back, Solli’s forays into the attack yielded a trio of assists, two to Henry and one to wunderkid Juan Agudelo. United’s left flank had absolutely no answer for the Norwegian veteran. It’s Solli’s second selection in the ASN Best XI.

DEF: George John, FC Dallas

Things are coming together for George John in a big way. He has solidified his spot in Schellas Hyndman’s starting XI and made quite the name for himself on the field even as Dallas struggled to start the season. The Hoops, dealt a blow recently with the loss of David Ferreira to injury, are still starting to hit their stride and on defense, it has a lot to do with the second year former Washington Husky. Against Vancouver, John dabbled in the offense as well – powering home the equalizer before a late Avila gamewinner sealed a three point deal.

MID: Julian De Guzman, Toronto FC

An extended glimpse of Designated Player-like play from De Guzman, something Toronto FC fans have been looking for over the past couple seasons. Showed poise in the midfield and creativity that had rarely been seen before as a Red. It was De Guzman that supplied the through ball that found Tony Tchani as Toronto settled for a tie. Aron Winter’s XI, however, looked more like a team this week and De Guzman was the glue that held them together against the Crew.

MID: Eric Avila, FC Dallas

The young Avila replaced 2010’s MVP David Ferreira and supplied the gamewinner. He plays the role of super sub as well as any in Major League Soccer but with Ferreira out recovering from a broken ankle, can Avila develop into the consistent attacking threat that the Hoops need in replacement? He will get his chance to show that he can and Hoops fans are certainly hoping he takes that chance and runs with it.

MID: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

Two giants awoke this past weekend. Donovan, coming back from a knee injury, looked his old self and brought an expansion team to its knees in the spoiling of Portland’s good run of form. More importantly for the Galaxy, Donovan was consistent in his effect on the game at hand. He asserted himself early – assisting Chad Barrett’s first goal before drawing the penalty (which he then converted) – all in the first 8 minutes. Juan Pablo Angel then delivered an amazing 67th minute cross across the danger area right onto a streaking Donovan’s head. A combination that Galaxy fans would surely pay to see more often.

FWD: Diego Chaves, Chicago

At times, he almost doesn’t fit in with the Fire offense – a step too fast or ahead of the rest of the Fire attack. That hasn’t hindered him in production, however, grabbing four goals already in 2011 including the opener against a revitalized Houston Dynamo squad. His goal vs. Houston wasn’t the product of impressive flair or creativity but instead sheer determination. Chaves is the kind of opportunistic goalscorer the Fire need – if only three points came with it when all was said and done.

FWD: Thierry Henry, New York *ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK*

Henry is starting to put away the chances – one against San Jose, two against DC United away from home. The key is that he has the supporting cast to keep the chances coming for the French striker and it’s pretty apparent – at least in the last couple games – that he does. The Solli/Henry combination is definitely not one that will fizzle out anytime soon. This is Henry’s second selection of the season – two in a row to be exact.

FWD: Kei Kamara, Kansas City

A brace from Kei should normally win it for a team but defensive questions linger for Sporting Kansas City as New England bested them 3-2. Kamara did his part, taking his chances well and putting up what should have been the game winner for Kansas City before New England battled back for the win. Replacing Omar Bravo is tough but Kamara is doing what he can, scoring the last three goals for Sporting.

Bench: Teemu Tainio (New York), Joel Lindpere (New York), Nick LaBrocca (Colorado), Patrick Ianni (Seattle), Benny Feilhaber (New England), Bobby Boswell (Houston), Marco Pappa (Chicago), Fredy Montero (Seattle), Chad Barrett (Los Angeles)


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Game #4 Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York

Posted on 08 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Turnpike derby looms and Union fans are ravenous for a rivalry win. A little over 100 miles separate the two teams and in less than two years, even if the on the field product hasn’t matched it yet, the supporters have fueled a rivalry that will deepen and intensify as the years progress. The Union are coming off a tough midweek loss that saw potential starters put in 120 minutes of work and now, in regular season play, look to jumpstart their offense before the Red Bulls figure out how to jumpstart theirs.

Philadelphia Union (2-1-0) vs. New York Red Bulls (1-0-2)
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 7:00PM, ESPN2
PPL Park, Chester, PA

Philadelphia Union Probable Starting XI





—————Ruiz—————-Le Toux—————

OUT: MF Gabriel Farfan (R little toe sublux); PROBABLE: DF Danny Califf (L knee meniscus); SUSPENDED: Jack McInerney (through April 10)

New York Red Bulls Probable Starting XI




Richards————–De Rosario————–Lindpere


OUT: DF Chris Albright (knee surgery recovery); GK Greg Sutton (concussion)

Game Notes:

The Red Bulls are coming off a 1-1 tie with Houston in a game where scoring chances were abundant for Thierry Henry and company. After a week of training, new acquisition Dwayne DeRosario could start for a team that has been in clear need of a #10 (according to head coach Hans Backe). He had an immediate impact after his high profile trade from hometown team Toronto FC to the Red Bulls, setting up Dane Richards to open up the scoring in last Saturday’s tie. Houston came roaring back, however, with a beautiful chip from Cam Weaver to lock things at one.

The Union’s reserve squad will play their first game of the season on Sunday. Piotr Nowak and reserve squad coach, Brendan Burke, have come out and said and it’ll be about 10 of the senior squad members along with roughly 7 or 8 academy players. Burke, the head coach of affiliate team Reading United AC, will guide the first ever Union reserve squad in the newly relaunched reserve league (a necessity in our opinion). If you’re interested, the Union reserve will play the Red Bull reserves at 10:00AM at their Practice Fields, Bob Urban Field of Dreams in Houston Park.

Last year, the Union lost twice in a row to the Red Bulls in only a three day span. First was a regular season loss, 2-1, at Red Bull Arena. Several days later it was a blend of starters and reserves in an Open Cup qualifying match-up that ended with the same scoreline. At home in the season finale, however, the Union played well defeating New York and turning the tables on the scoreline thanks to early Fred and Michael Orozco-Fiscal goals. The Union have a chance to pull things even in the all-time series with a win tomorrow.

According to all of your comments regarding Keon Daniel’s follow up performance in Wednesday night’s Open Cup game, it doesn’t look like he’ll find his way into the starting lineup but Justin Mapp, going on three games missed now, is back and according to team officials, ready to go.

Both teams have issues with the attack. A first start for Dwayne DeRosario is highly likely for the Red Bulls and could prove the impetus for a less wasteful Thierry Henry. Let’s not forget he’s also got Juan Agudelo to feed as well. That’s a scary thought for all Union fans. The defense has played well, however, and kept Beckham, Donovan, and company in check at the Home Depot Center (save that damn set piece). The Union will need to play the aggressors and put the Red Bulls on their back foot early and often. That means however that both Danny Mwanga and Sebastien Le Toux need to sort things out. Having a healthy Justin Mapp in there should help dramatically.

It has been on a lot of peoples’ minds – is Le Toux 100% healthy? He puts that issue to rest in this piece on PhiladelphiaUnion.com.

Contrary to 2010, the Union were the LAST team to give up a goal this season. Their shutout streak ended at 213 minutes, the longest in club history.

Philly native Chris Albright, oft-injured unfortunately, is out recovering from knee surgery and will not play for the Red Bulls.

All spots have been filled for 2011’s Sueno MLS. The Union will be first time hosts and the local tryouts will take place April 23-24 at the YSC Sports Complex in Wayne, PA. Other teams hosting tryouts are the Chicago Fire and FC Dallas.

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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:


Discipline Summary:

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


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. 


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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


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 28 July 2010 by dkarell

This past week, New York Red Bull fans got their first chance to see the new DP signing, striker Thierry Henry, take the field for the Red Bulls. He played a combined 90 minutes over two games, and looks set to start and play longer in this weekend’s matchup against Houston. In this 12th edition of the column, we will be focusing on the Red Bull’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham last Thursday, and 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

The Good: The Red Bulls look very very good with Thierry Henry on the field. He helps link up the midfield to the forwards, his influence on the game helps the team play much smarter, and more patient, and certainly and most importantly, the Red Bulls look very dangerous offensively when Henry is on the field. Also, Mac Kandji played well off of Henry on both days, and since coming back from injury, he is playing with a lot of confidence. Henry scored in his first game on Thursday against Tottenham, and celebrated by pointing at the ground screaming, “I’m Here, I’m Here!” MLS beware, the New York Red Bulls are here and should be feared.

The Bad: The loss to Tottenham came thanks to defensive gaffes, the worst being from Jeremy Hall and the keeper Greg Sutton. Hall gave a header back to Sutton, but he hesitated coming out to get it, and it gave enough time for Tottenham left back Gareth Bale to zoom onto the ball and poke it into the back of the net. Hall played ok at times, but certainly looked a bit nervous and tentative at times as well, and its something he is going to have to work on if he wants to get back into the regular starting 11.

The Red: Despite bringing in three pretty high profile teams (yes Man City and Tottenham arnt Man United and Chelsea or Arsenal, but many people know them), the Red Bulls were still unable to sell out Red Bull Arena for any of the three days of soccer games. Even with Thierry Henry’s debut as another reason to show up, they couldn’t sell out the place. Part of the reason has to be the location, which is in the middle of no where, and there doesnt seem to be much in terms of major roads nearby to help alleviate traffic (the easiest way to the stadium really is the PATH train). Also another reason could be ticket prices, which in a down economy, could easily keep people at home, letting them watch on T.V. from their couches.

The Dead: Apparently odds makers put 40/1 odds that Henry would score his first goal for the Red Bulls with his hand.

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Richards wonderstrike gives Bulls Win over Man. City

Posted on 26 July 2010 by dkarell

The “King of Friendlies” has struck again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Match Facts

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

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

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


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

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


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

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