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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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Player ratings: Crew 3, RBNY 1

Posted on 21 May 2010 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls put up a solid team effort that was hard done by the final 3-1 result loss to the Columbus Crew on May 20. What about individual efforts and, more importantly, individual performances? We get to that here in our player ratings:

Bouna Condoul: 6
Definitely a performance to build on. Liked his aggressiveness on early crosses. Why he backed off of this is a mystery and may have in fact had an impact on the second goal by Columbus. Also had a terrific save (off Adam Moffat?) in the second half and did well stifling other Crew shots. Believe this is the first loss of the season where we can honestly say he didn’t play a direct role. Little victories. But the next (MLS) match will be crucial because he’s had encouraging performances earlier only to relapse to his old ways the next time out.

Chris Albright: 6.5
Solid in the first half and that on both ends of the pitch. Was a stabilizing force on defense and in the attack kept the ball moving and had a few nice passes into space. Unfortunately came undone a bit in the second half where he was beaten by his man on several occasions and turned the ball over. Maybe he ran out of steam? Hopefully it wasn’t another (or the same) injury.

Mike Petke: 2
Sad that his 300th MLS game was also one of his worst in recent memory. Very little went right for him. Could have faulted him on the first goal, at least in part. The second was scored by his man so he bears most, if not all of the responsibility. The third was even more egregious and came at a time when the team was gathering momentum for a final push to equalize. To his credit he took responsibility for his poor play.

Tim Ream: 3
Had one or two strong moments in the first 30 minutes of the game, but that was it. Caught in no-man’s land on the first goal, between Frankie Hejduk and Eddie Gaven, though Petke probably should have done a better job covering for him. Terrible mistake on the third goal, though again his partner in central defense bears a large part of the burden. But his lack of pace is beginning to show as a liability. Perhaps teams are learning to take advantage of him?

Danleigh Borman: 5
Had a few strong moments, particularly in the first half, but was too inconsistent. Love his hustle but needs to take care of the ball better. Maybe better suited for midfield?

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 7
Stellar first half; probably his best 45 minutes as a pro (or at least in recent memory). Effectively ran the offense in Joel Lindpere’s absence. Distributed the ball well, hustled, created space for his teammates. Exactly the type of stuff this team has been lacking from its midfield players, Lindpere excepted. Seemed to drop off a bit in the second half but still Hans Backe’s decision to substitute him was a curious one. Even though central midfield appears to be his natural position he may be more effective at right wing. Or at least more effective than Dane Richards.

Seth Stammler: 5
A completely average performance. Didn’t make any decisive mistakes but didn’t contribute all that much either, especially for the attack. Don’t think he’s starter material, frankly.

Roy Miller: 5
Had a poor first half but was playing out of position. Seriously, what’s up with these lineups by Backe? Miller is not a center midfielder. Left wing is enough of a stretch. And he was doing fine as left back. Why mess with a good thing? Don’t understand that. Came alive a bit in the second but created far too little. Then again, that’s not a role he’s suited for in the first place.

Jeremy Hall: 3
Did far too little. Needed to help out covering Hejduk as a left mid but failed to do so and it came back to haunt the team on the first goal. Contributed even less offensively. That changed a little in the second half when he was moved to the right side, but not enough. He’s going to have to do a lot more to keep his spot as a starter.

Juan Pablo Angel: 3.5
The freekick was nice (didn’t go in though, did it?) and it was good to see him find a seam in the defense for that early shot that went narrowly wide. But that’s it for nice things we can say about him. His first touch has abandoned him altogether. Literally every time in the second half that he had the ball he turned it over. Still can’t move. His retreats to midfield were a little better planned this time, but he did it far too often and dropped far too deep. Saw him even with the backline on a few occasions. Not sure what he’s trying to prove at this point.

Dane Richards: 6
As I suspected (on the latest Seeing Red! podcast) there was more use for him at forward than in the midfield. Did well to get open and show for the ball. But should have finished better. Or finished, period. Once again his weak technical abilities (no left foot) and inability to see the field (or, if you prefer, his “low soccer IQ”) haunted him. Either way should have done a lot more with his chances.

Tony Tchani: 8
Caused problems for the Crew defense as soon as he entered the match in the 65th minute. Looked great on the ball and love his strength and speed. One question: Why didn’t he start? The team clearly could have used his contributions. Congrats on the first goal, which displayed aerial ability to go with the footwork skills we already knew he had.

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Tchani debut goal spoiled in 3-1 loss to Columbus

Posted on 20 May 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls outplayed the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena Thursday but at the end of the night had nothing to show for it. After dominating the first 35 minutes of possession, Frankie Hejduk combined with former MetroStar Eddie Gaven to give the Crew a 1-0 lead before Andy Iro doubled it off a corner four minutes later. The Red Bulls had most of the match in the second half as well and appeared to seize the momentum when Tony Tchani scored his first professional goal nine minutes from time. But a miscommunication between Tim Ream and Mike Petke led to a third Columbus goal in the 83rd minute and Red Bull never recovered.

“It’s a defeat that hurts, that’s for sure,” Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe said in the postgame press conference, which can be listened to in its entirety here.

“Credit to them tonight,” Petke said of the Crew. “I don’t think they deserved it, but you gotta do what you gotta do.”
Petke described the mix-up on the third goal as “bad miscommunication” between him and Tim Ream. “I’ll take the blame,” he added.

It was not a memorable 300th game in Major League Soccer for the Babylon, N.Y., native. “I feel like I played 300 games in the last week,” he said.

Player ratings are out and be sure to check out the photo gallery!

Tony Tchani ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 1, Columbus Crew 3
May 20, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 11,940

Scoring Summary:
CLB: Eddie Gaven 2 (Frankie Hejduk 2) 35’
CLB: Andy Iro 2 (Eddie Gaven 2) 39’
NY: Tony Tchani 1 (Carlos Mendes 1) 81’
CLB: Emilio Renteria 1 (unassisted) 83’

Disciplinary Summary:
CLB: Adam Moffat (caution) 52’
CLB: Andy Iro (caution) 60’
NY: Seth Stammler (caution) 75’
NY: Tim Ream (caution) 85’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (5-4-0, 15 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Chris Albright (Carlos Mendes 71’), Jeremy Hall (John Wolyniec 68’), Roy Miller, Seth Stammler, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Tony Tchani 65’), Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Conor Chinn, Luke Sassano, Irving Garcia

Columbus Crew (5-0-2, 17 pts.) – William Hesmer, Frankie Hejduk, Eric Brunner, Andy Iro, Danny O’Rourke, Brian Carroll, Adam Moffat (Jed Zayner 57’), Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel Ekpo (Emilio Renteria 68’), Steven Lenhart, Jason Garey (Duncan Oughton 89’)

Substitutes Not Used: Andy Gruenebaum, Gino Padula, Dilly Duka, Sergio Herrera

Officials:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante, Peter Manikowki
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

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The walking wounded RBNY will be severely shorthanded vs. Crew

Posted on 19 May 2010 by ASN Staff

We already knew Salou Ibrahim and Carl Robinson would not be available for Thursday night’s nationally-televised clash with the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena. Now add Joel Lindpere and Brian Nielsen to the list.

So says the New York Post’s Dylan Butler. His report adds that Ibrahim will be out at least another week, to be replaced Thursday night by Dane Richards. Roy Miller, Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani and Sinisa Ubiparipovic (from left to right) are expected to form the midfield.

At first glance it’s hard to tell where the offense will come from with that lineup. But Miller has showed some dribbling, passing and crossing skills and Tchani played a dominating attacking midfield role in the team’s 2-1 U.S. Open Cup defeat of Philadelphia Union.

That leaves Ubiparipovic, who has played well at times as a central midfielder but really doesn’t have the skillset to play right wing. One would think Jeremy Hall might be the more compelling option at that position.

As it is Hall is due to start on the bench, because Chris Albright is fully healthy and expected to make his first MLS start for the Red Bulls. If Roy Miller starts at left midfield, expect Danleigh Borman to start at left back.

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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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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 10 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Welcome to the seventh installment of this feature, which will run within a day or two of the team’s last game, this season. Today we focus on the New York Red Bulls’ 4-0 defeat at San Jose on Saturday. To see an explanation of these terms (Good, Bad, Red, Dead) skip to the bottom of this page.

The Good:

Tony Tchani played well in his first MLS start. He’s got a few kinks to sort out but he can definitely become a solid contributor in this league. Maybe a lot more than that.

Salou Ibrahim wasn’t terrible.

Yes, that’s what we have to resort to this week in “The Good” category. “Not terrible.” That kind of week, folks. Hopefully there won’t be one of these for quite some time.

I suppose that’s another good thing; that this is an anomaly rather than the norm it was last year. Or at least it has been so far.

The Bad:

Start with the team as a whole. They clearly quit after the second San Jose goal. It wasn’t so much about keeping the Quakes’ margin of victory respectable (goal difference carries little weight in MLS) but that it just doesn’t speak well to the team’s spirit. It was the first time you can really say the team as a whole disappointed this season.

If we’re going to pick on individual players for their gaffes (and yes, we absolutely will) it starts with one name: Luke Sassano.

Contrary to many fans, I do not fault Hans Backe for starting Sassano in Jeremy Hall’s place. Hall has been a major defensive liability and with Bobby Convey in form it was going to make for a long night. Of course, as it turned out it was a long night anyway. Blame Sassano for this. All he had to do was keep Convey in check, guard the byline and eliminate his runs down that side. Okay, so that’s a lot easier said than done. But the point is that having a defensive player in that role, even if it’s just to cut off some passing lanes, would have done more for the team’s defense than Jeremy Hall does at that position. The one caveat being that the player in question had to actually stay in the game. Sassano failed at this in a very egregious manner, by committing a boneheaded foul (that was absolutely red card worthy by the way) and getting himself sent off after 13 minutes.

That foul threw the entire gameplan, of which Sassano played a major role, out the window. The team basically had to retreat into a shell, with Seth Stammler abandoning his spot in left midfield to take over the right back spot. This cut into the Red Bulls’ presence in midfield, which in turn eliminated the service to the forwards.

Even so they should have done better.

Tim Ream finally had his rookie game. It was unfortunate that it happened right when the team was forced to rely on him more than usual. We’re willing to give him a pass because it’s the first time this happened. But his overall level of urgency seemed lacking. He was burned on the first Quakes goal and had a large part in the second (though not as much as the guy we’re about to pick on). I realize part of this is Ream’s overall demeanor, but still, you want to see somebody a little more fired up in those situations.

Bouna Condoul’s gaffe gifted the Quakes their second goal, causing the team to pack it in before losing 4-0. You can’t blame Bouna for the fact that the team quit, but you can blame him for letting in a soft goal when the team could ill afford it. A two goal deficit in the second half, with a man down on the road is very, very difficult to come back from. But the Red Bulls certainly could have salvaged something had the score remained 1-0 for awhile. It didn’t though, and the reason for that has a name: Bouna Condoul (with assist to Tim Ream).

Seth Stammler needs to step up in situations like this. I know it’s not an ideal scenario, but he and Mike Petke were the veteran guys back there and the team really could have used some leadership.

The Red:

Juan Pablo Angel looked completely lost. He could barely move after about 20 minutes. This has been going on too long to write it off as a lingering injury or bad form. It may very well be one or the other, or even both, but age and wear and tear are no doubt the larger factors. We are in all likelihood witnessing the twilight of Angel’s career. At this point you can barely justify bringing him back as as non-designated player next year. Or, if current patterns hold you won’t be able to at season end. Very sad.

After such a disappointing loss, what will the turnout be this weekend against the Seattle Sounders?

If the gate is even weaker than it was for Philly (say 13K or below) and the Red Bulls lose, then what?

Who exactly are this team’s leaders? Angel is ineffective. Mike Petke? He didn’t appear to do the job Saturday, or even want it. Stammler? Not a regular starter. Lindpere, Carl Robinson, Roy Miller and Ibrahim Salou are too new. Dane Richards? Uh, right.

What role, if any, does Backe envision for Jeremy Hall? Obviously Sassano is not a realistic alternative, but we’re (again) expecting Chris Albright to start Saturday at right back.

Speaking of Backe, how, if at all, does he react to the team’s first truly disappointing outing of the season?

The Dead
Who does this team have to play goalie? It appears neither Coundoul nor Greg Sutton are up for the job. Where have you gone Caleb Patterson-Sewell?

Will Sassano get a chance to redeem himself in the US Open Cup game Wednesday? Or did he hang himself with the rope Backe supplied him?

Explanation of terms

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

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

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

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

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A long night at Buck Shaw Sassano, Ream cause pain for Bulls

Posted on 08 May 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

This shot was from the Santos game and Sassano got ball that time ©Scott Marsh/ASN

For 10 minutes, the New York Red Bulls looked great on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara Calif. Then things fell apart. The immediate catalyst was a straight red card to surprises starter Luke Sassano in the 13th minute. The team kept its shape for about 30 minutes before Bobby Convey and Ryan Johnson (aided by Tim Ream) combined for a first goal by the San Jose Earthquakes on the stroke of halftime. The Red Bulls’ fate was effectively sealed shortly after the restart when Ream lost track of Joey Gjertsen, whose shot really should have been saved by Bouna Condoul.

Ream was hung out to dry on the third San Jose goal as well. Chris Wondolowski was able to position himself in front of the rookie and then deflect Ramiro Corrales’ cross past Condoul. The Earthquakes added one more for good measure off a late corner and nearly added a fifth when Cornell Glen hit the post.

The result is clearly a disappointment for Hans Backe’s team, who had many reasons to be confident coming into the match. Backe’s decision to start Sassano over Jeremy Hall will clearly be second-guessed, and deservedly so. But on paper it was a sound choice. Hall has been a defensive liability all season and with Bobby Convey returning to peak form on San Jose’s left flank it could have made for a long night for the Red Bulls. But don’t expect Backe to be quick to tinker with the lineup again after this. Or at least not by inserting Sassano, whose red card was certainly justified.

Player Ratings

On scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest:

Bouna Condoul: 3.5

A few decent saves but the second goal, which broke the team’s back, is largely on him (and largely on Tim Ream, whom we’ll get to in a minute). Disappointing performance because these are not the usual types of mistakes he makes. Throughout it all, we have always defended Condoul’s ability as a shot stopper. Now? Not so much. But with that gone, how can you justify Condoul as a starter? Luckily for him Greg Sutton is the only competition.

Roy Miller: 4

Started strong (then again, didn’t everybody?) but was very poor in the middle stretch of the game. Seemed to lack concentration again. A few encouraging overlapping runs in the first half but was not there to stem the tide in the second. Disappointing.

Tim Ream: 3

Talk about disappointing! This was clearly Ream’s worst match of the entire season and by a wide margin. The first goal was on him; should have done more on the second as well. Looked lackadaisical and lethargic. This may be his style but it makes performances like this look even worse. And this was very poor. It will be interesting to see how he rebounds from it. We have come to expect a lot of him in a very short amount of time. This isn’t entirely fair of course but hopefully he can justify these expectations.

Mike Petke: 4.5

Didn’t move well, was out of position several times, turned the ball over a lot. Never seemed to get into the game. Sure, it’s tough when you have to adapt to being a man down but you’d expect more from a veteran. Fortunately for him, others played so poorly you barely noticed.

Luke Sassano: 2

For about 12 minutes he did everything right. Undid it all and more with one poor decision. The studs up challenge on Bobby Convey was stupid and he deserved to see straight red for it. This was a referee who had demonstrated with a yellow to Tony Tchani moments before, that he would be quick with the cards. It’s good to be aggressive but not like this. Back to the bench, perhaps for good.

Seth Stammler: 5

Very quiet game and not necessarily in a good way. Did well defensively at times but was out of position at others. Had to switch to right back after the expulsion. That’s not an easy transition to make in the middle of the game so he gets some sympathy for it. But at this point he’s a veteran and would have liked to see him organize the defense better.

Joel Lindpere: 6.5

A solid performance. Ran a ton. Could have done better with a chance in the first half that was set up by Salou Ibrahim. But never really seemed to settle in to his spot on the pitch. Still clearly the team’s engine. That’s not changing.

Tony Tchani: 7
One of the lone bright spots on the night. Easily the best Red Bull on the pitch. This guy can clearly play and it’s great to see him get the chance. With performances like these, he’s bound to get others. And not just in US Open Cup games.

Dane Richards: 5.5

Only counted two “Dane being Dane” moments, both in the first half. Stopped paying close attention after that but he was also very quiet. Did okay work defensively. Kept the ball moving for the most part. Also put in a tough position by the early red card.

Juan Pablo Angel: 5

Looked fine early on, then seemed to become more stiff and ornery as the game wore on. Does not move well at all; even less so after about 15-20 minutes. Didn’t see many balls and can’t really fault him on that, but his runs (when he made any) left a lot to be desired.

Salou Ibrahim: 6
Not a bad match. Continues to find his form. Had a few nice passes. Would still like to see more of him though.

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 0, San Jose Earthquakes 4
May 8, 2010 – Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, CA

Scoring Summary:
SJ: Ryan Johnson 1 (Bobby Convey 3) 44’
SJ: Joey Gjertsen 1 (Ryan Johnson 3, Bobby Convey 4) 55’
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 4 (Ramiro Corrales 2, Ryan Johnson 4) 77’
SJ: Bobby Burling 1 (Bobby Convey 5) 85’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Tony Tchani (caution) 4’
NY: Luke Sassano (red card, ejection) 13’
SJ: Bobby Convey (caution) 43’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (5-1-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 67’), Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Luke Sassano (Ejected 13’), Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 75’), Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel, Salou Ibrahim (Jeremy Hall 58’)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Brian Nielsen, Conor Chinn

San Jose Earthquakes (3-2-0) – Joe Cannon, Chris Leitch, Bobby Burling, Jason Hernandez, Ramiro Corrales, Joey Gjertsen, Brandon McDonald, Andre Luiz, Bobby Convey, Ryan Johnson (Scott Sealy 85’), Chris Wondolowski (Cornell Glen 85’)

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Busch, Ramon Sanchez, Justin Morrow, Brad Ring, Omar Jasseh

Referee: Andrew Chapin
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Paul Scott
4th Referee: Yader Reyes
Attendance: 9,711

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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 28 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Welcome to the fifth installment of this feature, which will run within a day or two of the team’s last game, this season. Today we focus on the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 defeat of Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup game Tuesday night. To see an explanation of these terms (Good, Bad, Red, Dead) skip to the bottom of this page.

The Good:
Basically everybody who played started the match, with possible exception of Carlos Mendes whom we’ll discuss later. And Greg Sutton. Okay, just about everybody. Nine of 11 ain’t bad. This team came out focused and played inspired soccer. The first half was a clinic and New York really should have led by three or four goals instead of one or two at intermission.

Of particular note here are Seth Stammler and Tony Tchani. Chinn deserves mention for his two goals but he also missed at least half that many solid chances. Tchani and Stamm simply dominated the center of the park. That’s exactly what Hans Backe was talking about when he said the team needs more control of midfield play.

Chris Albright when healthy is a first rate player. We saw that last night. Can’t wait for him to start at San Jose next week.

The Bad:
The opponents were and that puts the Baby Bulls’ stellar performance in perspective a bit. Or at least it raises the old chicken/egg question of whether Philly is flat-out hopeless by itself or whether the Red Bulls made them that way.

We’re focused on the Red Bulls here, but the antics of Union coach Peter Nowak are a joke. Making a team of professional adults run wind sprints to punish them for their performance? Holding a closed door meeting for nearly an hour instead of making himself and his team available to the press? At least one reporter, from Philadelphia, was in danger of missing his publication’s deadline as a result. The Philadelphia players we spoke to (when they were finally made available) were careful not to criticize their coach on the record or when the tape recorders were running. But more than one pair of eyebrows were raised when Nowak’s methods were mentioned. This can’t end well for the former Olympic team coach. It will be interesting to watch the team in the weeks ahead to see if they respond at all to these motivational ploys or (what is more likely) quit on Nowak the way a certain team quit on its notebook-wielding Colombian coach last season.

The Red:
We’re giving the attendance a pass for last night because, let’s face it, nobody really goes to preliminary round US Open Cup games under the best of circumstances. 8pm on Tuesday night in blustery conditions are not even decent circumstances. However there is some real concern about the turnout for the next MLS home game, against the Seattle Sounders on May 15.

Carlos Mendes looks a lot slower, thicker and less skilled than he did the last time we saw him. He’s coming off a tough injury but you have to wonder how much longer Mendes, who turns 30 this year, can hang on to his roster spot.

Also was anybody else happy to see a striker and holding midfielder who can actually move like professional athletes? And did anybody else think that maybe, just maybe, these guys are holding the team back from playing the way it is capable of?

The Dead:
Greg Sutton is not the answer at goalkeeper. In fact, he barely has the making of a serviceable backup. For all his flaws, Bouna Condoul is capable of spectacular saves that can turn a game (see FC Dallas, April 17). Sutton barely seems capable of making the standard ones. You almost have to wonder what he’s doing on the roster at this point. Surely younger, cheaper (and better) alternatives are out there?


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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 27 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

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

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

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

Player Ratings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Match Facts

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

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

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

Lineups

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

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

Attendance: 3,015

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US Open Cup win over Philly:Hans Backe post game press conference

Posted on 27 April 2010 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe discusses his team’s 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup play-in game at Red Bull Arena, April 27. He was particularly impressed with the play of Tony Tchani in the first half. But listen for yourself.

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