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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.

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


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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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Army 1

Posted on 30 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls exhibition match at Army on March 29. The Red Bulls won 3-1 on goals from Juan Agudelo (2x) and Conor Chinn. Red Bulls Reader has a proper recap of the match along with video highlights.

Trialist Damani Ralph also saw substantial time in the match and assisted on Agudelo’s winning goal. A previous version of this post was unable to identify the 20-year old Jamaican, who last played for Russian champions Rubin Kazan. Ralph was the 2003 MLS rookie of the year after being drafted in the first round out of the University of Connecticut by the Chicago Fire. He has been capped 18 times by the Jamaican national team.

A few of our favorite photos follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). Even more of these photos are on our Facebook page.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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Updated: New CBA calls for 24 roster spots, so who's out?

Posted on 22 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Major League Soccer’s new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to in principle Saturday, will reportedly cap roster sizes at 20 senior and four developmental squad players. Which of course begs the question who the New York Red Bulls will cut by 5pm, March 24, the new roster compliance date?

The team’s squad as presently constituted includes 25 players believed to be healthy or close to it:
Goalkeepers (2): Bouna Condoul, Greg Sutton
Defenders (6): Roy Miller, Tim Ream*, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Andrew Boyens, Carlos Mendes
Midfielders (11): Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Joel Lindpere, Carl Robinson, Dane Richards, Luke Sassano, Austin da Luz*, Seth Stammler, Irving Garcia*, Ernst Oebster, Tony Tchani*, Danleigh Borman
Forwards (6): Juan Pablo Angel, Macoumba Kandji, Ibrahim Salou, Conor Chinn*, John Wolyniec, Juan Agudelo**

The following players are injured:
Kevin Goldthwaite, Chris Albright (both defenders), Giorgi Chirgadze** (forward).

*possible developmental squad player
**probable “homegrown” player

Update: The Washington Post has confirmed up to two “homegrown” players will not count toward the roster limit.

This leaves the status of injured player as the last significant question. The Red Bulls official roster less two homegrown spots stands at 23 healthy players and three injureds. If one injured player is permitted as an exemption against the roster cap, it puts the team’s roster size at 25. If no injured players are permitted it means the Red Bulls have 26 players, or two more than permitted.

If you’re looking for obvious candidates to be cut, look no further than Carlos Mendes and Ernst Oebster, who have had only limited (at best) involvement in the team’s preseason games.

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RBNY media day videos

Posted on 16 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN is at Red Bull Arena for the New York Red Bulls 2010 media day activities. We will be updating this post constantly throughout the day, so be sure to check back often. Also follow us on Twitter, if you aren’t doing so already, where we have been posting photos.

Red Bulls GM Eric Stover introduces Red Bull Arena in cake form!

The all time First XI MetroBulls:

Here is footage from the intrasquad practice match that was played earlier. Just ignore the goofy commentary, keeping in mind these are unedited.

Practice Videos

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Photo gallery: Carlos Mendes leads ASN on tour of Red Bull Arena

Posted on 13 February 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN spent the afternoon of Feb. 12 at the brand new Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The purpose of the visit was threefold: 1. To see the arena before it opened, 2. To photograph it for our readers and 3. To do our part in supporting Seth Stammler’s Sporting Chance Foundation charity. (We aren’t the only news organization doing this. Michael Lewis’ Big Apple Soccer has some more creative ways to help out Sporting Chance, whose mission is to better the standard of living in Haiti. Think their services are in demand now?)

Watch this space for a piece on Stammler and his foundation soon. But now, on to what you came for. Stadium porn. Red Bulls defender Carlos Mendes was kind enough to guide the tour. Photo credit to Scott Marsh.

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Mendes agrees to new contract

Posted on 07 January 2009 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today that defender Carlos Mendes has signed a new contract with Major League Soccer and will be part of the Red Bulls’ roster in 2009. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“During his time with New York, Carlos has proven himself to be a sound defensive player,” said Red Bull New York Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. “He brings stability and versatility to our lineup and his contributions to the team extend beyond his performance on the field.”

Mendes was originally signed to the club’s senior roster on March 21, 2005, and has appeared in 95 matches for the club, making 81 starts over four seasons. He is coming off a 2008 campaign in which he played in 17 matches, making 10 starts. Mendes came off the bench in the team’s series clinching win over the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Semifinals, and started the Western Conference Championship and MLS Cup Finals matches in central defense.

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