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A busy Week 6 in MLS: Full recap of (nearly) all games

Posted on 02 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bulls at DC United May 1, 2010 ©APC Studio - Alison Ciarleglio/ASN

In the nation’s capital, DC United lost its plot in the second half of a steamy encounter (over 90 degrees at kickoff) with the New York Red Bulls, succumbing 2-0. The loss drops United to 0-5 (something DCU fans can lament in their new forum if they so choose).

For New York it was the first victory at RFK Stadium in nearly five years, which was of particular satisfaction to veteran defender Mike Petke. But the most noise was made once again by Edson Buddle.

With every week that brings us closer to the South Africa World Cup, Buddle makes another strong case for his inclusion into Bob Bradley’s World Cup Roster. The LA Galaxy forward added the role of facilitator to his scoring duties Saturday night against the Philadelphia Union. Buddle had a hand in the Galaxy’s second fastest strike in team history, then added his eighth and ninth goals of the season later in the first half, as the Galaxy remained atop the Western Conference standings with a 3-1 victory over the first-year Union at the Home Depot Center. ASN’s Ivan Yeo reports on that match. ASN Philly has coverage as well; check out their player ratings.

Baggio Husidic scored his second goal in as many games for the Chicago Fire, but the team’s overall efforts were mediocre Saturday night at Toyota Park. The visiting team, Chivas USA, did little to contribute to the game’s flow and the 1-1 result was just desserts for both sides. Jeff Tobin reports and supplies player ratings for the home side. Fire fans are encouraged to discuss the game (and whatever else suits their fancy) in the new forum created specifically for this purpose.

An early Steve Zakuani goal was canceled out by Steven Lenhart’s first-half stoppage-time header as the Columbus Crew held the Sounders to another frustrating draw, 1-1, at Qwest Field. Seattle was not lacking in chances to score, taking 16 shots on the night, but only put three of those on target – and more importantly, only one of them ended up in the back of the net. But the overall play on the Xbox Pitch was some of the best this season, and will leave fans of the rave green team with reason to be optimistic, reports Nick Schiffler, who also supplied player ratings for Seattle.

It was a pleasant return home for Real Salt Lake as the defending champs dominated an inept Toronto FC squad for a 2-1 victory. Possibly attempting to earn a point on the road, Toronto fielded a defensive formation with the majority of their attacking starters on the bench. Unfortunately this tactic wasn’t particularly effective, as RSL strolled throughout the match imposing their will on an outmatched TFC squad. Patrick McShane reports from Rio Tinto Stadium and also supplies player ratings for the victorious home side. RSL fans are encouraged to discuss the game in their forum.

The San Jose Earthquakes shut out the Colorado Rapids 1-0 Saturday night in a confident performance that was decided when Chris Wondolowski raced onto a bouncing ball and struck it for a bell ringer that bounced up and down off the cross bar and into goal. “Tonight was a typical Wondo goal that we see everyday in practice,” coach Frank Yallop said after the match. “He can really hit a ball.” The Quakes now have three wins in five games. Eric Pederson reports from the Bay Area.

See more of Alison’s work from the game on her website.

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Five

Posted on 26 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Defense stole the spotlight this past week in Major League Soccer as many of the matches looked like wars of attrition rather than displays of the “beautiful game”. Several goalkeepers showed their worth – Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen, Toronto FC’s Stefan Frei, the Galaxy’s Donovan Ricketts, and the Crew’s Will Hesmer in particular. One walked away with ASN’s Player of the Week honors – the first goalkeeper to do so in 2010. There were many first timers with only Toronto FC’s Dwayne DeRosario earning a repeat appearance. Read all about it here.

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Chivas turn in best performance of season in 3-2 defeat of Quakes

Posted on 25 April 2010 by tbruce

Kljestan, here in the previous match at Houston, earned his coach's praise ©ASN

After scoring three goals for the first time since Oct. 4, 2008 Chivas USA, had to hold on to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 on goals from Sacha Kljestan, Blair Gavin and Chukwudi Chijindu.

The Red and Whites put together its best 90 minutes of soccer as the team this season in a 3-2 victory over San Jose. Rookie midfielders Blair Gavin and Ben Zemanski manned central midfield along with Kljestan with the latter earning particular praise from his coach. “I was particularly happy with the contribution made by Sacha,” said Martin Vasquez. “He is the captain and today he played like a captain setting the tempo and helping the younger players like Ben and Blair.”

Read the match report from Tony Bruce or skip right to his Chivas USA player evaluations.

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Three

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

It was a week of impressive performances on many levels. Philadelphia registered a historical first win thanks to a hat trick by Sebastien Le Toux, while rookies continue to turn heads all around the league, with two making this week’s Best XI. LA continues to shut people out (though a little fortunate on the opposition’s lack of finishing skills), New England grabbed a win in their home opener thanks to an attack firing on all cylinders, and last but not least Chivas USA found their first win under Martin Vasquez. So who makes the squad? Read on to find out!

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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Welcome to the second 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’ first loss of the season, at Chivas USA on Saturday afternoon. To see an explanation of these terms (Good, Bad, Red, Dead) see last week’s issue or read the bottom of this page.

The Good
Tim Ream and Roy Miller. And we’re done. The left half of the Red Bulls’ back line did what they’ve been doing since day one, which is eliminate any chance of an attack. Both goals came on lackadaisical play by the right side defenders (and of course the goalie. More on him in a bit).

What is going on with JPA? ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Even though they didn’t work out in the team’s favor, I’m going to include Hans Backe’s substitution moves in this space. After the long nightmare that was the Juan Carlos Osorio administration, it’s refreshing to see a coach attack when the team is down a goal (even though this is exactly what you’re supposed to do when you’re down a goal, but in light of Osorio these fundamental details are very much appreciated). And who knows? Had Salou Ibrahim been a bit more focused he might have just leveled the match. He certainly had his chances. The second Chivas goal was the unfortunate result of throwing everybody forward but it’s something all of us will happily live with. Goal difference just doesn’t count as much in MLS as it does elsewhere (and that’s a good thing) so it makes sense to roll the dice in these types of situations. Props to Backe for doing so.

While we’re giving him credit, let’s not forget that this was a guy less than a week removed from pretty major surgery. Yet there he was on the team’s bench, after yet another cross country fight. The guy’s a trooper and deserves our respect.

The Bad
Let’s start with the obvious: Bouna Condoul. His mishap shortly after halftime will go down in the annals of great goalkeeping blunders. Ultimately, this cost the Red Bulls the game. However there are plenty of reasons why Chivas never should have got that close to begin with.

Start with Jeremy Hall, who gave Chukwudi Chijindu way, way too much space.

Continue with Dane Richards, who was late tracking back to lend help and then went about it completely wrong.

End with Seth Stammler, who misread the play and didn’t cut off the passing lanes.

Those failures are forgotten as a result of Condoul’s butterfingers, which does the other culprits, chiefly Richards and Hall, a disservice. More on those two later.

The Red
Speaking of bad performances, perhaps a bit of “I told you so” is due? To wit:

Bouna Condoul’s play away from his line is going to give some Red Bulls fan a heart attack before too long.

Juan Pablo Angel. Second game in a row he has been almost completely absent (other than to complain about bad or insufficient service). Are we witnessing the twilight of his career?

Jeremy Hall at right back is begging to get exploited by a smart coach or skilled left wing.

Okay, so maybe things didn’t happen exactly as predicted. It wasn’t a cross that caused Condoul’s gaffe but a deflected shot off the post. And Chijindu, while not a left wing, certainly schooled Hall on the play that led to the first goal.

As for Angel, I’m still very much code red on him after Saturday’s performance. He’s obviously not willing to sit one out, which is well and good, but he’d better start producing soon. Not necessarily goals, but something that gives us an inkling that he still has it. Because right now, it certainly appears otherwise.

Tony Tchani seemed completely lost Saturday. It’s tough to come on as a sub sometimes, but the second overall pick in the draft had absolutely nothing working. It may be a little while until we see him again in a competitive match. Maybe the US Open Cup prelim game against Philadelphia?

The potential acquisition of Luke Rodgers. Who knows if this will even happen, but this guy just doesn’t excite me. Not sure if he’ll add anything. Then again, Joel Lindpere didn’t excite anybody either. Nor for that matter did the selection of Tim Ream.

The Dead
Dane Richards. Another deplorable performance. He’s simply not starter material and has no business taking the field with the starting 11.

The Jeremy Hall right back experiment needs to die. It hasn’t worked out and his skills are needed at the right midfield spot. Or left midfield.

A quick 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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Monday audio news update

Posted on 12 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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Condoul costs Bulls first loss of the season

Posted on 10 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Just like that, the New York Red Bulls’ fast start is history.

Bouna Condoul © Scott Marsh/ASN

It ended in a fashion fans of the team are all too familiar with: on defensive miscues and squandered opportunities. New York goalkeeper Bouna Condoul was the goat this time, scoring an embarrassing own-goal early in the second half. His team never recovered and eventually lost 2-0 at Chivas USA.

Condoul’s gaffe was without doubt the most egregious mishap of the day. But his poor play had plenty of company. The team never really seemed to find its rhythm, though it came close late in both halves. Part of this was due to the play of the hosts, who controlled the possession with patient build-up.
When the visitors did have the ball their only option seemed to be Dane Richards, the fleet but vapid right midfielder. Predictably, these went nowhere. (More on Richards and individual performances in the player ratings below).

Still, the Red Bulls had their opportunities in the first half. Macoumba Kandji had two free headers he should have buried. The first came off of a corner, the second from a terrific cross by Joel Lindpere. The second was probably the visiting team’s best sequence of the entire match. But for the most part, the Red Bulls had few ideas going forward and anyway seemed content to let Chivas control the tempo. This is a perfectly fine tactic on the road against a team in danger of an 0-3 start, and for a little while it even seemed to work. But New York’s defense was porous and Chivas had their chances. Chukwudi Chijindu alone could (and probably should) have scored twice in the first half for the hosts (then again, Kandji should have done the same for the visitors).

The Red Bulls’ luck ran out in the 47th minute. Condoul clearly deserves the blame for the goal, but he is by no means the only guilty party on the play. Start with Jeremy Hall, who gave Chijindu way too much space on the left wing. Hall was expecting the UConn product to go toward the endline but even then was too far away to have any effect. Richards’ run to help Hall was far too late and in his haste Richards didn’t track the trailing player, Jesus Padilla. Seth Stammler, who had a solid game to that point, correctly spotted the danger brewing on the left wing (in the video replay you can see him pointing toward that part of the field) but then failed to cut off Chijindu’s passing lane and was late recovering as a result to challenge Padilla. So Chijindu, an interesting young player but by no means a star in the league, managed to monopolize three Red Bulls players on one play. Mike Petke probably should have done better deflecting the ball upfield or out of bounds, though that is admittedly a bit nitpick-y. And then Condoul did the rest.

Hans Backe, in marked contrast to the team’s first game of the season (and to Richie Williams in the second), went to his bench early. Just seven minutes after the goal he brought on Salou Ibrahim for Seth Stammler. Kandji moved to left midfield with Sinisa Ubiparipovic taking Stammler’s vacant spot at holding mid. The move clearly paid dividends, as Ibrahim had several chances that could (and in one case should) have resulted in goals. But Backe’s second and third substitutions, for Tony Tchani and Conor Chinn, respectively, had little effect. The Red Bulls threw everything forward but lacked the rhythm to develop any real chances the rest of the way. Chivas scored an “insurance goal” in stoppage time, again off of mistakes by several Red Bulls players. Speaking of which, now to the player ratings:

Player ratings

New York Red Bulls players ranked 1-10 with 10 being highest:

Condoul: 2
I’ve been saying for some time that this guy is a liability on corners and crosses. However, I’ve been quick to defend his play as a shot-stopper. So where does this gaffe fit in? Nowhere, really. It was one of those mistakes that can happen in a hair-raising moment of the match. Bouna probably panicked after seeing the ball bounce off the post and was in the unusual situation of having to go toward his line, rather than away from it, to make the save. Remember that goalies are trained to deflect the ball away from goal, so when your back is turned your instincts can get a bit fuzzy. Which is not to make any excuse for the play. Unfortunately it wasn’t even his only mishap of the game. In the first half he hesitated coming off his line and was almost caught in no-man’s land by Jonathan Bornstein. He was poorly positioned on Chivas’ second goal as well.

Hall: 4
Speaking of liabilities, this is the second straight game that Hall was owned on the right side of the pitch. He was almost entirely ineffective as a defensive player and this incompetence had a large result in both goals. He did have a few nice forays into the opposing half though and narrowly missed on a shot in the second half. Perhaps it’s time to end this experiment at right back (which remember was a Juan Carlos Osorio project). Play Hall at right midfield, where his skills will be put to better use.

Petke: 5
Can’t blame him for the first goal, but his misjudgment of a ball (off a goal kick) led in part to the second. His man-marking was a bit lackadaisical as well. Granted his job is not made any easier by having to cover for Hall all the time.

Ream: 6.5
My only critique of Ream at this point is that he needs to make his presence felt more. I know this isn’t his style but he can quickly assume a leadership position on this defense by getting more vocal for example. But that’s light criticism. Did spot some moments where he probably should have marked his man tighter, but this guy is hard to beat one-on-one.

Miller: 7

Shut his side of the field down, again. Was also effective making runs into the opposing half. Would like to see more of this, particularly when the team is down a goal. He seems to link up well with Kandji as well, when Mac plays left mid. Perhaps something for Backe to consider.

Richards: 3
His first few possessions were promising, but he quickly reverted to the Dane Richards of old. He got lucky when a few of his balls were knocked behind for corners in the first half but time and again he was the final stop for Red Bull attacks. This is just frustrating to watch. Worse, Richards did little defensively (see reporting of first goal, above). Another guy I’ve been picking on for awhile, but it’s not without reason. Needs to sit on the bench or better yet, be waived. He’s just not cutting it.

Seth Stammler: 5
Started well but also had his part in the first goal. He did make a few terrific tackles early in the game but should have read that play better.

Joel Lindpere: 6.5
First half was very strong. His cross to Kandji was a thing of beauty. Second half, not so much. Turned the ball over too many times and wasn’t able to launch many attacks, which is his primary duty to this team at this point–especially when they find themselves down a goal. A lot is expected of the Estonian Express after his first two games at Red Bull Arena. So when he even disappoints a little, you feel let down a lot. This isn’t fair, but neither is life.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 5
Did far too little at left mid. A few nice plays in the first half and that was about it. Also turned the ball over too many times. A disappointing performance.

Macoumba Kandji: 6
His play in the second half earns him this respectable grade. In the first, he blew two chances. It’s amazing that a guy this tall doesn’t head the ball better. Something to work on in training, no doubt. But Kandji just seems far more comfortable as a withdrawn forward or even attacking midfielder, as his play in the second half justifies. Did well to link up with Salou, who blew his chances.

Juan Pablo Angel: 4
Invisible. Again. It’s very sad to see this, and even tougher to say it, but here goes: Angel needs to be benched for the good of the team. He’s just not bringing it this season. Maybe he will be more effective as a late game substitute? Yes, the team deserves a lot of the blame for not getting him better service, but where are his runs? Most of the time he’s loitering around midfield.

Salou Ibrahim: 4
His entrance into the game immediately made a difference but he should have done much, much better with the chances he had. But this guy’s game appears well suited for MLS. When he begins to start on a regular basis he’ll turn it on, just watch.

Tony Tchani: 4
Did not look at all comfortable and didn’t seem to play the ball properly even once. It’s tough to get your MLS debut in a game and situation of this type, but more is expected of the youngster. He’ll get it together if he sees more time (perhaps for Dane Richards? Or hell, try him out at right back).

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 0, CD Chivas USA 2
April 10, 2010 – The Home Depot Center; Carson, CA
Attendance: 12,597

Scoring Summary:
CHV: Bouna Coundoul (own goal) 47’
CHV: Jesus Padilla 1 (Zach Thornton 1) 91’+

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 19’
CHV: Jesus Padilla (caution) 90’


New York Red Bulls (2-1-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller (Conor Chinn 83’), Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Tony Tchani 77’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Salou Ibrahim 54’), Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Danleigh Borman, Carlos Mendes

CD Chivas USA (1-2-0) – Zach Thornton, Ante Jazic (Jesus Padilla 39’), Dario Delgado, Michael Umana, Mariano Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Marcelo Saragosa, Blair Gavin, Sacha Kljestan, Chukwudi Chijindu, Maicon Santos (Maykel Galindo 58’, Michael Lahoud 77’)

Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Yamith Cuesta, Justin Braun, Osael Romero


Referee: Paul Ward
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Philippe Briere
4th Referee: Ramon Hernandez

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ASN Twitter follower standings, round six

Posted on 09 April 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s been over a month since round five and a full quarter year since we rolled out this feature, which tracks the number of followers each Major League Soccer team has through its ASN Twitter account. Time to revisit!

1. (1). LA Galaxy: 833 followers (18 more than on March 1)
2. (2). Seattle Sounders FC: 617 (+34)
3. (3). New York Red Bulls: 580 (+60)
4. (4). Toronto FC: 464 (+48)
5. (5). Chicago Fire: 398 (+12)
6. (6). Houston Dynamo : 386 (+20)
7. (7). Chivas USA: 334 (+9)
8. (9). Columbus Crew: 316 (+19)
9. (8). DC United: 311 (+2)
10. (10). New England Revolution: 294 (+10)
11. (12). Philadelphia Union: 282 (+28)
12 (11). Real Salt Lake: 265 (+7)
13. (14). San Jose Earthquakes: 246 (+12)
14. (13). FC Dallas: 245 (+9)
15. (15). Kansas City Wizards: 237 (+32)
16. (16). Colorado Rapids: 184 (+14)

The surge of good press and good vibes (not to mention the launch of an independent podcast) associated with the New York Red Bulls and their new ground have also played out in the Twitter world. The @rbnyASN account added a net of 60 followers the last month, or an average of two per day. Despite this surge, the Red Bulls remain in third place, thanks in no small part to continued strong growth from @SoundersASN. But the gap between second and third place has narrowed, from 63 last month to just 37. Both Red Bulls and Sounders accounts gained ground on first place @LAgalaxyASN, which had a poor month but remains far ahead, a likely repercussion of the Beckham years. @TorontoFCasn had another strong month, adding more followers than anybody but the Red Bulls. Who added the third-most? How about the small-market @KCwizardsASN, who are rapidly gaining on places 13 (@QuakesASN) and 14 (@FCdallasASN)!

On the other end of the scale, DC United’s slow start appears to have affected @dcuASN, which grew by a minuscule two followers last month. Come to think of it, weren’t DC the team Kansas City drubbed 4-0 in the season opener? Maybe results on the field do have an effect? @ChivasASN, which grew by just nine followers, has also started very slowly. Then again, so too has Toronto FC.

There are obvious many factors affecting the number of followers each team has. What are the biggest ones, in your opinion?

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Oh by the way: Just in case you were wondering, ASN’s “mothership” Twitter account, @amersocc, which covers broader (not always team-specific) issues affecting the American game, boasts 1,238 followers at the time of this writing. Our Women’s Professional Soccer account, @wpsASN, was followed by an even 700 people.

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Episode Six: Michael Lewis, Sounders recap, Chivas preview…

Posted on 09 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup

In our sixth podcast, we welcome Michael Lewis, soccer writer for the New York Daily News and the man behind BigAppleSoccer.com, dig into the Red Bulls’ historic (yes it was) road win at Seattle, answer emails and more! Check it out!

Seeing Red! is a collaboration of ASN’s Nathaniel E. Baker, Mark Fishkin of TheKinOfFish and Dave Martinez of RedBulls.TheOffside. For more information visit SeeingRedNY.com.

You can now subscribe to the show on itunes as well.

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Buddle brace boosts Galaxy to SuperClasico win

Posted on 02 April 2010 by iyeo

Edson Buddle ©ASN/David Lindsay

Edson Buddle again was the difference for the LA Galaxy, as his two goals were all the Galaxy needed to draw first blood in round one of the Honda Superclasico. Buddle, who scored 15 goals in 2008 but struggled with injuries in 2009, was once again a one-man wrecking crew in LA’s second match of the season, putting the Galaxy on the board seven minutes into the match and striking again with the game winding down to seal the win.

ASN’s Ivan Yeo reports from the Home Depot Center.

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