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Rate the player ratings

Posted on 29 March 2010 by ASN Staff

We at ASN value readers input greatly. As part of this we are giving you the opportunity to “grade the grades” of the player ratings from Saturday night’s New York Red Bulls victory over the Chicago Fire. The ratings originally ran in the original match report (which by the way comes with a full photo gallery) but are reprinted below, followed by the “grade poll”.

Player ratings

From a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest:

Condoul – 7
The McBride play was bad and very nearly costly but he made good for it in the second half. Venturing out of his goal was never Condoul’s game anyway; he’s essentially a pure shot stopper who is most comfortable (and effective) making acrobatic saves off his line. At that he’s one of the best in the game.

Hall – 7
Pretty much shut the right side of the field down. Had a few nice forays into the attacking zone as well, though he seemed a bit tentative in that area. But that’s fine for now; Hall’s defensive skills are at a premium and he seems far more comfortable at right back than he did last year.

Petke – 8
Didn’t spot any mistakes from this guy. Played with poise and leadership; particularly strong in the air though one or two of those headers might have been better off placed elsewhere. But that’s hard to do in the heat of battle and anyway a minor critique. Appears to be playing a full decade younger than his actual age (34). To think a lot of people had given up on this guy at the end of last year?

Ream – 7

Another strong outing, though we did spot a few mistakes this time out. Was beaten by his man pretty badly on one play in the first half and a pass or two turned into turnovers that were very nearly costly. But otherwise very solid and not just defensively but also as a ball distributor. It really is amazing how this guy dropped so far in the draft.

Miller – 8
Played very well. Was a linchpin for attacks and did well in keeping the ball moving. Solid defensively. May have actually been the best player on the pitch.

Borman – 6.5
Did well at times, especially in the first half. Had some nice passes that led to scoring opportunities. But also turned the ball over several times and many of his runs went nowhere. If he could develop his right foot he’d be a dangerous player, but we’ve been saying this for two years now…

Lindpere – 8

The goal, which ended up as the game winner, was superb. Also had some nice runs and a few quality passes into space. Need to see more of this. As he gets more comfortable with MLS’ style (which by the way seems to suit a physical player like him perfectly) we will.

Ubiparipovic – 7
Another solid game from another player that had been written off by many fans and pundits alike. Has a strong technical game and sees the field very well. In this game his role was more defensive due to Robinson’s injury. If he was a little more aggressive it would surely help the team develop scoring chances.

Richards – 4
Sadly, Dane Richards seems to have relapsed to…Dane Richards. The player from last week’s Santos match (the same guy who blew everybody away in the 2008 postseason) has apparently disappeared again. There were several times when he had space on the wing, but chose to put his head down and try to sprint past his defender. That hasn’t worked since his rookie season and it isn’t going to start working now. Even less excusable was his decision to shoot from a tight angle when Juan Pablo Angel was wide open to his immediate left–this on a play in the second half that would have put the game on ice. This team has plenty of guys who can play right midfield and will gladly do so, and be far better than Richards. Time for Backe to give one of them a chance.

Angel – 4.5
The Colombian striker looked out of sorts. Perhaps he is still feeling the effects of the Julian de Guzman tackle in the preseason. The service was mainly poor but there were two chances from point blank range that Red Bull fans are used to seeing this guy bury. We fear the effects of age are beginning to take their toll.

Kandji – 4.5
Interestingly enough he looked more comfortable after Backe switched him to left midfield. Mac needs to lighten up on the stepovers and backheels and go back to fundamentals. Make runs, move the ball (which we know he has the talent to do well) or simply put his head down and bullrush past defenders. This stuff isn’t working.

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Photo gallery: RBNY 1, Chicago Fire 0

Posted on 28 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 1-0 triumph over the Chicago Fire on March 27. Here are just a few of our favorites, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). Even more of these photos are on our Facebook page. For more coverage of the Fire match check our story, with player ratings.

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Casey Strikes Out Woeful Red Bulls

Posted on 31 May 2009 by arozsa

If there really is no place like home, the New York Red Bulls are in for an awfully long summer.

With seven out of their next nine upcoming games on the road, the Red Bulls finished off a four game home stand with a whimper, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Colorado Rapids at Giants Stadium Saturday night. Conor Casey enhanced his reputation as a Red Bulls killer, notching a goal in each half, with Mehdi Ballouchy slotting home a penalty kick which proved the eventual winner.

Juan Pablo Angel tallied his fourth goal of the season for the home side on a first half penalty kick. It was also his free kick that was cleaned up by second half substitute Danleigh Borman after being spilled by Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

It was a typical, hard fought English-style victory for Gary Smith’s side that left New York Red Bulls manager Juan Carlos Osorio more exasperated than impressed.

“There wasn’t too (much) sophistication in the game,” said Osorio after the game. “It was about getting it wide, putting it into our box and compete for the aerial ball.”

“Obviously, we didn’t defend it well…and we were harshly punished for it.”

New York certainly started the match brightly enough, however, and Angel will certainly rue his gilt-edged chance that fell to him in the first minute on a long cross from left back Alfredo Pacheco. Macoumba Kandji was finding room early as well, roaming behind the strikers at will and finding space.

The visitors quickly adjusted, however, as Colorado skipper Pablo Mastroeni and Nick LaBrocca began to occupy the early lanes the Red Bulls were finding. By the 20 minute mark they had wrested control of the midfield and the game, and Colin Clark’s 25th minute cross, a looping, searching far post effort, was superbly headed in the net by an unmarked Casey.

“Casey’s a great player,” said New York defender Kevin Goldthwaite. “You’ve got Brian Ching, Brian McBride…Casey’s one of those guys.”

For all the attention Casey should have been drawing, the Rapids were still looking for him at every opportunity. After initiating a counter attack with excellent hold up play, he nearly got on the end of another Clarke cross in the 38th minute.

The Red Bulls clawed their way back into the game by halftime though, as Corey Gibbs was whistled for what appeared to be a soft penalty on Dane Richards. The Jamaican had been played into the box by Angel and went to the turf to the dismay of players and coaching staff alike.

Angel coolly dispatched the penalty and the Red Bulls went to the locker room certainly feeling like they were in the running for all three points.

Almost beyond belief, it took Casey just under three minutes to get free again and give Colorado a lead they would not relinquish. Omar Cummings lashed in a hard cross across the six yard box, and an unmarked Casey glanced a header to the far post that left Jon Conway flat footed.

The goal was Casey’s 6th in his last two games at the Meadowlands, and even he was at a loss for why he had so much space.

“I can’t tell you why,” said Casey of his Big Apple goalscoring tear. “I just know that both games, I had a lot of opportunities and a good deal of space.”

After Casey’s second tally, Colorado’s physical midfield play and disciplined shape began to squeeze the life out of the game. The climb looked insurmountable after Albert Celades tripped up Cummings at the very corner of the penalty area.

“I personally feel it was a tough decision to swallow,” said Osorio, clearly reflecting the feelings of most of the twelve thousand plus in attendance.

New York did make a game of it eventually, adding Borman to the fray and pushing Kandji to the front line. The Senegalese had spent much of the game roaming in the midfield, but his slashing runs at Colorado defender Scott Palguta troubled the Rapids to the point where the defender was pulled 10 minutes from time.

After Borman’s 73rd minute goal, the Red Bulls had one chance to equalize through the dangerous Kandji, but the Rapids defense, as they were most of the night, were quick to pounce and snuff out the danger.

The loss leaves New York at 2-3-2 and rooted to the bottom of the table in the Eastern Conference They are now in serious danger of completely falling out of the race earlier than is usual in MLS, with a brutal road schedule looming.

“We are in a very difficult situation right now,” said Celades. “We were hoping to to obtain more than four points while we were at home…now we have to get those points away from home.”

Player Ratings (scale of 1-10 with 10 being best)

Conway – 5 – Nobody questions his shot stopping. But a goalkeeper who isn’t confident on crosses is in for a long night against this Rapids side.

Goldthwaite – 6 – Lost Casey on the second goal, but was typically solid most of the night. His inexperience at the position showed through at key times.

Petke – 5 – Fared well against McBride last week, dominated Kamara the week before, but was absolutely abused by Conor Casey tonight. Lost him on the first goal, and was beaten for easily 75% of aerials challenges, and was powerless when Casey had the ball with his back to goal.

Pacheco – 6 – Solid enough on defense, but didn’t have Terry Cooke to deal with. Lacks teeth going forward, and Osorio wasted no time pulling him to spark the attack.

Hall – 5 – The rookie was mostly solid on defense, but was specifically called out by his manager for allowing Colin Clarke the space to deliver several crosses. Gets forward repeated at the right times, only to be ignored by his teammates. Needs to start demanding the ball perhaps?

Celades – 6 – Struggled at times with the physical Rapids midfield. But his class shows at times, and perhaps he’ll take more of an assertive leadership role as the season wears on.

Stammler – 8 – MOTM match for NY in a losing effort. His distribution and comfort on the ball have improved to the point where you don’t even notice his motor…which is still superb.

Ubiparipovich – 6 – Looks quite dangerous, but is sorely lacking the instinct for the final ball. Needs to start getting on the score sheet in support of Angel and Kandji.

Kandji – 7 – Looked lively in the first 15 minutes before Pablo Mastoreni decided to show him the ropes. Pushed higher up the field late in the game, and perhaps should have been there the whole time. How often do you see a central defender get abused to the point where he gets pulled 10 minutes from time while his team nurses a lead?

Richards – 5 – So much speed but so little craft around the net. Was unable to work well in the midfield with Hall, but he’d better learn if he wants to stay in the lineup, because Kandji is far superior attacking the goal.

Angel – 5 – Disappointing for the Colombian. His free kick led to the goal, but he wasted several others late in the game shooting from near impossible angles. A physical centerback can take him out of the game, and Cory Gibbs was more than up to the task.

Substitutes

Sassano – 5 – Anonymous.

Borman – 7 – Quite lively, and is showing improved vision as he approaches goal. Opportunistic goal.

Wolyniec – 6 – Knocked down several balls late, and nearly helped Kandji create an equalizer. Supersub duty seems to suit him.

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Revs claw out 1-1 draw at Swamp

Posted on 29 March 2009 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Try as they might, the New York Red Bulls just can’t beat the New England Revolution. Since the team’s 2006 reincarnation as “FC Energy Drink,” New York has not managed to defeat their rivals to the north in a regular season game. Saturday night at Giants Stadium, they came about as close as they ever will, surrendering the game-tying goal on a defensive foul-up that brought to life some of the franchise’s most painful memories–and perhaps resurrected demons thought exorcised by last season’s memorable playoff run.

Leading 1-0, the home side was done in by a desperate long ball in the 90th minute that went over defender Kevin Goldthwaite. Red Bulls keeper Danny Cepero had compromised himself by coming out past the penalty spot to challenge the ball, leaving an empty net for New England striker Kenny Mansally to volley the ball into.

The goal was not without some controversy. Red Bulls striker Macoumba Kandji had injured himself on the previous play and was laying by the Revs’ endline. Standard procedure would have been for New England, once it spotted the injured player, to put the ball into touch so Kandji could receive treatment. Instead, Shalrie Joseph launched the “hail Mary pass” that led to Mansally’s equalizer. The Red Bulls, for their part, did not seem to fault New England for playing on as much as they blamed themselves for not making their opponents–and the referees–aware of the situation. “I thought that was naivete,” Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio said of the play. “You have to be cleverer than that. It’s the last minute of the game, Mac…when he was down, instead of our official going to look at him, Dominic [Oduro] just rushes back and we just aren’t prepared to defend the long ball.”

Kandji said he should have stayed down rather than try to get back into the play, as the referee was urging him to do. “The ref kinda helped me up fast and the next thing I know, it’s a goal,” he recalled. “I think [New England] should have kicked the ball out of bounds and I think I should have stayed down longer. Even if the ref comes and tries to help me up, I should have stayed down.” The Senegalese forward said he had learned from his mistake. “A tough lesson to learn but those little mistakes we have to make up to make us better,” he said.

While the team’s play as a whole was vastly improved from opening night in Seattle, it still has not scored a goal this season by its own hand; the 35th minute go-ahead goal was an own-goal by Jay Heaps on a cross from his former teammate Khano Smith. Kandji, probably the best Red Bull on the night, made it happen, dribbling free and playing a perfectly-paced ball into the area for Smith to run on to. Smith was looking for Angel but Heaps played the cross into his own net.

Both coaches felt their teams were hard done by the result. “I gotta be honest with ya, I thought we deserved to win the game,” said Revs head coach Steve Nicol. “We created some great chances but never took them.” Osorio, while admitting the Revs “had a couple of good chances in the first half,” nevertheless insisted his team was better in the second and “basically gave that point away.”

Osorio switched from the 4-3-3 formation in the Seattle game to a 4-4-2 with Kandji and Juan Pablo Angel as the strikers. Kandji seemed to prefer being an attacker in the 4-4-2 more than the winger position he played in Seattle. “If they put me up top, I can run back and forth everywhere, I can help defend because it’s a free role,” he said.

The role suits him as well. Kandji is simply not a winger, least of all a left wing. Not only does he have great control on the ball, but his 6’4″ frame makes him a better target for crosses than creator of them. He reads the game extremely well and, once he spots his teammates’ runs, has the passing skills to put the ball into space for them. This was on display several times Saturday night, most notably in the Red Bulls’ first-half goal and in the 75th minute when he found Angel on the right side of the six yard box, where the Colombian’s shot narrowly missed the far post.

So Kandji needs to be in the center of the pitch, where he can see a lot of touches and create chances as well as finish them. Come to think of it, maybe the 24-year old is the creative attacking midfielder the Red Bulls have been searching for?

“He played really well, he held the ball well, he created chances for us,” Osorio said of Kandji. “Perhaps too many back heels to my liking but we’ll sort that out.”

The biggest surprise to Osorio’s starting lineup was the starter at left back, Danleigh Borman. “Because Mansally and Kheli Dube are quick strikers, I wanted a quick defender and a tall defender who can compete in the air,” said Osorio about his decision. While the latter player sounds like it may describe Mike Petke, Osorio seemed to prefer a left-footer for that position, even though it was in central defense. “Kevin is my only left-footer so that was the upper hand for him,” he said of Goldthwaite. “And obviously Carlos Mendes is the quicker of the two.”

How did Borman do in his new role? “In my opinion Danleigh Borman was our best player in the first half,” said Osorio. “So I’m pleased with that decision.”

Where do the Red Bulls go from here? To Chicago, next Sunday, to play the Chicago Fire, unbeaten in their first two games of the season. The last time they played at Toyota Park, New York was embarrassed in a 5-2 beatdown that very nearly ended their season. Next week’s game will be dissected in due time. First, this week’s player ratings:

New York Red Bulls Player Ratings (1-10 with 10 being highest)

Cepero – 6 – Bailed the team out big-time in the first half but shaky on crosses. Also not without fault on the Revs goal.

Borman – 7 – Did well playing an entirely new position, but was not challenged all that much. Still, nice job.

Goldthwaite – 5 – Played better than he did in Seattle (which doesn’t say anything) but still not good–or even average. A few nice headers in the first half but too much ball-watching. And of course the game-tying goal is largely on him.

Mendes – 5.5 – Didn’t always pick up his man quickly enough (or at all, even). Some stupid fouls. Unnecessary yellow card.

Hall – 7 – Another strong showing. This boy’s got skills. Appears to be particularly strong in the air. Was beaten on one ball in the first half but otherwise solid throughout.

Smith – 6.5 – Did well in the first half. Had some nice passes and created problems for the Revs defense. Disappeared after half time.

Ubiparipovic – 6.5 – Several good moves, particularly in the first half. His job duties were mainly defensive, but he can factor in the attack as well. Some of his passes were a little heavy though. Also a bit selfish at times.

Sassano – 6 – Barely noticeable, which is okay seeing as he too was mainly tasked with a defensive assignment. Nearly scored the game-winner in stoppage time.

Richards – 6 – Had a few moments but need to see more of him.

Kandji – 8.5 – In my view the best player on the pitch. Showed great ball control, strength on the ball, vision and creativity, creating nearly all of the team’s chances. Could be a very dangerous player if he is used properly (i.e. not as a left wing) and gains confidence.

Angel – 6 – Didn’t see enough of him in the first half. Did the most of the few chances he got. Is he doing enough to show for balls? Appeared frustrated with Richards at times.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 1, New England Revolution 1
March 28, 2009 – Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.

Scoring Summary:
NY- Own Goal (35′)
NE – Kenny Mansally 1 (Shalrie Joseph 1) 90′

Lineups:
New York Red Bulls — Danny Ceparo, Jeremy Hall, Kevin Goldthwaite, Carlos
Mendes, Danliegh Borman, Khano Smith (Doninic Oduro 77′), Luke Sassano,
Sinisi Ubiparipovic, Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandki, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used:Alec Dufty, Mike Petke, Matthew Mbuta, Juan
Pietravallo, Nick Zimmerman, John Wolyniec.

New England — Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney, Jay Heaps,
Darrius Barnes, Wells Thompson, Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Sainey
Nyassi (Amaechi Igwe 46′), Kenny Mansally, Kheli Dube.

Substitutes Not Used: Zack Simmons, Rob Valentino, Pat Phelan, Michael
Videira, Argenis Fernandez

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Nate Clement
4th official: Jorge Gonsalez
Time of game: 1:50
Attendance: 12,462
Weather: Cloudy, 50 degrees

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Danleigh does it again as Red Bulls salvage point versus KC

Posted on 18 May 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Van den Bergh, Osorio ejected; will miss next game against Chicago.

An 81st minute goal by rookie midfielder Danleigh Borman, his second in as many games, tied a spirited encounter at Giants Stadium on Saturday night. The Red Bulls, short handed as a result of a questionable red card to Dave van den Bergh minutes earlier, had laid siege to Kevin Hartman’s goal throughout the second half. Jimmy Conrad put Kansas City up on 20 minutes.

Van den Bergh’s red card came in the 77th minute after he appeared to throw an elbow at Davy Arnaud. Not so, said the Dutchman. “My intention was never to hit him. I don’t think I did hit him,” van den Bergh said after the game. “I think he had a good dive, like he was in a friggin’ swimming pool.”

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Van den Bergh had barely left the pitch when Juan Carlos Osorio was ejected from the game as well. Osorio declined to discuss the incident, saying he was “very disappointed with the decision. I thought it was unfair.” Both Osorio and van den Bergh will miss the Red Bulls’ next game, this Saturday against the Chicago Fire.

Osorio was pleased with the team’s play in the second half. “I thought it was a great response,” he said. “Credit to the boys. They responded really well in the second half.” Borman, a second half substitution, put in a particularly strong game. “Personally I am very pleased with Danleigh,” said the coach. “He’s developing very well at the moment and contributing to our recent results.”

Borman celebrated his goal the same way he did last week’s at Los Angeles; with a quasi backflip into backwards somersault. This time, a pair of–obviously inebriated–Red Bulls fans, one holding a beer, ran onto the field in an attempt to celebrate with Borman. Stadium security put a quick end to that.

Wizards head coach Curt Onalfo said he had “a bitter taste in my mouth from the way our guys managed that last portion of the match.” When van den Bergh received the red card, “I thought we were walking out of here with three points,” Onalfo said.

Match Facts

Kansas City Wizards (3-3-2) vs. New York Red Bulls (3-1-3)
May 17, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:
KC — Jimmy Conrad 3 (Carlos Marinelli 3) 20
NY — Danleigh Borman 2 (Juan Pablo Angel 2, Jozy Altidore 1) 81

Kansas City Wizards — Kevin Hartman, Chance Myers, Jimmy Conrad, Tyson Wahl, Michael Harrington, Carlos Marinelli, Jack Jewsbury, Ryan Pore (Eloy Colombano 85), Sasha Victorine (Kurt Morsink 79), Scott Sealy (Davy Arnaud 61), Claudio Lopez.

Substitutes Not Used: Aaron Hohlbein, Eric Kronberg, Ivan Trujillo, Kerry Zavagnin

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Andrew Boyens, Jeff Parke, Kevin Goldthwaite, Hunter Freeman, Mike Magee (Danleigh Borman 46), Luke Sassano, Dave van den Bergh, Jozy Altidore, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Leitch, Chris Megaloudis, Carlos Mendes, Zach Thornton, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, John Wolyniec

Misconduct Summary:
KC — Ryan Pore (caution; Professional Foul) 60
KC — Carlos Marinelli (caution; Tackle from Behind) 60
NY — Dave van den Bergh (ejection; Violent Conduct) 77
KC — Davy Arnaud (caution; Tackle from Behind) 77

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Rob Fereday; Sean Hurd
4th official: Lee Suckle
time of game: 1:55
attendance: 15,755
weather: Cloudy -and- 69 degrees

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Becks, Donovan shut out in stellar win for RB

Posted on 11 May 2008 by ASN Staff

The L.A. Galaxy were still celebrating their equalizer when Juan Pablo Angel got behind the Galaxy defense, where he was located by a pinpoint pass into space from Dane Richards. Angel did the rest and the goal held up as the game winner.

The victory was a deserved one for Red Bull, who controlled the tempo and dominated play for periods, especially in the first half. More importantly, New York’s defense shut out L.A.’s dynamic duo of Landon Donovan and David Beckham for the first time this season.

Dave van den Bergh, who has had a large part in New York’s early season successes, started at left back for Juan Carlos Osorio’s side and certainly did his part in shutting down the Galaxy attack. “They had some opportunities from set pieces like they will always get ,” van den Bergh said of the Galaxy’s potent offense. “But other than that, I think we didn’t give up a whole lot.”

“It’s three games in a row we haven’t lost and I think it shows with a different formation we can get results away from home,” said Osorio. “New York was the best team on the night,” added Angel. “We had the better of the opportunities and took advantage of our scoring chances.”

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New York Red Bulls (3-1-2) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (2-3-2)
May 10, 2008 — The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
NY — Danleigh Borman 1 (unassisted) 21
LA — Alan Gordon 3 (Mike Randolph 1, Greg Vanney 2) 77
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 1 (Dane Richards 1) 78

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Hunter Freeman, Jeff Parke, Kevin Goldthwaite, Dane Richards (John Wolyniec 82), Danleigh Borman (Carlos Mendes 58), Luke Sassano, Dave van den Bergh, Jozy Altidore, Mike Magee (Chris Leitch 90), Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: John Gilkerson, Chris Megaloudis, Zach Thornton, Sinisa Ubiparipovic

Los Angeles Galaxy — Steve Cronin, Chris Klein, Sean Franklin, Troy Roberts, Greg Vanney, David Beckham, Joe Franchino (Bryan Jordan 83), Brandon McDonald, Mike Randolph, Landon Donovan, Alan Gordon,

Substitutes Not Used: Michael Gavin, Israel Sesay, Josh Tudela, Julian Valentin, Josh Wicks, Abel Xavier

Misconduct Summary:
LA — Sean Franklin (caution; Pushing, Holding) 22
LA — Brandon McDonald (caution; Reckless Foul) 37
NY — Dave van den Bergh (caution; Professional Foul) 39
LA — David Beckham (caution; Reckless Foul) 67
NY — Kevin Goldthwaite (caution; Reckless Foul) 75

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott; Frank Anderson
4th official: Ramon Hernandez
time of game: 1:52
attendance: 27,000
weather: Clear -and- 71 degrees

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Borman, Mesa, three others signed to Dev contracts

Posted on 20 March 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today that Major League Soccer has signed midfielders Danleigh Borman and Kevin Mesa, goalkeepers Danny Cepero and Caleb Patterson-Sewell and defender John Gilkerson to developmental contracts to play for the Red Bulls.

Danleigh Borman (c) ASN/Julia FizerBorman was drafted by the Red Bulls out of the University of Rhode Island in the first round (7th overall) in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. The Cape Town, South Africa native, who will count as an international on the Red Bulls’ roster, was on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team after finishing the year with one goal and seven assists. During his time at URI, Borman accumulated seven goals, 16 assists while playing in 83 games. On the international level, Borman has been called up to the U-19 South African Men’s National Team.

Kevin Mesa (c) ASN/Julia FizerMesa joined the Red Bulls on trial in late January 2008. The Queens, NY, product was most recently with the Red Bulls Under-20 squad and has trained with Switzerland first division side, FC Schaffhausen in 2006 and Sparta Prague in 2005. In 2007, Mesa also trained with several clubs in Colombia including Deportivo Cali and Millionarios.

Danny Cepero (c) ASN/Julia FizerCepero, who is in his second year with the Red Bulls, joined the team via the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft in the fourth round (46th overall) from the University of Pennsylvania. The Baldwin, NY, native played in eight games for the Red Bulls in the MLS Reserve League, starting in three. Cepero posted a 1.00 goals against average and earned a 3-2-0 record.

Patterson-Sewell, joins the Red Bulls after spending the past year with the Cleveland City Stars of the United Soccer League’s Second Division. He has also played in the second division of the Australian League and was part of the Sheffield United Youth Academy (English Championship). The 6-3, 200-pound goalkeeper from Gatton, Australia, started to train with New York in February.

Gilkerson was selected by New York in the third round (35th overall) in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. The Winthrop University standout was named to the All-Big South First Team for his junior and senior year and in 2006, he was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region Team. Gilkerson has also played for the Hampton Roads Piranhas (PDL).

Player Information:

#12 Danleigh Borman
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
DOB: 1/25/1986 in Cape Town, South Africa
Previous Club/College: University of Rhode Island
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

#13 Kevin Mesa
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
DOB: 9/26/1987 in Elmhurst, NY
Previous Club/College: New York Red Bulls Under-20 Team
Hometown: Queens, NY

#1 Danny Cepero
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
DOB: 4/22/1985 in Baldwin, NY
Previous Club/College: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Baldwin, NY

#40 Caleb Patterson-Sewell
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
DOB: 5/20/1987 in Hendersonville, TN
Previous Club/College: Cleveland City Stars (USL-2)
Hometown: Gatton, Australia

#16 John Gilkerson
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
DOB: 5/4/1985 in Winchester, VA
Previous Club/College: Winthrop University
Hometown: Winchester, VA

 

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Red Bulls tie USL's Battery

Posted on 17 March 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls played the Charleston Battery to a 1-1 tie in their make-up opener to the 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup at Charleston, S.C.’s Blackbaud Stadium Sunday. Trialist Kevin Mesa scored for Red Bull in the 78th minute, only four minutes after being subbed in for rookie Danleigh Borman. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, himself a second half substitute, got the assist. “The defender wasn’t marking me very well and I took the opportunity, made a run, got the ball…and just flicked it in,” Mesa told ASN after the game.The goalscorer (c) CSA/Julia Fizer

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Battery countered on the very next play. David Kenga grabbed the unassisted equalizer for the hosts and the 1-1 score remained until the final whistle. “We had plenty of chances to win the game,” assistant coach Richie Williams said afterwards. “Unfortunately we didn’t…but overall it’s an exhibition game and we’re building for the season. It would have been nice to win but a draw’s okay and hopefully we’ll build on this for the next two games.” With Juan Carlos Osorio away “scouting players in South America,” as the team’s official word states (rumors are he will come back with one or maybe even two new signings), Williams assumed head coaching duties for the day. Osorio will be back “in the next couple of days,” Williams said, presumably in time for the team’s next game Wednesday night.
Echeverry gets upended (c) ASN/Julia Fizer
New York was short four starters, with Jozy Altidore and Hunter Freeman on national team duty, Dane Richards injured and Dave van den Bergh absent for undisclosed reasons. Altidore was replaced by Oscar Echeverry, the team’s sole veteran acquisition so far this off-season.

Kevin Goldthwaite started for Freeman on the back line, with a pair of rookies, Luke Sassano and Danleigh Borman, filling in for Richards and van den Bergh, respectively. Borman, a 23 year-old South Africa native selected in the Supplemental Draft out of the University of Rhode Island, has impressed in pre-season and did so again today. “Danleigh was good,” said Williams of the rookie’s performance today. “His crosDanleigh Borman (c) ASN/Julia Fizersing was good. He served up some good balls for our forwards.” Williams and Red Bull personnel implied Borman would factor into the team’s regular season lineup as well, perhaps as a starter. The team is thin at left wing and Borman’s solid fundamentals (a rarity from left-footers in MLS) and pace are a nice fit.

Borman saw a lot of touches and was responsible for many of New York’s best chances in the first half. Several times placing crosses directly onto the foreheads of Red Bull forwards. In the 19th minute he found Juan Pablo Angel, who headed the ball narrowly over the bar. In the 37th, his freekick from the right flank found Mike Magee, whose header hit the outside post. Borman also took the team’s corners from the right side.
“I think it was a good exercise in general,” Angel said of the game. “We need to get ourselves match fit–that’s probably the main concern right now.” Claudio ReyStammler chases down a loose ball (c) ASN/Julia Fizerna echoed Angel’s sentiments. “Today Charleston did very well to make it difficult for us…it takes time when you have three or four guys getting their feet wet it’s not going to just happen overnight, but it was encouraging; a lot of guys did well.”

Reyna said he was hopeful for better luck with his health this season. “I feel very strong at the moment. I’ve been working out very hard. This preseason, I haven’t missed a day of training–I feel very good. I just want it to continue.”

With the tie, the teams are tied for second place after one round of play in the tournament. The expansion San Jose Earthquakes, with three points from Saturday’s victory over Toronto FC, are first. Red Bull faces Toronto next, on Wednesday night, before concluding the tournament against San Jose Saturday.

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