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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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TFC, new signings head to Hollywood circus

Posted on 11 April 2008 by Scott Ferguson

Toronto FC’s 0 and 2 start to the 2008 Major League Soccer season has some fans looking angrily back towards last year’s inaugural campaign, where they lost their first four matches going scoreless in the process. A 2-0 loss in Chivas last year was followed by a 4-0 rout in New England, and it was deja vu this year, with the club falling by a deuce in Columbus and looking set to lose by four at DC United. There was one crucial difference, however, as Maurice Edu popped up at the death to send a looping header past United keeper Zach Wells to make it 4-1 — a minor blip on the scoresheet, perhaps, but a moment that could resonate with the confidence of Edu and his TFC teammates.

Ahead of Sunday’s visit to LA Galaxy, Edu, who was last season’s rookie of the year, will be joined in the midfield by two new arrivals. Laurent Robert joined the club in time to take part in the DC loss and looked bright, but it was a case of being the best of a bad bunch against the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup semifinalists. Another attacking player, Amado Guevara, has been signed in time for the LA trip and is likely to slot in at the head of a five-man midfield with Edu and Carl Robinson behind him.

The Honduran midfielder, 2005 league MVP with New York Red Bull, has been playing in his native country with Motagua after falling out with Chivas USA management at the start of last season. While his temperament means that the top MLS clubs weren’t lining up to re-sign the enigmatic midfielder, the BMO Field faithful are hoping that a sold out stadium with a passionate fan base will bring the best out of Guevara. Until his signing, the club were lacking options in midfield, forced to play either a flat four or a five-man line with youngster Tyler Hemming in the center.

With the midfield set, the only question marks for the Reds relates to the starting positions at the front and back. Head coach John Carver will have to choose between Jeff Cunningham’s pace and Danny Dichio’s power at the business end of the pitch, while defenders Tyrone Marshall and Marco Velez weren’t at their best in Washington, conceding two goals in the first six minutes. The alternative, New Zealand international defender Andrew Boyens, doesn’t seem to have made an impression on Carver in preseason despite a fine 2007 campaign.
More signings could be on the way to Toronto. Former Birmingham defender Olivier Tébily has been spotted on trial in the Queen City having dinner with Robert. The French defender would offer much-needed stability to the back line, and will have been hoping to impress Carver along with fellow triallist Rohan Ricketts. The ex-Barnsley winger would fill a gap on the right side of TFC’s midfield.

For Los Angeles, starting a season with a healthy David Beckham is better than any new signing, although new arrival Carlos Ruiz has provided much-needed ammunition up front. Along with Landon Donovan, Beckham struck against traditional rivals San Jose Earthquakes last week to earn the club’s first win of 2008. LA will be looking to make it two wins from two at the Home Depot Center and pass the .500 mark after starting the season with a 4-0 loss in Colorado.

Each squad has one player who might have some inside information on the opposition. Canadian Kevin Harmse was a regular in Ruud Gullit’s Galaxy squad last season, the hard-tackling foil to Beckham and Donovan’s flair. He joined up with Toronto in the offseason, and while Harmse will miss out on the LA game after his ejection in DC, his knowledge of their tactics will almost certainly have been utilized by the TFC management. Striker Edson Buddle went in the opposite direction early last season, and much has changed at both clubs since his move, but he knows first-hand what it’s like playing alongside Danny Dichio and — from this brief spell in New York — Amado Guevara.

Much is at stake for both sides, with Toronto eager to enter their home opener on April 19th with at least one point in the bag. Finding a winning momentum early on could be the difference in TFC’s playoff hunt. For manager Gullit and his Los Angeles side, every home game means pressure to succeed in front of the HDC crowd and the world media. Much will depend on how quickly the Canadian club’s new signings adjust to life in their new surroundings, with a trial by fire awaiting them in LA.

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Galaxy finish third at PPC

Posted on 25 February 2008 by ASN Staff

David Beckham had a pair of assists as the Galaxy avenged an earlier exhibition loss to Sydney FC.

David Beckham had a pair of assists as the Galaxy avenged an earlier exhibition loss to Sydney FC. (AP)

The Los Angeles Galaxy secured a third-place finish in the Pan-Pacific Championship, beating Sydney FC 2-1 at Aloha Stadium on Saturday night. Spurred on by two assists from England midfielder David Beckham, the MLS side ensured their trip to Hawaii ended on a high note.

Rookie Ely Allen put the Galaxy ahead after just three minutes, firing in an excellent volley from Beckham’s perfect cross-field pass.

Brendan Renaud pulled Sydney FC back level after 42 minutes, unleashing a superb left-foot drive from 30 yards out that flew into the top corner.

But the Galaxy was able to re-establish control almost immediately — and Beckham was involved in the action once again.

Goalkeeper Ivan Necevski could not hold on to Beckham’s low cross from the right, and Josh Tudela slid the ball home.

“This is a good start to our preseason,” said Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit. “We are making good progress and I am pleased with how things have gone in Hawaii.”

Said his Sydney counterpart John Kosmina: “It has been very tough for us out here but we have gained from the experience. It has been a long year for us and the boys will be pleased to get a bit of rest in.”

Sydney FC’s offseason now officially begins, while the Galaxy will fly on to Asia to continue their preseason tour.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Sydney FC
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Scoring Summary:
LA — Ely Allen 3
SYD — Brendan Renaud 42
LA — Josh Tudela 45

Los Angeles Galaxy: 1-Steve Cronin (31-Josh Wicks 46), 3-Greg Vanney, 7-Chris Klein, 12-Troy Roberts, 29-Michael Gavin, 15-Alvaro (28-Sean Franklin 67), 19-Josh Tudela (32-Brandon McDonald 50), 23-David Beckham, 27-Bryan Jordan, 4-Edson Buddle, 26-Ely Allen. Substitutes not used: 24-Julian Valentin, 22-Kelly Gray

Sydney FC: 20-Ivan Necevski, 2-Iain Fyfe, 5-Ryan Walsh, 6-Tony Popovic, 26-Brendan Renaud, 10-Steve Corica (21-Adam Biddle 65), 14-Alex Brosque, 15-Terry McFlynn, 29-Mark Robertson (17-Jacob Timpano 57), 11-Brendon Santalab, 13-Benjamin Vidaic (7-Robbie Middleby 57 / 3-Nikolas Tsattalios 81). Substitutes not used: 1-Clint Bolton, 12-Patrick, 9-David Zdrilic

Misconduct Summary
LA — Michael Gavin (caution) 49
SYD — Terry McFlynn (caution) 49
SYD — Mark Robertson (caution) 50

Referee: Brian Hall
Referee’s Assistants: Chris Strickland, Frank Anderson
Fourth official: Alex Prus

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Becks, Galaxy To Visit Swamp Saturday, July 19

Posted on 07 February 2008 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls announced their schedule along with the rest of Major League Soccer today. Of paramount interest (at least to casual fans or the general public) is of course the July 19 visit of David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy. That game will once again take place on a mid-summer Saturday night (last year was Aug. 14, if memory serves).

Other home dates of interest: New England visits Saturday, April 19, which is the third weekend of the season. D.C. United comes to town Saturday, Aug. 9, defending champion Houston Dynamo on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 24.

Ten of the team’s home games take place on Saturday night, four on Sunday afternoon and the obligatory one on Thursday night, which is exactly the same as last year. But the team’s three home dates in April are one more than last year, which could crimp attendance figures. So could the pair of October home games (last season Red Bull had only one).

The away schedule is somewhat more conducive to road trips (for passionate fans in the area) than last year’s, which featured midweek trips to D.C. and Toronto. In 2008, both D.C. trips are for Saturday night games, though Toronto is once again on Thursday night. The team also makes one trip to New England, Saturday Aug. 2.

The complete Red Bulls schedule is on its MLS team page, where you can also order tickets to the home opener. Not sure when Beckham game tickets go on sale.

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Beckham effect II: Sizing up the Red Bulls' 2007 attendance figures

Posted on 18 October 2007 by ASN Staff

The previous post on the improving Major League Soccer attendance figures led me (via the comments page–thanks mountainmadeofsteam) to look at how the Red Bulls’ attendance numbers match up to those of prior seasons. But before I go there, a few clarifications are in order: First of all, I don’t know of any proof for this, but AEG is widely suspected of having been a little creative with attendance figures during the years they owned the team (that would be 2002-05). While we don’t know for sure that AEG did this, we can say with 100% certainty that they engaged in some sleight-of-hand by counting international doubleheaders as their own attendance. This even though there was–quite literally-only a small fraction of fans left in the stands for the Metro portion of the doubleheader. To illustrate, take May 31, 2005: according to official MLS records, the Metros-Chicago Fire game that day had paid attendance of 50,807. Except, that MLS game came the same day as a certain England versus Colombia friendly. I was there that day and can tell you with absolute certainty there weren’t 50,000 fans in the stands watching the MLS game. An overwhelming majority of them left after the final whistle of England-Colombia.
Still, for our purposes I have taken the historic attendance figures at face value. Why? It’s just too difficult and time-consuming, at this point at least, to go through every single year and every single game to remove the doubleheader games from the equation. But enough blather. Here are the franchise’s historical average attendance figures:

1996 23,898
1997 16,893
1998 16,520
1999 14,706
2000 17,621
2001 20,806
2002 18,155
2003 15,822
2004 17,195
2005 15,077
2006 14,570
2007 16,530

You can see for yourself how this year measures up: The highest attendance since 2004, reversing a two year decline. Without the Beckham game the average is 12,979, which, somewhat shockingly, is the franchise’s worst ever. But wait! There’s more: This year included two home games that really shouldn’t have happened. The first one (on Mother’s Day) was just an unfortunate hand that was dealt by the MLS schedule maker. Only 7,802 showed up for that one. The second event was the infamous monsoon game of April 15, which just happened to be the team’s home opener. A whopping 8,865 were brave enough to turn out for that one. If we’re going to exclude the Beckham game from the equation, we should at least run the numbers without the lowest-attended game this season, on Mother’s Day, as well. (I think that’s called the mean? Or maybe it’s the median. Can’t remember). That number: 13,378. Which would still be the worst-ever in franchise history. Okay, so let’s exclude the Monsoon game as well. Without that game, the Mother’s Day game and the Beckham game, the average attendance is (drumroll please): 13,754. Still an all-time low.

Bottom line: Don’t diss Beckham’s impact, even for this franchise.

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