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Edson Buddle's early goal gives Galaxy 1-0 win over Red Bulls

Posted on 15 August 2010 by dkarell

After a win mid-week win over Toronto F.C, the Red Bulls were unable to keep the momentum going against Los Angeles on Saturday night, where they lost 1-0.

Sometimes, one silly mistake can hurt you in a big way. Rafa Marquez, making his home debut for the Red Bulls, lost possession of the ball in the middle of the field to LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho. He expertly put Edson Buddle through on goal, and he easily finished for his league leading 13th goal of the season.

Overall, the Red Bulls didnt play so poorly as you would think by the scoreline.

Early on, Red Bull midfielder Dane Richards used his speed to get past Galaxy defender Ivan DeLaGarza on the right wing on numerous occations, only to see his crosses defended well by the Galaxy defense.

Other times, the Red Bulls tried playing through the middle, or sending balls over top. But both captain Juan Pablo Angel and his strike partner Thierry Henry were not sharp during the match. The Red Bulls were whistled for offsides eight times, many of them on Angel. And while some of them were disputed, eight offsides in a match is not good. Angel leads Major League Soccer with 36 times being whistled for offsides in 20 games played.

In the second half, the Red Bulls seemed to slow down their pace, most likely due to the tired legs they are playing with. Saturday’s game was their third in seven days.

And despite bringing in Mac Kandji and Sinisa Ubiparipovic in the second half, the Red Bulls were unable to equalize, and even just get through a strong Los Angeles defense.

Current U.S. international Omar Gonzalez and former U.S. international Gregg Berhalter combined to shut down two of the best strikers in the world, in Henry and Angel.

And U.S. star Landon Donovan had a good game too, especially in the second half, springing plenty of counter attacks once the Red Bulls had pushed numbers forward.

For the Red Bulls, it was not the greatest performance and debut from Marquez, who most likely was a bit tired from playing with Mexico against Spain in a friendly on Wednesday.

His delivery on free kicks was top notch, but he was pretty quiet throughout the rest of his time in the match.

With the loss, New York still sits in second place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, still five ahead of Toronto, and six back from Columbus.

The Red Bulls now must regroup, and practice their passing in the final third of the field, before they head to Toronto for a match with the Reds next Saturday night, August 21.

Match Facts:

Scoring Summary:

LA — Edson Buddle 13 (Juninho 2) 10

Misconduct Summary:

NY — Juan Pablo Angel (caution; Dissent) 59

NY — Roy Miller (caution; Reckless Foul) 76

Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, A.J. DeLaGarza, Michael Stephens, Chris Birchall (Chris Klein 83), Juninho (Jovan Kirovski 90), Landon Donovan, Tristan Bowen (Mike Magee 61), Edson Buddle.

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Jordan, Eddie Lewis, Leonardo, Josh Saunders.

New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Rafael Marquez (Macoumba Kandji 71), Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere, Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 85).

Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Mike Petke, Carl Robinson, Seth Stammler, Greg Sutton.

Referee: Mark Geiger

Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor, Peter Manikowski

4th Official: Mark Kadlecik

Weather: Partly cloudy and 76 degrees

Attendance: 25,000

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Six

Posted on 02 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Los Angeles continued a tear that saw the Philadelphia Union succumb to an organized attack led by Edson Buddle and skipper Landon Donovan. Buddle scored his 8th and 9th goals in 6 games but even more impressively, dished out an assist on an early 53-second goal scored by AJ DeLaGarza. Joe Cannon helped San Jose to their third win of the season as San Jose doesn’t look like an expansion team anymore. 32-year old Andy Williams defied age and was the engine of a Real Salt Lake squad that wore down a young Toronto FC side. Only one repeat inclusions this week, Chicago’s Wilman Conde was the star of a Chicago defense that eked a point out of a tough match vs. Chivas USA.  

ASN’s Best XI, Week Six

GK: Joe Cannon, San Jose – 7.5

Cannon was the best of the goalkeepers this week, taking care of whatever it was the Rapids threw at him (particularly Conor Casey). And that was a lot. It was Cannon’s 70th career MLS shutout and gave San Jose their third win of the year.

DF: AJ DeLa Garza, Los Angeles – 7

The pint-sized fullback was up and down the left flank all game, posing a real threat to Philadelphia’s Cristian Arrieta. Made a promise to former Maryland teammate and Philadelphia keeper Chris Seitz that he would score on him. Promptly did so in the first minute of the game, receiving a well-struck ball from Player of the Week Edson Buddle.

DF: Wilman Conde, Chicago – 7

Shut down most of the middle of the field and did well with his passing. It’s Conde’s second Best XI appearance this season, second consecutive as well.

DF: Jamison Olave, Real Salt Lake – 7.5

After getting knocked out early in the match while contesting a corner, Olave promptly responded by slamming home the opening goal and physically dominating TFC all night long. This is Olave’s second inclusion in ASN’s Best XI.

MF: Andy Williams, Real Salt Lake – 8

Easily the man of the match. Williams played a part in both goals and much of the positive play all evening. His 42nd minute strike awakened memories of old and proved that Williams still has something left in the tank at 32 years old.

MF: Dane Richards, New York – 8

Brilliant work on the first goal, which turned out to be the game winner. Did well otherwise. Saw him track back defensively to pick up a DC player on the completely opposite end of the pitch. Much better decision-making as well. Made the smart, short passes, other than try to win a sprint to the endline. Should have had a second assist but Ibrahim blew the header from point blank range. His best game of the season, by far.

MF: Atiba Harris, FC Dallas – 8

Probably his best match in FCD uniform. Collected a goal and was dangerous all match. Between Harris and David Ferreira there was hope for a gamewinner but FC Dallas still left Gillette Stadium winless.

MF: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles – 8

Took the ball to the box frequently (drew the penalty kick that eventually won a hardfought battle with Real Salt Lake, 1-0). Wasn’t afraid to take a shot and ripped a couple close ones from 20+ yards.

FW: Luis Angel Landin, Houston – 7.5

A name we’re not used to seeing in the mix for a spot in ASN’s Best XI, Landin put in a fine performance vs. the Kansas City Wizards. Davy Arnaud’s ejection in the 34th minute certainly helped but the coupling of Landin and Oduro up front proved too much for a generally cohesive Kansas City backline. Landin registered a goal and an assist. Not DP numbers this season but better than what Dynamo fans are used to.

FW: Edson Buddle, Los Angeles – 9 – ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Buddle added two more upping his season total to 9 goals in 6 games. If that’s not a “give me a chance” plea to Bob Bradley, I don’t know what is. His most impressive play of the night, however, was the assist to AJ DeLaGarza 53 seconds into the match. A perfectly weighted ball. It is his third win of the Player of the Week honors.

FW: Dominic Oduro, Houston – 8

Oduro had two assists in a dominant Dynamo win over the Kansas City Wizards. It looked like he never stopped running.

Who was missing in this week’s Best XI? What did you think of Edson Buddle’s performance? Does it warrant a look from Bob Bradley ahead of this summer’s World Cup?


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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Four

Posted on 19 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Edson Buddle cannot be stopped. With his tally now sitting at 7 goals in 4 games, Landon Donovan is wondering when he is going to get his turn. The Galaxy have continued to win against strong opponents and Landon Donovan has yet to take the reins. Ike Opara showed us why he probably shouldn’t have been left off Week Three’s Best XI with solid defensive play vs. New England and his second professional goal. Bouna Coundoul, however, really stole the show this week vs. FC Dallas – especially in the second half – as he bounced back from last weekend’s ugly gaffe and made sure that the Red Bulls had the chance to come away with three. The big question is – who gets the nod for ASN’s Player of the Week?

ASN’s Best XI, Week Four

GK: Bouna Coundoul (New York) – 9

If it weren’t for Atiba Harris’ second-half header off the crossbar (Coundoul was caught off his line on that play was very nearly punished) there would be little to keep him from a perfect score. Several saves from point-blank range were world class but his play away from his line was greatly improved as well. So were his goal kicks, for that matter. A stellar performance. If he can continue to develop his position (i.e. non shot stopping) play there’s really nothing keeping this guy from becoming one of the great goalkeepers.

DF: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Seattle) – 7.5

Monster effort defensively. Completely shut down Josh Wolff, and covered for his teammates multiple times on potential defensive breakdowns.

DF: Ike Opara (San Jose) – 7.5

Opara had the chance to grab his second professional goal late in the first half when he almost redirected a Convey corner but Preston Burpo held on. After keeping the Revolution relatively quiet throughout, he finally got his chance on offense again with about 20 minutes. Another Bobby Convey corner found Opara at the back post where the Wake Forest grad towered above advancing defenders to nod home the clincher.

DF: Mike Chabala (Houston) – 8

Chabala was a key part of the Dynamo’s win. This is a young man who has become the definition of resilience. When he’s down, he gets back up, and you can bet he wont make the same mistake twice. He had two assists against Chivas USA, including one on Palmer’s 30-yard strike.

MF: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle) – 7

All over the pitch on defense, and even played up in the attack more towards the end of the game when a goal was necessary.

MF: Lovel Palmer (Houston) – 8.5

Palmer was a very pleasant surprise for Dynamo fans. He had a textbook strike from 30 yards that gave the Dynamo a 2-0 lead in the 19th minute. Palmer played excellent defense and was able to limit Chivas USA midfielder Sasha Klejstan’s effectiveness.

MF: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles) – 7.5

Donovan’s service has been close to flawless this season and Edson Buddle has reaped all of the benefit. He has been consistent in his play and once Edson Buddle starts cooling off, you can bet Donovan will start turning up the heat.

MF: Joel Lindpere (New York) -8

His best game since Chicago. His energy and work rate were terrific. Great play on the equalizer. Wouldn’t be surprised if he led the team in touches. Also helped out a lot defensively with some key tackles.

MF/FW: Dwayne DeRosario (Toronto FC) – 7.5

Two converted PKs and a gift goal of sorts still makes for a good week. Toronto FC were somewhat lucky to win against Philadelphia and that luck ran out vs. Conor Casey and the Rapids. Without DeRosario, however, Toronto FC would not have 3 points out of this week. Just like Edson Buddle has every goal for Los Angeles, Dwayne DeRosario has the same for Toronto FC. ASWithout DeRo, the Reds might be sitting at the bottom with D.C. United.

FW: Brian McBride (Chicago) – 8

Edson Buddle ©ASN/Terry McLaughlin"

ASN Player of the Week Edson Buddle ©ASN/Terry McLaughlin"

McBride came on and immediately took the game into his hands. The vet set up Marco Pappa for the game-winning goal and then he had the presence of mind and awareness to head home an Andrew Dykstra bomb right past a surprised Troy Perkins to make it 2-0. Chicago needed the win and McBride delivered.

FW: Edson Buddle (Los Angeles) – 9 – ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Keeping his streak alive, Buddle has made his fourth consecutive appearance on an ASN Best XI and his second Player of the Week honor. Buddle’s production looks a little bit like Eddie Johnson’s early USMNTflurry. If you turn the service spigot off, will be Buddle be able to create on his own? His second goal vs. Real Salt Lake was promising, however. A quick touch and confidence to shoot from the top of the box. Is time to give Edson a chance?

Who do you feel was snubbed in Week Four’s Best XI? Was it Joe Cannon in San Jose’s first win of the season? Or Conor Casey with his spot-kick proficiency for Colorado? How about worst performance of the week – who should get a nod for that?


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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Two

Posted on 05 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

In a light week of fixtures thanks to the Holiday weekend, there were still some fireworks. A slow D.C. United start continued (which makes them only hungrier for this weekend’s match-up vs. the Union) and two PKs shocked a Real Salt Lake squad that, if it weren’t for Jamison Olave’s charitable nature, looked relatively good for the win. Joel Lindpere (RBNY) and Edson Buddle (Los Angeles) followed up last week’s Best XI performances with yet another impressive showing.

The only glaring omission seems to be Colorado’s Omar Cummings who was pushed out due to great performances on the striker front from Buddle, RBNY’s Kandji, and New England’s super-sub Kenny Mansally.

GK: Preston Burpo (New England) – 7

There were several shutouts throughout the league over Easter weekend but Burpo put in the most complete performance of them all. Coundoul was shaky yet again while . If Burpo (an offseason pick-up following the xit of Brad Knighton to Philadelphia) continues to play like this, Matt Reis can take all the time in the world to get back to 100%. His kick-save on a dangerous Santino Quaranta free-kick was the save the week.

DF: Roy Miller (New York) – 7

Spotted just one mistake in the first half, when an errant pass led to a Sounders chance. Was a rock in the second, however. Dispossessed Ljungberg a few times in the attacking third and locked down his part of the field, where the action was hotter in the late stages of the game. – ASN New York

DF: Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles) – 7

Alongside the young Brazilian in defense, Gonzalez is now the “veteran” of the backline. Last season, it was Gonzalez taking the orders from Gregg Berhalter but with Berhalter injured, Omar has had to step up as the leader. Chivas USA had their chances but for the most part the Galaxy held things together defensively.

DF: Sean Franklin (Los Angeles) – 6.5

Aside from his quality performance on the defensive end, Franklin sent in the pinpoint cross that connected with a diving Edson Buddle for the gamewinner. Both Dunivant and Franklin looked good closing down any Chivas USA flank play but Franklin gets the nod with his service on Buddle’s 7th minute header.

MF: Brad Davis (Houston) – 6.5

If converting two penalties to beat one of the best teams in the league in Real Salt Lake doesn’t grab you a spot on the Best XI, I don’t know what will. Aside from Davis and Geoff Cameron, Houston was pretty un-inspiring but – as usual – they found a way to win.

MF: Joel Lindpere (New York) – 7

Did his part launching attacks in the first half. In the second his role was obviously more defensive, which makes sense with a 1-0 lead. And he did that well also. A stabilizing influence on the team overall. – ASN New York

MF: Chris Tierney (New England) – 7

Tierney is much improved this season and was everywhere in New England’s 2-0 win over D.C. United. The Boston-area native caused trouble on left side all game and started the play that led to Mansally’s game-winner. His long passing was a difference-maker.

Edson Buddle ©ASN/Terry McLaughlin"FW: Edson Buddle (Los Angeles) – 8.5 – ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK

He was given the chance to put two away and he followed through on both. Buddle’s execution has been clinical so far this season, scoring every Galaxy goal in 2010. We’ll let Bruce Arena recap his performance:

Edson’s been great. His ability to hold the ball up under pressure is outstanding. I think at times tonight in the first half he was caught up on his own a little bit. He did an outstanding job in getting ahold of the ball and being dangerous individually or bringing his teammates into the game. He’s had a remarkable start to the season. – ESPN Soccernet

FW: Macoumba Kandji (New York) – 8

If I didn’t know better I’d almost think he read and took to heart last week’s rating, when I wrote “Mac needs to lighten up on the stepovers and backheels and go back to fundamentals. Make runs, move the ball…” He did exactly that and the result was an entirely different attacking game for the Red Bulls. Scoring the winning goal was nice enough; he did well to find a spot and then position his body to deposit the ball in the roof of the net when it bounced his way. Better still were some of his passes, particularly in the second half; the one to Borman should have resulted in the second goal but went wanting (see Richards, Dane). Kandji just seems more comfortable in a withdrawn forward role, hopefully he’ll see more opportunities in this position. – ASN New York

FW: Kenny Mansally (New England) – 8

Mansally had a little over 20 minutes to make a difference and he exceeded most everybody’s expectations. Two gorgeous goals spoiled D.C. United’s home opener (in front of 20,000+) and gave the Revolution something to be happy about as they wait for their list of walking wounded to return.

From first to worst? RSL’s Jamison Olave, part of ASN’s Week One Best XI, made two errant mistakes and single-handedly went from first to worst by gifting Houston two PK’s in a 2-1 win. Salt Lake’s talisman Javier Morales grabbed his third goal of the season and Seattle’s Steve Zakuani put in another industrial performance but were left off the Best XI.

Let us know who should make the bench or should not have been left out of the Best XI.

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