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

Posted on 22 March 2010 by ASN Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RBNY media day videos

Posted on 16 March 2010 by ASN Staff

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

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

The all time First XI MetroBulls:

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

Practice Videos

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W Connection draws W Connection 2-2, RBNY benefits

Posted on 31 July 2009 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls were able to take advantage of a pair of own goals by Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection to escape the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League qualifier with a 2-2 draw. The result spares the Red Bulls another embarrassing loss and leaves the team in an advantageous position going into the return leg at Giants Stadium on Wednesday. But that’s about it, as far as positives go.

Rojas did a lot of this, again.

New York was once again without ideas in midfield, its attack lethargic at best, its defense porous and mistake prone (and unable to protect a late one goal lead) and its goalkeeping shoddy. In other words, exactly what the team has being doing in MLS competition these past three months. The only difference was that W Connection are even worse than MLS clubs and the Red Bulls got lucky. The two own goals in particular were really all that kept the scenario we first envisioned from playing out.

Nor did we really see any of the “rally” that one blogger cited, or renewed resolve after the team went down 1-0. It was really more of the same. Ernst Oebster did not impress either. Most of the time he seemed to be running around rather cluelessly (in fairness to him, this is somewhat to be expected from a first game with a new team). The veterans, led by Jorge Rojas, were their usual bumbling selves. Juan Pablo Angel still looks to be in a deep slump. Dane Richards had a nice run or two and even managed a serviceable cross, but remains the same limited player he has been since coming into the league two years ago. On the whole, it was the same stuff we’ve seen all year: short passes in the defensive midfield, which if they weren’t turned over culminated in long balls to the forwards that invariably went nowhere. Hardly the type of thing you want to build on. So yeah, color us skeptics on this one.

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Is there any reason to hope the CCL qualifier will be different?

Posted on 29 July 2009 by ASN Staff

There are two ways to take this question:
1. In light of the New York Red Bulls’ pathetic performance these last months, is there any reason to believe the team might be able to mount a challenge against Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection in its two-legged CONCACAF Champions League qualifier?

2. Should Red Bulls fans really hope for success in the CCL if all it accomplishes is that Juan Carlos Osorio, Jeff Agoos or Erik Stover (or worse yet, all three) get to keep their jobs, possibly into next season or (shudder) even longer?

Krupnik spent a lot of his first game chasing the ball

The answer to the first question is easy: No. There is no evidence, scientific or otherwise, that the Red Bulls will have any more of a chance against the Trinidadian club than they did against any of the MLS sides they played over the last three months. The team’s performance its last two games, in a 3-1 home loss to the LA Galaxy and 4-0 beatdown in Colorado, was more pathetic than ever. If anything, it is moving backwards–as hard as that may be to believe. Its newest acquisitions–Leo Krupnik, Bouna Kondoul and Ernst Obster–do absolutely nothing to address the team’s various shortcomings. Its coach remains unwilling to budge on tactical or lineup strategies and continues to make decisions that boggle the mind.

Optimists may point to last season’s unlikely postseason run as evidence that Osorio and the Red Bulls have the capability to pull some magic out of their proverbial hats. After all, didn’t the team limp into the playoffs on the heels of a 5-2 beatdown at Chicago in the regular season finale? Didn’t it defeat the defending MLS Cup champions in the first round of the playoffs? After Osorio had made wholesale changes to his lineup, no less?

Yes, but believe in a repeat performance at your peril. For one, last year’s playoff run was a fluke. For another, it was largely the work of one man, Dave van den Bergh, who is no longer with the club. Third, the team actually managed to score a few goals late last season, not only at Chicago but in the penultimate regular season game against Columbus (a 3-1 victory) and even in the sloppy 5-4 defeat to Colorado a month earlier. This year? In the past five games the team has scored exactly once in a non-penalty situation.

Here’s what will happen in the first leg: The Red Bulls will play a 4-5-1 with Angel as the lone striker. The rest of the lineup is a bit of a question mark, but the following are likely: Nick Zimmerman will start on the bench again, because, well, he’s the one player who actually proved he can do anything with the ball. Perhaps Obster will start in Zimmerman’s place. Krupnik, who did so well last time, will start in central defense even though Seth Stammler would be better-suited to the job. Maybe Khano Smith will start, just because. Jorge Rojas should definitely start because he’s such a stud.

If the team makes it through the first 40 minutes without yielding a goal, it will do so in the waning moments of the half or in first half stoppage time. Maybe even twice. It will then be completely discouraged going into the locker room, though Osorio probably won’t make any substitutions. W Connection will score at least once more after that, presumably at the very end of the game just when Red Bull fans were thinking that maybe, just maybe they had a chance in the return leg. Maybe New York will get lucky and score one of their own, just to mess with their fans’ minds. The final result will probably be 3-1, 4-1 or 3-0. Either way, the return leg shouldn’t matter much though of course some fans will hold out hope. A few might even attend the game.

Now for the second question.

It would be foolish to think the authorities in Salzburg will take any action against Stover/Agoos/Osorio if and when the team fails to advance. The Austrian owners have done virtually nothing for the team since their first season in charge and we don’t expect that to change now. Especially when Osorio’s contract is guaranteed through the end of the season, as it is said to be.

But it would be just as naive to think the Austrian overlords will fire Osorio (and hopefully Agoos, if not Stover) no matter how the rest of the season turns out. Again: Salzburg has from all appearances taken a completely hands-off approach to this team. If somehow, miracle of all miracles, the Red Bulls manage to turn around the season–say, finish with a string of MLS wins in addition to making the CCL group stage–Osorio and Agoos can use the “body of work” argument to make the case for keeping their jobs through 2010 and beyond. For all we know the Austrians might even listen. Maybe they’ll even agree. These are the people who brought us Adolf Hitler and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The country seems to produce off-the-cuff people who might just favor an avant-garde approach to managing their New York outpost.

Then again, this team is just too lousy (on all levels) to manage even that kind of rebound. It won’t happen. If anything is certain in this season of misery, it’s that.

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