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Petke (back) in, Cichero out

Posted on 27 November 2008 by ASN Staff

Petke has played more games for his new/old club than any other player

The New York Red Bulls selected longtime Metro Mike Petke in today’s MLS Waiver Draft after the Bohemia, N.Y. native was dropped by the Colorado Rapids. The team also announced it had waived defender Gabriel Cichero, midfielder Gordon Kljestan and forward Sainey Touray.

Petke, 32, played in 134 games for the MetroStars, starting in 129 – a club all-time high – and logging 11,520 minutes from 1998 to 2002. He was initially selected by New York in the first round (eight overall) of the 1998 College Draft and helped New York win the 2000 Eastern Division Title. He was traded on Dec. 23, 2002 to D.C. United, along with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and an allocation for defender Eddie Pope, forward Jaime Moreno and midfielder and current Red Bulls assistant coach Richie Williams.

Petke played three seasons with United, making 48 appearances and helping it win the 2004 MLS Cup. Petke was traded to Colorado during the 2005 season on May 23 for midfielder Chris Henderson. In 2008, Petke made 11 appearances and 10 starts while scoring two goals. One of those goals came against the Red Bulls in a 5-4 Rapids win on Sept. 27 at Giants Stadium. The 6-2, 191-pound defender has earned two caps for the U.S. National Team and was a two-time MLS All-Star (2000-2002). The former Southern Connecticut State University product has accumulated 13 goals and four assists in 272 games played in his 11-year career.

Cichero was signed from Deportivo Italia of the Venezuelan First Division. He made eight starts for New York, most recently in the 5-2 loss at Chicago that concluded the team’s regular season schedule. The Venezuelan international never really found his form for Juan Carlos Osorio and made several costly mistakes for the Red Bulls, including several in a 3-1 home loss to Toronto FC on Oct. 5.

Kljestan was signed on June 25, 2008. The former Los Angeles Galaxy player featured in eight MLS Reserve League games this season. New York signed Touray on Aug. 29, 2008. Touray, who previously played for Wallidan FC of The Gambian First Division, made six appearances for the Red Bulls, scoring two goals.

Player Fact file: Mike Petke

Height: 6-2
Weight: 191 lbs.
DOB: Jan 30, 1976 in Bohemia, NY
Previous Club: Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Hometown: Bohemia, N.Y.

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Red Bulls succumb to TFC, 3-1

Posted on 05 October 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

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The New York Red Bulls lost a game they needed to win, allowing three goals to a team that had never scored at Giants Stadium and not scored more than one in a match since June. Toronto FC’s Chad Barrett scored two of these for the visitors, including the go-ahead goal in the 65th minute after “Metro reject” Marvell Wynne blew by the entire Red Bulls defense on a breakaway.

It was a disappointing night for New York, which played well at times–certainly lightyears better than it had in the 5-4 loss to Colorado a week prior. But the Red Bulls were undone by a first half defensive fowl-up by Gabriel Cichero that put the visitors up and it was Cichero’s forward run on a freekick that left the team exposed at the back on TFC’s second goal. Cichero’s performance against Colorado led him to be pulled at halftime.

Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio didn’t point the finger at the Venezuelan defender this time. “He was doing okay…until the goal, but then after that it probably got stuck in his mind and was probably was doubtful on some plays,” said Osorio before adding. “We all are responsible.”

Dane Richards’ third goal of the year temporarily tied the game at one four minutes into second half, but Barrett’s 65th minute goal gave Toronto the lead for good. Abdus Ibrahim then put the game away, beating Conway off a pass from reserve Johann Smith in the 86th minute.

The loss was the third straight for New York, drops the team to 10-10-8 for the year, and combined with Real Salt Lake’s tie with New England tonight ties the two teams for a wild card playoff spot with 35 points each. The two teams meet in Salt Lake on Thursday night with major playoff implications on the line (ESPN 2).

Match Facts

Toronto FC (8-12-7) vs. New York Red Bulls (9-10-8)
October 4, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:
TOR Barrett (8)
NY — Dane Richards 3 (Juan Pablo Angel 3, Kevin Goldthwaite 2) 49
TOR- Chad Barrett 9 (Marvell Wynne 1) 65
TOR — Abdus Ibrahim 2 (Johann Smith 1) 86

Toronto FC – Greg Sutton, Kevin Harmse, Hunter Freeman, Tyrone Marshall, Jim Brennan, Marvell Wynne, Amado Guevera, Carl Robinson, Rohan Ricketts, Danny Dichio

Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards, Marco Velez Tyler Rosenlund, Jarrod Smith

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Jeff Parke, Gabriel Cichero, Chris Leitch, Kevin Goldthwaite, Juan Pietravallo, Jorge Rojas, Seth Stammler, Dane Richards Mike Magee, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Danny Cepero, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Matthew Mbuta

Misconduct Summary:
NY — Juan Pablo Angel (caution; Reckless Tackle) 35
TOR — Kevin Harmse (caution; Dissent) 35
NY — Jorge Rojas (caution; Delaying a Restart) 37
TOR — Chad Barrett (caution; Reckless Tackle) 56
NY — Jeff Parke (caution; Reckless Foul) 79
NY- Gabriel Cichero (caution; Reckless Foul) 87

Referee: Ramon Hernandez
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Rob Fereday
4th official: Lee Suckle
Time of game: 1:56
Attendance: 13,756
Weather: Clear and 68 degrees

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Rapids outshoot Red Bulls in sloppy night at the Swamp

Posted on 28 September 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker


The Colorado Rapids defeated the New York Red Bulls 5-4 in a rainy Saturday night game at Giants Stadium that was marked by defensive lapses on both sides. Seven of the goals were scored in the first half before the teams settled down a bit in the second. After the two newest members of the Red Bulls, Matthew Mbuta and Macoumba Kandji combined for a pretty goal to tie the game in the 74th minute, Conor Casey completed his hat trick with the game winner goal in the 90th.

“I thought we all were very poor today,” said Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio after the game. “This is the first time in my professional career that a team I have coached conceded four goals in one half. Absolutely terrible.” Asked for a Cliffs Notes version of what he told the team, Osorio replied, “You don’t want to know.”

Of Osorio’s speech defender Jeff Parke said only “He let us know in his own words [that] it’s not acceptable.”

Playing without two starters, Kevin Goldthwaite (red card suspension) and Dave van den Bergh (sports hernia), the Red Bulls started with a three man back line of Diego Jimenez, Gabriel Cichero and Parke. It became clear almost immediately that the defensive formation would not hold water–much less a Colorado team that attacked from the word go.

Omar Cummings put the visitors up after only three minutes when Cichero let Conor Casey walk past him. Jon Conway made the initial save but Cummings slotted home the rebound. After Colorado’s Cory Gibbs returned the favor and gifted Mike Magee the equalizer, Conor Casey again bulled past the Red bull defense and put the Rapids up, 2-1.

To Osorio’s credit, he switched the formation on the fly, moving Carlos Mendes to right back to create a four man back line. The move appeared to work as the Red Bulls slowly regained control of the game. Pablo Mastroeni was called for a hand ball in his own penalty box that gave the Red Bulls a questionable penalty. “It’s extremely harsh on the defender when he gets it rammed into him from a yard away that the referee calls hand ball,” said Rapids interim head coach Gary Smith. “I don’t think it was a case of arm to ball–more a case of ball to arm. In that case I really think a bit of common sense needs to be shown.”

Juan Pablo Angel converted the penalty for New York and Dane Richards put the hosts up 3-2 in the 40th minute. It appeared the Red Bulls had the upper hand and would perhaps even coast to victory against a Colorado Rapids team that has struggled for large portions of the 2008 season.

That was not to be, however, as Colorado came roaring back to equalize and then take the lead. Mike Petke scored the first after the Red Bulls defense failed to clear a corner and Casey converted a penalty to put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half time.

Osorio made another adjustment to start the second half, pulling Cichero for Andrew Boyens. “I think that was a wake up call for him,” Osorio said of the Venezuelan defender. “They [Colorado] played very direct football and he just couldn’t handle it…I think he struggled physically against Casey.” Dane Richards left the game with a hyperextended right knee in the 55th minute. Replacing him was 23-year old forward Macoumba Kandji, signed on loan from USL’s Atlanta Silverbacks earlier this month. Fifteen minutes later, Mbuta got his chance, entering the game in the 70th minute for Carlos Mendes.

The Red Bulls equalized four minutes later on an inspired combination from their two newest players. “It was a great play,” said Kandji after the game. “The right back passed it to me, I passed it back, hit it to [Mbuta], flick it, I go back…couldn’t have put it any better.”

For Mbuta, the goal was only the second time he touched the ball. “When I came in I just did exactly what he [Osorio] asked me to do and I scored the goal,” said Mbuta, who scored against the Red Bulls as a member of USL-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore in that team’s upset of New York in the U.S. Open Cup earlier this season.

Red Bulls player ratings

On scale of 1-10 where 10 is highest.

Conway – 4 – Partially to blame for the first two goals, left hung out to dry on the last three. Didn’t convince, especially when coming off the line.

Parke – 4 – Hard to give a defender a good mark when five goals were conceded. Switched from a right sided back in a 3 man backline to a center back in a 4 man backline and back throughout the match. Lost Conor Casey at the end to give up the winner.

Cichero – 4 – Got mixed up with Conway on the first goal and was abused by Conor Casey on the second goal. Physically overmatched by Casey and also Omar Cummings. Osorio abandoned the three man backline midway through the first half, then pulled Cichero at half time and immediately went back to it. The dreaded halftime sub might be a low point for his season.

Jiminez – 5 – Had all the work to do playing behind Rojas and couldn’t possibly cover enough ground to make it happen. Settled down and had a solid second half.

Richards – 6 – Took a while for him to get involved, but once the Red Bulls started to play more direct, he began to cause problems. Got injured right when he was starting to heat up. Excellent run through the box on his goal.

Pietravallo – 8 – MOTM for NY despite committing the foul that earned Colorado’s penalty. Outstanding workrate in the midfield, and began to assert himself in possession in the second half. Great run to set up the equalizer in the second half.

Rojas – 5 – Better second half cancelled out an awful first half. Was not up for the task of playing as a wide man in a 3-5-2 once again, as he left Jiminez isolated and forced Osorio to move to a 4-4-2. Played well as a quasi-target man in the second half and looked better coming into the middle of the field.

Stammler – 5 – Really was redundant with Pietravallo holding up the middle and Colorado playing mostly over the top. A quiet game for him, but could have been better utilized by his manager.

Mendes – 5 – Could have been more useful on the backline as he spent most of the game watching the ball being played overtop of him. Didn’t add anything to the attack.

Magee – 5 – Failed to impress. Seemingly given a free role by Osorio, he does little to impose himself on the game. Was gifted the first goal, but did little else. When Dave van den Bergh gets healthy it’s unlikely he’ll keep his spot.

Angel – 6 – Invisible in the first half. Very effective in the second half as NY pumped every ball straight into his feet or up high in his direction. Was combining well with Richards when he left the game. Headed a clear chance right at the keeper in the second half.

Boyens – 7 – Came in a calmed down the defense in the second half making some important challenges. Was in the right position on the final goal, but was beaten by the quality of the cross.

Kandji – 6 – Looked uncomfortable with his new teammates, but still managed to create the 4th goal in the second. The physical tools and energy are all there for him to make the second forward spot his.

Mbuta – 7 – Added a spark that the Red Bulls sorely needed when Richards came out. Really threw his body around and combined nicely with Kandji on his goal. Very pacy.

Notes and Observations on the visitors:

Conor Casey was an absolute menace in front of the net. One wonders how many goals he could have scored tonight had Terry Cooke been serving crosses opposite Colin Clark the entire game. He’s definitely Bob Bradley’s type of player, so another game or two like this, and you might be seeing him back in a US kit for the first time since he left the 2005 Gold Cup on a stretcher. He’s got to offer more than Eddie Johnson.

Cory Gibbs, other than his mistake on the first goal, looked fast and athletic. His manager, Gary Smith, was extremely complimentary of him after the game, noting that it might have been the first mistake he’d seen Cory make since he came to the team. What in the world could LA have been thinking passing this guy up?

Pablo Mastroeni looked very lively as well, and should get himself a nice payday in Serie A next season.

How out of favor are Jose Burciaga and Christian Gomez that they can’t crack this lineup ahead of Nick Labrocca and Jordan Harvey?

Match Facts

Colorado Rapids (10-12-4) vs. New York Red Bulls (9-9-8)
September 27, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:
COL — Omar Cummings 6 (unassisted) 3
NY — Mike Magee 5 (unassisted) 5
COL — Conor Casey 6 (Omar Cummings 3) 11
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 11 (penalty kick) 34
NY — Dane Richards 2 (Juan Pietravallo 1, Jorge Rojas 5) 40
COL — Mike Petke 2 (unassisted) 43
COL — Conor Casey 7 (penalty kick) 45
NY — Matthew Mbuta 1 (Macoumba Kandji 1) 74
COL — Conor Casey 8 (Mehdi Ballouchy 4) 90


Colorado Rapids — Preston Burpo, Kosuke Kimura, Cory Gibbs, Mike Petke, Jordan Harvey, Mehdi Ballouchy (Jacob Peterson 94+), Nick LaBrocca (Terry Cooke 79), Pablo Mastroeni, Colin Clark, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings (Greg Dalby 85).

Substitutes Not Used: Jose Burciaga Jr., Christian Gomez, Bouna Coundoul, Ugo Ihemelu

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Jeff Parke, Gabriel Cichero (Andrew Boyens 46), Diego Jimenez, Dane Richards (Macoumba Kandji 55), Juan Pietravallo, Jorge Rojas, Seth Stammler, Carlos Mendes (Matthew Mbuta 70), Mike Magee, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Danny Cepero, Chris Leitch, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, John Wolyniec

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Nick LaBrocca (caution; Reckless Tackle) 13
COL — Conor Casey (caution; Dissent) 35
NY — Carlos Mendes (caution; Reckless Foul) 61
NY — Andrew Boyens (caution; Reckless Tackle) 67
NY — Diego Jimenez (caution; Tactical Foul) 75
COL — Jacob Peterson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 94+

referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Anthony Vasoli; Nate Clement
4th official: Lee Suckle
time of game: 1:53
attendance: 14,795
weather: Showers -and- 68 degrees

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Bulls top TFC for first winning streak of the season

Posted on 18 August 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Finally, the Bulls have something to smile about ©Fernando Rendon/ASN

It took a little while but the New York Red Bulls finally have their first bonafide winning streak of the 2008 season, thanks to its 2-0 defeat of Toronto FC on Sunday evening at Giants Stadium. “Fantastic result… great effort. Some outstanding individual performances,” was how head coach Juan Carlos Osorio summarized matters in the post game press conference.

Asked to specify individual standouts Osorio said “Juan Pietravallo was terrific today in midfield, when he was playing basically by himself as an anchorman…Jon [Conway] came up strong and big when we needed it most… Mike Magee: very effective; Dane Richards when he came in… and Jorge [Rojas].”

Magee put the home team up in the 37th minute on a clearing pass from Seth Stammler for his second goal in as many games (the first time in his career he has scored in back-to-back games). New York buckled down defensively after defender Gabriel Cichero was sent off with a straight red card one minute into the second half.

Cichero saw red, unjustly he felt ©Fernando Rendon/ASN

Cichero’s expulsion came when the Venezuelan defender was judged to have thrown an elbow when contesting a head ball. “I just went up to win the ball,” Cichero recalled afterwards. “I always jump with my arms up to protect my face. If you jump with your arms down you’re going to get hurt.”

Both coach and player thought the straight red card a harsh punishment for incidental contact. “I would like to see the review but I don’t think it was that bad,” said Osorio. “Probably a yellow card but I thought it was a little bit much.”
“The referees are pretty strange here, pretty hard,” said Cichero. “But you just gotta get used to it.”

Rojas makes a run ©Fernando Rendon/ASNAfter the expulsion, the Red Bulls switched to a four man backline with Pietravallo in front of the defense, three midfielders and one striker. “Seth Stammler was fantastic when he went to the right fullback position,” said Osorio. The move paid off as Toronto did not seriously threaten the Red Bulls goal in the final minutes. Juan Pablo Angel put the game on ice in stoppage time on a breakaway, tapping home a pass from Richards.

“I think it shows a lot of character,” Angel said of the win. “There’s still a lot of games to go, but I’m very pleased we’re picking the pace up right now and we’re winning against two teams from the same conference.”

The Red Bulls D was aggressive and mostly error free ©Fernando Rendon/ASN

With the win, New York keeps pace with archrival DC United, who won at Chicago on Saturday night. The two teams are level with 28 points, though DC has a game in hand and a better goal difference, giving them fourth place to New York’s fifth. Toronto and Kansas City have slipped off the pace a bit, trailing DC and New York by three points each. If the season were to end today, the Red Bulls would get the eighth and final playoff birth.

But there is still plenty to play for and Red Bull players and staff are visibly confident about the team–possibly for the first time all season. “If you analyze the 90 minutes I think we truly deserved the three points,” said Osorio. “I’m very pleased with the team effort and hopefully we can continue like that.”

ASN home team Player Rankings

Starting Lineup:
Jon Conway (8/10). Brilliant first half save kept team level.
Kevin Goldthwaite (7/10). Solid if unspectacular.
Seth Stammler (9/10). Played his best game of the season, displayed versatility, poise and vision.
Mike Magee (8/10). Taking to the striker role well.
Juan Pablo Angel (7/10). Another solid performance.
Dave van den Bergh (6/10). Did what he needed to. With new arrivals his role on the team appears to be decreasing somewhat.
Jorge Rojas (6/10). Didn’t see enough of him. Perhaps the forward role not to his liking? Seems better-suited in midfield.
Gabriel Cichero (incomplete; left game in 46th minute due to red card)
Juan Pietravallo (9/10). Excellent job anchoring the defensive midfield. Is starting to come into his own.
Luke Sassano (7/10). Nice job defensively. Played his position well.
Jeff Parke (incomplete; left game in 26th minute with injury)


Dane Richards (7/10). Strong showing off the bench, nice job on the stoppage time breakaway. But seriously, learn some new moves and show some muscle on the ball, please.
Andrew Boyens (6/10). Solid performance. No complaints.


Match Facts

Toronto FC (7-9-4) vs. New York Red Bulls (7-6-7)
August 17, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:

NY — Mike Magee 3 (Seth Stammler 2) 37
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 7 (Dane Richards 4, Jorge Rojas 4) 92+

Toronto FC — Greg Sutton, Nana Attakora-Gyan, Julius James, Marco Velez, Jim Brennan, Rohan Ricketts, Kevin Harmse, Carl Robinson, Chad Barrett, Laurent Robert (Danny Dichio 46) (Jarrod Smith 49), Abdus Ibrahim (Johann Smith 46).

Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards, Tyler Hemming, Tyler Rosenlund, Marvell Wynne

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Jeff Parke (Andrew Boyens 25), Luke Sassano (Dane Richards 62), Gabriel Cichero, Kevin Goldthwaite, Juan Pietravallo, Seth Stammler, Dave van den Bergh, Mike Magee, Jorge Rojas, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Carlos Mendes, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, John Wolyniec

New York Red Bulls/Toronto FC
total shots: 12 (Juan Pablo Angel 5)/14 (Rohan Ricketts 4)
shots on goal: 5 (Juan Pablo Angel 3)/4 (Rohan Ricketts 3)
fouls: 14 (Dave van den Bergh 3)/8 (Chad Barrett 2, Rohan Ricketts 2)
offsides: 2 (Angel 1, Luke Sassano 1)/4 (Abdus Ibrahim 2, Ricketts 2)
corner kicks: 6 (Mike Magee 3, Jorge Rojas 3)/5 (Ricketts 3)
saves: 4 (Jon Conway 4)/3 (Greg Sutton 3)

Misconduct Summary:
NY — Andrew Boyens (caution; Reckless Tackle) 33
NY — Dave van den Bergh (caution; Reckless Foul) 46+
TOR — Jim Brennan (caution; Reckless Foul) 46+
NY — Gabriel Cichero (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 46
TOR — Kevin Harmse (caution; Reckless Tackle) 52

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants: Michael Salyers; James Conlee
4th official: Lee Suckle
time of game: 1:50
attendance: 11,119
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 85 degrees

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