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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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Gregg Berhalter leaves 1860 Munich, signs with MLS

Posted on 01 April 2009 by ASN Staff

If he's headed to LA, Berhalter won't need to worry about bringing this wardrobe... ©Wikimedia Commons

Gregg Berhalter has been released from his contract with German second division side 1860 Munich and has signed a two-year contract with Major League Soccer, the team announced Wednesday (links to German press release). A spokesman for 1860 said a decision would be announced in the coming days. He declined further comment.

The 35-year old defender’s precise destination is not yet known but press reports on both sides of the Atlantic were reporting the LA Galaxy as the winners in the Berhalter sweepstakes. Most reports come back to a Steve Goff story for the Washington Post’s Soccer Insider column.

The 44-time U.S. international has spent the last 15 years in Europe, the last two and a half with 1860. Previous stops include Energie Cottbus (2002-2006), Crystal Palace (2000-2002), Dutch Eredivisie sides Cambuur Leeuwarden (1998-2000) and Sparta Rotterdam (1996-1998) and Dutch second division side FC Zwolle (1994-1996). He figured prominently in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, where the U.S. famously advanced to the quarterfinals, and was also called into the 2006 squad but did not see any action. The coach for those teams? Bruce Arena, current head coach of the LA Galaxy.

In case you’re wondering, this is not an April Fool’s joke. One German outlet said 1860 Munich had assured it this was not the case.

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Gregg Berhalter to Red Bulls?

Posted on 22 November 2008 by ASN Staff

Former U.S. international Gregg Berhalter could be cast aside as a cost-saving move by his German club 1860 Munich and is reportedly being courted by the New York Red Bulls, according to a German media report. The report adds that other Major League Soccer clubs could also be interested in the 35-year old’s services. New York would be a logical fit because Berhalter grew up in Tenafly, N.J. where he played with former Red Bull Claudio Reyna (who famously did not exactly live up to his billing in 1.5 seasons with the club before retiring this season).

Berhalter played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and has spent his entire professional career to date in Europe, with stints at Sparta Rotterdam, Crystal Palace and Energie Cottbus, among others.

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