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More from Hans Backe post Philly

Posted on 27 April 2010 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe discusses the place of Macoumba Kandji and Brian Nielsen in the squad, his health, in the press conference immediately following the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union. It’s a bit hard to hear (apparently Backe’s mic wasn’t working properly). Part I of the press conference is here.

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Backe: Bulls need better control in midfield

Posted on 26 April 2010 by cwilliams

The Red Bulls have a problem and head coach Hans Backe understands what it is: Lack of control at midfield.

Although the Red Bulls won 2-1 against Philadelphia Union on Saturday, victory was the result of a penalty. Team captain Juan Pablo Angel scored the winning goal after Union defender Michael Orozco was called for a hand ball in the box.

And the Bulls’ won their previous match, against FC Dallas, on a penalty as well, in the 90th minute of the game. In fact all of the teams’ wins this season were decided by one goal.

“Our recent games have been close calls—-all of them,” Backe said. “If this pattern keeps up, I’m going to have a nervous breakdown.”

Backe has reason for concern. Although the team’s won-loss record so far this season stands at 4-1, with the team picking up 12 of a possible 15 points in the last few games, a lot of luck has been part of the action.

For the Red Bulls to win two of two games on penalties just isn’t cutting it for Backe who is clearly a strategist.

“I’m seeing too many plays resulting in ‘end-line to end-line’ movement of the ball instead of the players controlling it up the field,” Backe said.

The Swede is not one to call out his players through the press, but you can’t help but feel Carl Robinson, who started at holding midfielder against Philadelphia, might have been at least a partial target of his comments. Robinson received a low (some say too low) 3/10 rating for his play but appeared to be struggling with the injury that had him miss the first few games of the season.

More midfield control is what Backe is after and he may shuffle the lineup soon to get it. Tomorrow night’s U.S. Open Cup match against Philadelphia Union could serve as Jeremy Hall’s audition for the right midfield spot. Chris Albright is due back from injury and expected to start at right back, where Hall has started all five games this season. Backe said he would consider starting Hall at right mid for the U.S. Open Cup game.

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Red Bulls sneak by Philadelphia, 2-1

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Stop me if you’ve heard this storyline before. The New York Red Bulls underperformed in front of a lackluster-sized crowd at Red Bull Arena, then prevailed 2-1 in a game they really had no business winning. Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick in the second half to break the tie. That’s what happened in the team’s last match against FC Dallas. It’s also what took place today against Philadelphia Union.

Check out the Red Bulls player ratings here or skip right to the photo gallery.

Angel, Ibrahim and Lindpere celebrate the team's second goal ©Scott Marsh/ASN

There were a few key differences between the two events, however. It was the Red Bulls who scored first against Philadelphia, all goals came in the second half and the team was never really outplayed for stretches of time the way they were against Dallas. Also, today was not a cold night against an opponent nobody really cares about, but a beautiful afternoon against the Philadelphia Union who are widely expected to compete with DC United as the Red Bulls’ primary rival.

By and large there was none of the chippiness expected of the encounter. There were no red cards–a first for the Union in an away match–and just one yellow card, to Mike Petke in the 70th minute.

“Normally in a derby game it’s the first 30 minutes: a lot of freekicks, tackles, battle and then the game settles down,” said Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe in the postgame press conference (which can be listened to in its entirety here). “But it was a rather quiet game, in a way.”

New York defender Tim Ream offered an at least partial explanation. “Having two reds in the first three games got them a little on their heels,” he said of the Philadelphia Union.

The Union were far better organized (and disciplined) than either of their first two away games. In the end they were unlucky to come away with no points from the encounter. The deciding goal came after a handball in the box by Michael Orozco, eight minutes after Sebastien Le Toux answered Salou Ibrahim’s first goal as a Red Bull. The Union’s second half substitute Jack McInerney had a golden opportunity for a second equalizer but headed a pinpoint cross from Alejandro Moreno wide.

Much more to follow from this match, including player ratings. In the meantime vote for man in the match in the poll below:

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If you have an idea for a different nominee you may supply that in the comment area, but really, you’ll have to make a pretty compelling case.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Philadelphia Union 1
April 24, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

Scoring Summary:
NY: Salou Ibrahim 1 (Jeremy Hall 1) 50’
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux 4 (Alejandro Moreno 3) 59’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 3 (penalty kick) 67’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 70’

Lineup:

New York Red Bulls (4-1-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 67), Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Brian Nielsen (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 67’), Joel Lindpere, Carl Robinson, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel, Salou Ibrahim (Seth Stammler 74’)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Conor Chinn, Tony Tchani

Philadelphia Union (1-3-0) – Chris Seitz, Cristian Arrieta, Shea Salinas, Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey (Jack McInerney 78’), Stefani Miglioranzi, Fred, Roger Torres (Nick Zimmerman 46’), Andrew Jacobson (Danny Mwanga 59’), Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Amobi Okugo, Toni Stahl, Kyle Nakazawa

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Peter Balciunas
4th Referee: Mark Geiger
Attendance: 15,619

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Hans Backe answers questions after 2-1 defeat of Philadelphia

Posted on 24 April 2010 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe answers questions in the press conference immediately following the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union. The questions are hard to hear but Backe should come in fine.

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Backe in pursuit of former Villa man Olof Mellberg?

Posted on 24 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Any Greek speakers in the house? Greek website sportdog.gr appears to be reporting that the New York Red Bulls are seeking to sign Olympiacos centerback Olof Mellberg. “Appears to be” because the Google translation leaves a lot to be desired. Here is the link to the original article, in case a Greek speaker is willing to help us out.

But from what can be gathered, it looks as though Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe made a “motion” to his fellow Swede to play at Red Bull Arena after the end of the Greek Superleague season. Mellberg joined Olympiacos after one season in Juventus and it appears money is an issue, though: “Moreover, the Swedish International respects the money provided last year their ‘Olympiacos’ to gain from the Juventus, but more the mood was shown to have the Port,” says the Google translation. There do not appear to be any other online press reports of the potential move, but according to a Sky Sports article from January, Mellberg has a contract until 2014, at which point he was likely to retire.

The 32-year old, who can also play right back, appears tailor-made for the physical style of Major League Soccer. He was recently named one of the three hardest Aston Villa players of all time by sport.co.uk. Aston Villa, of course being the same team that employed Juan Pablo Angel for six years during the same spell. Mellberg also has 100 caps with the Swedish national team.

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Luke Rodgers deal off per BBC

Posted on 22 April 2010 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls’ acquisition of Luke Rodgers has collapsed because the Notts County forward was unable to obtain a work permit, the BBC reported today, April 22. Though apparently a move this summer is still a possibility.

Rodgers was set to complete his move from the English League Two club April 13, according to TheFA.com. “It’s with the work permit people at this moment in time,” Notts County head coach Steve Cotterill told the site.

The Daily Mail reported Rodgers’ work permit was denied because of his conviction for “affray” (which means fighting, basically).

Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe knows the 28-year old Rodgers from his days at Notts County. In a 10-year professional career Rodgers has also played for Shrewsbury Town, Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale and Yeovil Town, all in the lower (but still professional) English divisions. He was “capped” once by the England ‘C’ team.

More controversially, Rodgers was arrested for assaulting an opposing player after a match. Not even Juan Pietravallo ever pulled that (that we know of). He had three other run-ins with the law, for setting off a firecracker that misfired and hit a girl in the face, for what appears to have been a drunk driving incident, and last October for violence at a local bar.

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Hans Backe discusses 2-1 victory over FC Dallas

Posted on 17 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Listen to Hans Backe’s postgame press conference immediately following the New York Red Bulls’ 2-1 victory over FC Dallas. Much more coverage from the match on the way.

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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Welcome to the second installment of this feature, which will run within a day or two of the team’s last game, this season. Today we focus on the New York Red Bulls’ first loss of the season, at Chivas USA on Saturday afternoon. To see an explanation of these terms (Good, Bad, Red, Dead) see last week’s issue or read the bottom of this page.

The Good
Tim Ream and Roy Miller. And we’re done. The left half of the Red Bulls’ back line did what they’ve been doing since day one, which is eliminate any chance of an attack. Both goals came on lackadaisical play by the right side defenders (and of course the goalie. More on him in a bit).

What is going on with JPA? ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Even though they didn’t work out in the team’s favor, I’m going to include Hans Backe’s substitution moves in this space. After the long nightmare that was the Juan Carlos Osorio administration, it’s refreshing to see a coach attack when the team is down a goal (even though this is exactly what you’re supposed to do when you’re down a goal, but in light of Osorio these fundamental details are very much appreciated). And who knows? Had Salou Ibrahim been a bit more focused he might have just leveled the match. He certainly had his chances. The second Chivas goal was the unfortunate result of throwing everybody forward but it’s something all of us will happily live with. Goal difference just doesn’t count as much in MLS as it does elsewhere (and that’s a good thing) so it makes sense to roll the dice in these types of situations. Props to Backe for doing so.

While we’re giving him credit, let’s not forget that this was a guy less than a week removed from pretty major surgery. Yet there he was on the team’s bench, after yet another cross country fight. The guy’s a trooper and deserves our respect.

The Bad
Let’s start with the obvious: Bouna Condoul. His mishap shortly after halftime will go down in the annals of great goalkeeping blunders. Ultimately, this cost the Red Bulls the game. However there are plenty of reasons why Chivas never should have got that close to begin with.

Start with Jeremy Hall, who gave Chukwudi Chijindu way, way too much space.

Continue with Dane Richards, who was late tracking back to lend help and then went about it completely wrong.

End with Seth Stammler, who misread the play and didn’t cut off the passing lanes.

Those failures are forgotten as a result of Condoul’s butterfingers, which does the other culprits, chiefly Richards and Hall, a disservice. More on those two later.

The Red
Speaking of bad performances, perhaps a bit of “I told you so” is due? To wit:

Bouna Condoul’s play away from his line is going to give some Red Bulls fan a heart attack before too long.

Juan Pablo Angel. Second game in a row he has been almost completely absent (other than to complain about bad or insufficient service). Are we witnessing the twilight of his career?

Jeremy Hall at right back is begging to get exploited by a smart coach or skilled left wing.

Okay, so maybe things didn’t happen exactly as predicted. It wasn’t a cross that caused Condoul’s gaffe but a deflected shot off the post. And Chijindu, while not a left wing, certainly schooled Hall on the play that led to the first goal.

As for Angel, I’m still very much code red on him after Saturday’s performance. He’s obviously not willing to sit one out, which is well and good, but he’d better start producing soon. Not necessarily goals, but something that gives us an inkling that he still has it. Because right now, it certainly appears otherwise.

Tony Tchani seemed completely lost Saturday. It’s tough to come on as a sub sometimes, but the second overall pick in the draft had absolutely nothing working. It may be a little while until we see him again in a competitive match. Maybe the US Open Cup prelim game against Philadelphia?

The potential acquisition of Luke Rodgers. Who knows if this will even happen, but this guy just doesn’t excite me. Not sure if he’ll add anything. Then again, Joel Lindpere didn’t excite anybody either. Nor for that matter did the selection of Tim Ream.

The Dead
Dane Richards. Another deplorable performance. He’s simply not starter material and has no business taking the field with the starting 11.

The Jeremy Hall right back experiment needs to die. It hasn’t worked out and his skills are needed at the right midfield spot. Or left midfield.

A quick explanation of terms:
The Good – Should speak for itself. Players, formations, strategies, substitutions and other things that “looked good” for whatever reason (but not aesthetically. We don’t care about players’ hairstyles and the like).

The Bad – Opposite of good. Who and what looked lousy and why.

The Red – Things that have us concerned. Primarily individual play but could also be strategies, (lack of) substitutions and putting players at positions they have no business occupying (though that practice thankfully appears done with the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio).

The Dead – Players, schemes or strategies that deserve to be put out to pasture.

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Condoul costs Bulls first loss of the season

Posted on 10 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Just like that, the New York Red Bulls’ fast start is history.

Bouna Condoul © Scott Marsh/ASN

It ended in a fashion fans of the team are all too familiar with: on defensive miscues and squandered opportunities. New York goalkeeper Bouna Condoul was the goat this time, scoring an embarrassing own-goal early in the second half. His team never recovered and eventually lost 2-0 at Chivas USA.

Condoul’s gaffe was without doubt the most egregious mishap of the day. But his poor play had plenty of company. The team never really seemed to find its rhythm, though it came close late in both halves. Part of this was due to the play of the hosts, who controlled the possession with patient build-up.
When the visitors did have the ball their only option seemed to be Dane Richards, the fleet but vapid right midfielder. Predictably, these went nowhere. (More on Richards and individual performances in the player ratings below).

Still, the Red Bulls had their opportunities in the first half. Macoumba Kandji had two free headers he should have buried. The first came off of a corner, the second from a terrific cross by Joel Lindpere. The second was probably the visiting team’s best sequence of the entire match. But for the most part, the Red Bulls had few ideas going forward and anyway seemed content to let Chivas control the tempo. This is a perfectly fine tactic on the road against a team in danger of an 0-3 start, and for a little while it even seemed to work. But New York’s defense was porous and Chivas had their chances. Chukwudi Chijindu alone could (and probably should) have scored twice in the first half for the hosts (then again, Kandji should have done the same for the visitors).

The Red Bulls’ luck ran out in the 47th minute. Condoul clearly deserves the blame for the goal, but he is by no means the only guilty party on the play. Start with Jeremy Hall, who gave Chijindu way too much space on the left wing. Hall was expecting the UConn product to go toward the endline but even then was too far away to have any effect. Richards’ run to help Hall was far too late and in his haste Richards didn’t track the trailing player, Jesus Padilla. Seth Stammler, who had a solid game to that point, correctly spotted the danger brewing on the left wing (in the video replay you can see him pointing toward that part of the field) but then failed to cut off Chijindu’s passing lane and was late recovering as a result to challenge Padilla. So Chijindu, an interesting young player but by no means a star in the league, managed to monopolize three Red Bulls players on one play. Mike Petke probably should have done better deflecting the ball upfield or out of bounds, though that is admittedly a bit nitpick-y. And then Condoul did the rest.

Hans Backe, in marked contrast to the team’s first game of the season (and to Richie Williams in the second), went to his bench early. Just seven minutes after the goal he brought on Salou Ibrahim for Seth Stammler. Kandji moved to left midfield with Sinisa Ubiparipovic taking Stammler’s vacant spot at holding mid. The move clearly paid dividends, as Ibrahim had several chances that could (and in one case should) have resulted in goals. But Backe’s second and third substitutions, for Tony Tchani and Conor Chinn, respectively, had little effect. The Red Bulls threw everything forward but lacked the rhythm to develop any real chances the rest of the way. Chivas scored an “insurance goal” in stoppage time, again off of mistakes by several Red Bulls players. Speaking of which, now to the player ratings:

Player ratings

New York Red Bulls players ranked 1-10 with 10 being highest:

Condoul: 2
I’ve been saying for some time that this guy is a liability on corners and crosses. However, I’ve been quick to defend his play as a shot-stopper. So where does this gaffe fit in? Nowhere, really. It was one of those mistakes that can happen in a hair-raising moment of the match. Bouna probably panicked after seeing the ball bounce off the post and was in the unusual situation of having to go toward his line, rather than away from it, to make the save. Remember that goalies are trained to deflect the ball away from goal, so when your back is turned your instincts can get a bit fuzzy. Which is not to make any excuse for the play. Unfortunately it wasn’t even his only mishap of the game. In the first half he hesitated coming off his line and was almost caught in no-man’s land by Jonathan Bornstein. He was poorly positioned on Chivas’ second goal as well.

Hall: 4
Speaking of liabilities, this is the second straight game that Hall was owned on the right side of the pitch. He was almost entirely ineffective as a defensive player and this incompetence had a large result in both goals. He did have a few nice forays into the opposing half though and narrowly missed on a shot in the second half. Perhaps it’s time to end this experiment at right back (which remember was a Juan Carlos Osorio project). Play Hall at right midfield, where his skills will be put to better use.

Petke: 5
Can’t blame him for the first goal, but his misjudgment of a ball (off a goal kick) led in part to the second. His man-marking was a bit lackadaisical as well. Granted his job is not made any easier by having to cover for Hall all the time.

Ream: 6.5
My only critique of Ream at this point is that he needs to make his presence felt more. I know this isn’t his style but he can quickly assume a leadership position on this defense by getting more vocal for example. But that’s light criticism. Did spot some moments where he probably should have marked his man tighter, but this guy is hard to beat one-on-one.

Miller: 7

Shut his side of the field down, again. Was also effective making runs into the opposing half. Would like to see more of this, particularly when the team is down a goal. He seems to link up well with Kandji as well, when Mac plays left mid. Perhaps something for Backe to consider.

Richards: 3
His first few possessions were promising, but he quickly reverted to the Dane Richards of old. He got lucky when a few of his balls were knocked behind for corners in the first half but time and again he was the final stop for Red Bull attacks. This is just frustrating to watch. Worse, Richards did little defensively (see reporting of first goal, above). Another guy I’ve been picking on for awhile, but it’s not without reason. Needs to sit on the bench or better yet, be waived. He’s just not cutting it.

Seth Stammler: 5
Started well but also had his part in the first goal. He did make a few terrific tackles early in the game but should have read that play better.

Joel Lindpere: 6.5
First half was very strong. His cross to Kandji was a thing of beauty. Second half, not so much. Turned the ball over too many times and wasn’t able to launch many attacks, which is his primary duty to this team at this point–especially when they find themselves down a goal. A lot is expected of the Estonian Express after his first two games at Red Bull Arena. So when he even disappoints a little, you feel let down a lot. This isn’t fair, but neither is life.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 5
Did far too little at left mid. A few nice plays in the first half and that was about it. Also turned the ball over too many times. A disappointing performance.

Macoumba Kandji: 6
His play in the second half earns him this respectable grade. In the first, he blew two chances. It’s amazing that a guy this tall doesn’t head the ball better. Something to work on in training, no doubt. But Kandji just seems far more comfortable as a withdrawn forward or even attacking midfielder, as his play in the second half justifies. Did well to link up with Salou, who blew his chances.

Juan Pablo Angel: 4
Invisible. Again. It’s very sad to see this, and even tougher to say it, but here goes: Angel needs to be benched for the good of the team. He’s just not bringing it this season. Maybe he will be more effective as a late game substitute? Yes, the team deserves a lot of the blame for not getting him better service, but where are his runs? Most of the time he’s loitering around midfield.

Salou Ibrahim: 4
His entrance into the game immediately made a difference but he should have done much, much better with the chances he had. But this guy’s game appears well suited for MLS. When he begins to start on a regular basis he’ll turn it on, just watch.

Tony Tchani: 4
Did not look at all comfortable and didn’t seem to play the ball properly even once. It’s tough to get your MLS debut in a game and situation of this type, but more is expected of the youngster. He’ll get it together if he sees more time (perhaps for Dane Richards? Or hell, try him out at right back).

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 0, CD Chivas USA 2
April 10, 2010 – The Home Depot Center; Carson, CA
Attendance: 12,597

Scoring Summary:
CHV: Bouna Coundoul (own goal) 47’
CHV: Jesus Padilla 1 (Zach Thornton 1) 91’+

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 19’
CHV: Jesus Padilla (caution) 90’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (2-1-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller (Conor Chinn 83’), Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Tony Tchani 77’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Salou Ibrahim 54’), Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Danleigh Borman, Carlos Mendes

CD Chivas USA (1-2-0) – Zach Thornton, Ante Jazic (Jesus Padilla 39’), Dario Delgado, Michael Umana, Mariano Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Marcelo Saragosa, Blair Gavin, Sacha Kljestan, Chukwudi Chijindu, Maicon Santos (Maykel Galindo 58’, Michael Lahoud 77’)

Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Yamith Cuesta, Justin Braun, Osael Romero

Officials:

Referee: Paul Ward
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Philippe Briere
4th Referee: Ramon Hernandez

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Question of the week: Do you start Salou Ibrahim?

Posted on 08 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

(The assumption here is that his name is in fact Salou Ibrahim and not Ibrahim Salou, as previously noted.)

Salou Ibrahim in the Red Bull Arena grand opener ©Scott Marsh/ASN

As you’ve probably heard by now the New York Red Bulls newest acquisition has received his visa and is ready to play for the team in an official match. He previously appeared in the Red Bull Arena grand opening match against Santos and the exhibition against Army (speaking of which, the Cadets are the only team to score against New York since the start of the regular season).

Saturday afternoon’s game at Chivas will be the first time that Salou/Ibrahim, Juan Pablo Angel and Macoumba Kandji are fit and available to start. Which means one is either going to need to start on the bench or play out of position. Kandji has seen spot duty at left midfield but with him seeming to find his comfort zone (not to mention scoring the winning goal) in the Seattle Sounders game, does Hans Backe really want to go there? Angel and Salou will not play anywhere but forward. Moving them would be downright Osorioan and those days are (thankfully) in the past. Speaking of which, don’t expect Backe to go with three strikers either. He’s married to the 4-4-2 for the immediate future.

Anyway, have your say on whether Salou/Ibrahim should start the match by voting in this poll:

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Other things to look out for:
What’s going on with Carl Robinson? Is he healthy and eligible to play? He didn’t make the trip to Seattle but was also absent from the exhibition match against Rutgers, which implies he is not yet recovered from his knee injury.

Will Hans Backe even be healthy enough to make another cross country trip and coach the team?

If Kandji does start at left midfield, where does that leave Sinisa Ubiparipovic? Would he move into the center midfield spot occupied by Seth Stammler in Seattle?

Who travels with the team this week? Last week’s subs were Andrew Boyens, Austin da Luz, Juan Agudelo and Tony Tchani (and obviously Greg Sutton, the only other goalkeeper in the squad). As great as it is to see da Luz on this list, wouldn’t Carlos Mendes or Luke Sassano be better choices? Both are more versatile and can add late game relief at the defensive positions. Speaking of which…

Will Backe or Richie Williams use all three subs for the first time this season? (I have a full rant on this in the upcoming Seeing Red! episode. Stay tuned for that).

Chivas have not looked good at all in the first two games of the season, losses to the Colorado Rapids and the LA Galaxy in the SuperClasico. Their attacking game in particular is very weak. The new coach, Martin Vasquez, was expecting great things from Sacha Kljestan, who does not appear to have what it takes to lead this team–at least not yet. That may develop over the course of the season. It’s not like Kljestan will be traveling with the national team or anything.

That was harsh. But probably also true at this point.

Bottom line with Chivas: The Goats have their backs to the wall after an 0-2 start. They don’t want to go 0-3, least of all under a new head coach. Expect Vasquez to pull out every motivational tool in his arsenal (and then some) to get the team amped for this game. But ultimately, he just doesn’t have enough firepower in his arsenal. The Red Bulls’ defense has looked vulnerable and we do not expect the clean sheet to last. Neither will the winning streak. But the unbeaten streak will.

ASN prediction: Chivas USA 2, RBNY 2

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