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Woly rescues point for 10-man Red Bulls

Posted on 17 May 2009 by arozsa

A touch of veteran guile canceled a moment of youthful inexperience, as John Wolyniec‘s 88th minute equalizer salvaged a point for the 10-man Red Bulls Saturday night in New Jersey.

The veteran forward pulled down a hopeful ball into the box, turned his defender and squeaked a shot past the defense for his first regular season goal in almost two years. The goal also marked the first league goal conceded by the Dynamo since April 4, a streak spanning four games.

“I was a little far from the goal and it was the wrong angle,” said Wolyniec of his goal. “I just put it down and kept it as close as possible and just hit it.”

New York midfielder Jorge Rojas was sent off for a wayward elbow on Brian Mullan in the 35th minute, but the game remained scoreless until the 78th minute, when Houston’s Chris Wondolowski got on the end of cross from Corey Ashe after a blistering run down the left flank.

Dominic Kinnear had his squad playing compact for most of the game, even with a man advantage. But the introduction of Ashe 15 minutes from time changed the paradigm for the visitors, and rookie right back Jeremy Hall, on as a substitute for the injured Carlos Johnson, failed to recognize the danger as he was caught up field. Ashe streaked into the space behind, and the counterattack was on, giving the visitors the solitary goal they sought.

“We wanted to try and get more guys forward, and Corey obviously brings in a good spark,” said Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear. “They (substitutes Ashe and Wondoloski) made an impact on the game which was nice to see.”

The goal did not stand though, and the Red Bulls nearly stole all three points in stoppage time, as Kandji, Angel and Wolyniec terrorized the Dynamo backline up to the final whistle.

“We competed very well for 90 minutes,” said New York Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio. “We deserved a point.”

The game, for the most part, was mired in a physical midfield battle from the beginning, as the visitors kept their lines compact and made their intent known.

“They are always physical,” said Wolyniec. “That is one of the reasons they are successful every year.

The dangerous moments, when they did come, came from the flanks. Red Bulls right back Carlos Johnson got free in the 8th minute to send in a dangerous cross, while Brian Mullan sent a scorching ball across the face of goal in the 18th.

Johnson, in one of his many active moments down the right flank, collided with Stuart Holden in the 21st minute. He managed to limp off the field and came back on briefly before being replaced by Hall.

The physical nature of the game began to crescendo as the half wore on, with Ade Akinbiyi picking up a yellow card for a neededless hack at Red Bulls centerback Kevin Goldthwaite in the 27th minute. It boiled over 10 minutes from the break, as Rojas, being pestered and harried by Mullan, lashed out with an elbow and was given his marching orders.

“It was not my intention at all to make any aggression,” said Rojas after the game. “I’m not that kind of player.”

Nonetheless, it was New York’s fourth red card of the season, and will force Rojas to miss next Sunday’s clash with Chicago. His failure to leave the field in a timely fashion may well lead to a longer vacation, as he had to be restrained from Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad on his way to the locker room.

Osorio refused to let his team back into a shell in the second half, despite being down a man. Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Macoumba Kandji pressed high up the field on the outside to try and occupy Davis and Mullan, while Houston offered little initiative to get anyone forward from the back.

When Kinnear finally made the switch to three in the back in the 75th minute, the payoff was immediate. However, Wolyniec’s equalizer squelched the Canadian manager’s adventurous streak, who quickly withdrew Davis for defender Craig Waibel.

Wolyniec’s goal, his first of the year, may present Osorio with some selection issues going forward.

“He’s in a difficult position because he competes directly with Juan (Pablo Angel),” said Osorio. “Hopefully he will keep scoring goals and force himself into the starting eleven.”

The draw keeps New York one point behind fifth place New England in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls will now travel down I-95 for a midweek Open Cup clash against DC before completing their May home stand against Chicago and Colorado.

RBNY Player ratings (1-10 with 10 being best)

Conway – 7 – Made some nice saves, including a nice reaction save on a Geoff Cameron header, and a tricky parry on a stinging drive from Stuart Holden. Looked shaky coming off his line once or twice. Left out to dry on the goal.

Goldthwate – 7 – His usual self. Took a beating but cut out cross after cross. Houston left its attack entirely to its forwards for large parts of the game, and he dealt with nearly everything quite well.

Petke – 7 – Another strong game from Petke, who showed his value against physical forwards like Kamara and Akinbiyi.

Pacheco – 5 – Had his hands full with Mullan, but was able to do just enough to keep his crosses from being accurate. Didn’t offer much going forward, but containing Mullan kept him busy. Removed for tactical reasons late.

Johnson – 6 – Was involved in every dangerous Red Bulls attack, but ended his night with a hospital trip to check the damage on this foot. Can’t seem to catch a break.

Stammler – 8 – Covered tons of ground and took Stuart Holden out of the game entirely. Forming a very nice pairing with Celades.

Celades – 7 – Becoming the calming presence New York needs. Showed he can be effective even against a physical team. Still not fit for 90 minutes.

Rojas – 4 – Let his team down with the Red Card. Will likely get an extra game for the elbow and another vacation day for his refusal to leave the field in a timely fashion.

Ubiparipovic – 7 – Becoming a very useful player for New York, showing an excellent motor and good instincts going forward. Shows good tactical sense, and serves in a nice right footed ball.

Kandji – 5 – Didn’t deal well with the physical Dynamo, and let himself be taken out of the game mentally at times. Sat and nursed a slightly bloody lip instead of joining a promising attack in the second half. Still, he shows flashes of incredible ability at times.

Angel – 5 – Looked slow and uninterested in dealing with the physical defense that surrounded his every touch. A few weeks rest might do him good at this point.

Substitutes
Hall – 5 –
Showed his inexperience in not recognizing the threat of Ashe when he came on and was punished for it. Otherwise he played well, showing good strength and aerial ability at the position.

Richards – 5 – Offered little when he came on, and seems to be difficult to play with for the fullbacks behind him.

Wolyniec – 8 – Did exactly what was asked of him. Shows terrific strength and energy, and the goal was vintage Woly. Seems due for a run in the side.

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New Tactics, New Result in New Jersey

Posted on 09 May 2009 by arozsa

How does a team keep from hitting rock bottom less than 10 games into a season? Find a team that’s struggling even more, step on them and climb. New York did just that Friday night at the Swamp, scoring a club record four first half goals en route to a 4-1 mauling of the lowly San Jose Earthquakes.

Two Jorge Rojas goals in the first 15 minutes took the suspense of the match early, and additional tallies by Juan Pablo Angel and Macoumba Kandji sealed the points for New York, moving them into a tie with New England for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Ryan Johnson added a consolation tally at the end of the first half, but it was already too late for San Jose, who have only woeful FC Dallas to thank for keeping them off the table bottom.

“Today was the game we were expecting to have a long time ago,” Angel said afterwards. “The first half was a different class in terms of the way we played, how we closed them down, we denied them space, we denied them the ball.”

As Juan Carlos Osorio had hinted throughout the week, New York came out with different personnel and a different approach to try to turn the tide of what has been a trying season so far. Albert Celades made his first career MLS start alongside Seth Stammler in central midfield. Rojas and Sinisa Ubiparipovic played much narrower than would have been asked of usual starters Dane Richards and Khano Smith in the attacking midfield, allowing room for the fullbacks to roam the flanks.

“We had a lot of contribution from the fullbacks tonight,” said Osorio. “We had a very good distribution from the midfield and Seth (Stammler) and Albert (Celades) showed very good signs of a partnership.

Despite the changes, it was the recognition of a major mismatch that fueled the first half barrage from New York, as San Jose left back Eric Denton was overwhelmed by Kandji, who was repeatedly pulling wide to find space. He nearly broke free in the second minute as he picked up a through ball in the channel and drove his cross directly in the midsection of ‘Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

The breakthrough wasn’t long in coming, however. Kandji again broke free down the right side and drew a free kick near the touchline. Rojas curled a ball in towards Kevin Goldthwaite, who missed his attempt at a glancing header. The attempt wrong-footed Cannon, who could only flail in vain as the ball bounced inside the far post.

San Jose had little time to shake off their bad luck, as New York pressed down the right once again in the 12th minute, earning a deep throw in. Right back Carlos Johnson, who spent much of the first half in the attacking third, fired in a line drive throw-in directly to the forehead of Kandji, who’s flick found Rojas all along on the back post to double the lead.

“I was looking for players who were coming in to the box,” said Rojas. “We worked on that during the week.”

Rojas’ goals, his first two in MLS, seemed a due reward for the Venezuelan International’s practice work and improved league form.

“I think Jorge had been knocking on the door for quite a while,” said Osorio. “I think when he plays farther up the pitch, he is very good to us.”

Osorio’s other prized signing, Celades, also made his presence known. Along with contributing to the dominating midfield effort with his assured possession and short passing, he also added desperately needed vision into New York’s attack. He played Kandji through in the 18th minute only to be foiled by Cannon. He then found Kandji alone in space again on the right side, who then drove a ball across the six yard box to a grateful Angel’s waiting boot.

It seemed very much an epiphany for Kandji, who had missed his strike partner on similar runs earlier in the half. Angel quickly acknowledged his teammate’s effort.

“I keep learning, I keep improving every game,” said Kandji. “I’m going to just pick it up and try and play better next game.”

The lanky Senegalese striker wasn’t finished, using his seemingly endless reach to poke a ball clean from San Jose centerback Kelly Gray. He then raced on to the loose ball and slammed it home without needing another touch to give the Red Bulls a 4-0 lead in the 40th minute.

San Jose looked a defeated side even before the half, but provided a glimmer of hope for Frank Yallop by pulling back a goal before the half. Former New York Red Bull Chris Leitch overlapped down the right side, and his searing cross was cleared by Pacheco only as far as Ramiro Corrales. He nodded back across the goalmouth to a waiting Ryan Johnson, while the Red Bulls unsuccessfully appealed for offside.

It was too little, too late for San Jose who dropped to 1-5-2 in the young season. Despite maintaining most of the possession in the second half, they rarely threatened. Yallop’s decision to wait until less than 20 minutes remained to add a third forward seemed telling of his team’s plight. Playing without Darren Huckerby for the fourth straight game, the Earthquakes lacked a dominating personality in the final third with Bobby Convey and Aturo Alvarez drifting from the play for much of the game.

The Red Bulls, on the other hand, seemed poised to turn their season around. And they’ll get to make that turn on a jughandle, as they won’t have to leave New Jersey for a league game until June. The competition will certainly get stiffer, and with league ties against Houston and Chicago straddling a midweek open cup fixture against DC United on the 20th, Osorio’s approach to squad rotation will be in the spotlight.

“It’s been a lot of ups and downs this year,” remarked Angel. “Energy hasn’t been a question in this team…tonight we were much more organized (than before).”

New York Red Bulls Player Ratings

Cepero – 5 – His shotstopping is never in doubt, showing his skill on a nice save to deny Alvarez in the second half. But he flapped at several crosses on the night and looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet.

Goldthwaite – 7 – Solid as usual. Grows in confidence every game in the back, and seems to be quickly becoming the leader of the back four.

Petke – 7 – Matched up with the bruiser Cam Weaver on the night and came out on top. With Brian Ching, Brian McBride and Conor Casey coming to town this month, he very well might be the most important Red Bull this month. Stock up on the advil.

Pacheco – 6 – Got forward at times, and was very effective when he did so. Mostly seemed content to stay at home and allow Rojas to roam free. Bailed out Cepero by taking a fierce shot off from Convey off the forehead late in the match.

Johnson – 8 – Terrific game for the Costa Rican, who found acres of space to streak down the right side with Sinisa pinching in. It took his midfielders a while to start finding him, but they eventually did. His surreal, arrow-flighted long throw-ins created a goal and seemed to unsettle San Jose. Also, no red card.

Stammler – 7 – Huge motor on this guy. If he had come along in 2002, he might have very well had a similar career to Pablo Mastroeni. Also like Pablo, he often was a little too eager to charge forward, exposing his backline on occasion.

Celades – 7 – Took a while to get his rhythm, but started to show his qualities midway through the first half, making a point of finding Kandji and the raiding Johnson repeatedly in the seams. His composure and vision were at times a step above anyone on the field. If he can stay healthy, he can be one of the league’s best. Ever.

Ubiparipovic – 6 – Tidy on the ball and a terrific motor. Left the flank play to Kandji and the fullbacks. Will be a very valuable player for NY this year.

Rojas – 8 – Looked extremely comfortable in the narrow attacking midfield role handed to him by Osorio. Repeatedly found space to operate and looked lethal when he did tallying his first two goals in the league. Still showed tendencies to dribble in bad spots on occasion, but he seems to be catching on to the speed of play in MLS.

Kandji – 8 – Eric Denton will be having nightmares about Macoumba for months after this one. Repeatedly pulled wide while the midfield stayed narrow, and that’s where he is at his best. His final ball to Angel looked like learned behavior from the training ground, and Angel made sure that he acknowledged it. Often got to loose balls and turned the corner when it seemed nearly impossible to do so.

Angel – 8 – The most telling sight for this game was the complete absence of Angel in the midfield. He stayed high all game, providing terrific target and hold up play. Will score 15+ goals if the service continues as it was tonight.

Substitutes were not rated, as the 4-1 scoreline didn’t allow for a very competitive second half.

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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)

Substitutes

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.

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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+

Lineups:
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

Statistics:
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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Galaxy steal point at Swamp

Posted on 20 July 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

A stoppage time ball off the foot of the L.A. Galaxy’s Landon Donovan floated into the penalty and appeared to miss all its targets, before bouncing off the Giants Stadium turf and into the Red Bulls net, tying the game at two goals each. A season-high 46,754 spectators saw the spectacle at sweltering Giants Stadium Saturday night–nearly 20,000 fewer than came to the “Beckham Game” last year, when the Red Bulls won a shootout 5-4. The home team was probably more deserving of the victory this time as well, but will rue having missed numerous chances to put the game on ice in the second half.

“It was a cross of course. But he kicked it so well that if Edson [Buddle] had touched it it would have been a goal also,” Galaxy head coach Ruud Gullit said of the play that tied the game. “It’s the quality of the play itself that made it difficult for the goalkeeper.”

The Galaxy even had a chance to steal all three points moments later. Donovan was again the key man, fighting himself loose at the edge of the Red Bulls’ penalty area. But his low shot bounded off the post.

“We showed a lot of character,” said Beckham after the game. “We kept on battling and it didn’t look as though we’d get the goal, but we did in the end and it shows character in the team. Overall both teams had chances so maybe a draw was fair tonight.”

The Galaxy opened scoring in the 29th minute. Beckham found Buddle on the left wing. Buddle was given far too much space by Jeff Parke and took full advantage by dribbling into the Red Bulls’ area and forcing Jon Conway to leave his line. Once Conway committed, Buddle crossed to Carlos Ruiz who headed the ball into an empty net.

It was Ruiz’ first start in many months. Gullit admitted he had been frustrated with the Guatemalan’s performance this season. “He hasn’t done nothing for us in six months,” lamented the Dutchman, who admitted to being “on the edge” about Ruiz and effectively threatening to trade him. “I told him…’if you continue like that I have to trade you,'” the coach recalled. “The good thing about him, he was aware of the fact that he wasn’t doing so well this season…at the same hand he showed also that he wanted to stay at the L.A. Galaxy. So he gave a commitment that was unbelievable.”

Ruiz’ two appearances after that–as a substitute against New England July 4 and in the SuperClasico July 10–were more encouraging and Gullit rewarded him with the start in tonight’s match. “I think he proved today that he’s the player that everybody knows,” said Gullit. “He’s taken my conversation with him very seriously and we have a better Ruiz. I’m very proud of him.”

Red Bull leveled the game in the 35th minute on a goal by Dave van den Bergh, assisted by recently-signed midfielder Jorge Rojas. The Venezuelan was playing in his first-ever MLS match only days after having his work visa approved. “I felt very comfortable coming into the game today and very confident,” Rojas said through an interpreter.

Dane Richards was forced to leave the game shortly after halftime. Richards went down, apparently without contact, with what appeared to be a hip injury. Hunter Freeman replaced him in right midfield. Later, Freeman moved back to his more natural defender position, with Rojas moving over to right mid. Van den Bergh, who had started at left back, moved into left midfield in his place.

In the 58th minute, Rojas had a golden chance to give his new team the lead. But he was unable to gain proper control of a waist high ball and sent it wide of the L.A. goal. The Venezuelan did better on his next chance 10 minutes later, heading a cross from van den Bergh off the plastic Giants Stadium turf and toward the corner of the net. But L.A. keeper Steve Cronin was up for the challenge and saved it cleanly.

Instead, it was Juan Pablo Angel who put the Red Bulls on top in the 71st minute. Rojas again got the assist, leading the Colombian with a pass out of midfield onto the edge of the penalty area. Angel beat Cronin with a cheeky grin after putting a great move on Greg Vanney that left the defender flatfooted. It was Angel’s first start since returning from injury. “I’m starting to feel better every day,” said Angel.

Rojas, the Red Bulls new #13, was front and center on the team’s next scoring chance two minutes later. Streaking down the right sideline this time, he squared a ball for Angel that the Colombian should have one-timed. Instead, Angel tried to control the ball but instead ended up losing it.

The Red Bulls missed another chance to put the game to bed in the 82nd minute when a rebound bounced to John Wolyniec. But Wolyniec only had a split second to react and ended up putting the ball narrowly over.

This set the stage for the last ditch Galaxy rally that ultimately led to Donovan’s fortunate goal. “It’s a very disappointed locker room,” said Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. “I think we created enough chances to win the game, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.” Angel agreed. “We should have won the game today,” he said. “We gave ourselves the chance to but just gave up three points.”

Still, the Red Bulls can take encouragement from the performance of Rojas, who was almost certainly the best player on the pitch. The Venezuelan’s ability to create chances from the run of play–evidenced in his pass to Angel on the go-ahead goal–may prove invaluable as the season enters its crucial period. Perhaps Rojas will be the creative attacking midfielder Claudio Reyna never was? Time will tell.

“Jorge had a lot of quality balls tonight and was able to break the [Galaxy] down,” said Osorio. “I’m sure [he] will score valuable goals for us in the future.”

Match Facts

Los Angeles Galaxy (6-6-5) vs. New York Red Bulls (5-6-6)
July 19, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:
LA — Carlos Ruiz 1 (Edson Buddle 2) 29
NY — Dave van den Bergh 5 (Jorge Rojas 1, Seth Stammler 1) 35
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 4 (Jorge Rojas 2) 71
LA — Landon Donovan 12 (unassisted) 92+

Lineups:
Los Angeles Galaxy — Steve Cronin, Chris Klein, Troy Roberts, Greg Vanney (Alan Gordon 78), Ante Jazic, Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Peter Vagenas, Alvaro Pires, Carlos Ruiz, Edson Buddle.

Substitutes Not Used: Ely Allen, Eduardo Dominguez, Joe Franchino, Mike Randolph, Josh Tudela, Josh Wicks

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Andrew Boyens, Kevin Goldthwaite, Jeff Parke, Dave van den Bergh (Juan Pietravallo 89), Dane Richards (Hunter Freeman 50), Carlos Mendes, Jorge Rojas, Seth Stammler, Oscar Echeverry (John Wolyniec 63), Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Leitch, Mike Magee, Zach Thornton, Sinisa Ubiparipovic

Misconduct Summary:
LA — Chris Klein (caution; Pushing, Holding) 2
NY — Jon Conway (caution; Dissent) 64
LA — Peter Vagenas (caution; Dissent) 72

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Rob Fereday; Bill Dittmar
4th official: Lee Suckle
time of game: 1:52
attendance: 46,754
weather: Sunny -and- 94 degrees

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Help on the way (and none too soon, either)

Posted on 14 July 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls team that lines up for Saturday’s game against the L.A. Galaxy should be vastly different from the one that lost to Kansas City last week. In the last fortnight, the team has signed no fewer than four (4) players, each of whom could end up starting Saturday–but probably won’t due to work visas.

Venezuelan international Jorge Rojas will shore up the left side of the midfield with Argentina’s Juan Pietravallo due to take over in the center. Mexican youth international Diego Jimenez can either spell Rojas or take over the left defense spot that has been been an object of consternation for Juan Carlos Osorio all season. Another Venezuelan international, 24-year old defender Gabriel Cichero, was signed on loan. The new signings are consistent with the ones Osorio was discussing in the preseason.

The new players join the club at a crucial time in the MLS season. The Red Bulls are currently dead last in the Eastern Conference, albeit only one point behind the last playoff team, Toronto FC. The team has battled injuries to its two designated players, inconsistency and the loss of Jozy Altidore to Villareal in a dismal first half of the season. It has lost its last three games, including the U.S. Open Cup match to USL-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore, by a combined score of 6-1, scored exactly twice in its last six games and not won since June 21.

But Osorio proved last year that he can turn a team with new personnel around in the second half of the season. Red Bulls fans can hope he is capable of a repeat performance. This weekend’s “David Beckham game” is as good a time as any to start the rally. Last season, a crowd of 66,000 witnessed nine goals and a spectacular win for the home side.

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Zurdo Rojas reportedly signs contract

Posted on 29 June 2008 by ASN Staff

After months of speculation, Jorge “Zurdo” Rojas has signed with the New York Red Bulls according to a report from Venezuela, Rojas’ home country.

The 31-year old announced the news in an autograph session at the Hotel San Miguel in Maturin, the report says. He is supposed to travel to New York Monday, it adds. Rojas was quoted as saying “everything is ready,” and that he was happy with how things evolved.

The left wing has been capped 82 times by the Venezuelan national team.

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