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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Twelve

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Breton Bonnette

With the World Cup in its latter stages, Major League Soccer resumed and the crowds did not disappoint. Even in Toronto, where all hell is breaking loose, 18,000 plus made it out to watch what unfortunately turned out to be an utter stalemate. The story of the week, however, was the opening of PPL Park. A packed house, fresh off the disappointment of the USMNT crashing out in the Round of 16, were treated to a Union come from behind victory. The vote for ASN’s Player of the Week came down to two strikers less than 100 miles apart – the Union’s Sebastien Le Toux and RBNY’s Juan Pablo Angel. Read on to see who came out on top…

GK: Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake – 8.5

Nick’s quietly impressed anyone paying attention to Rio Tinto stadium, as he’s been solely responsible for RSL’s strong run of form. Nick has saved late attempts on goal in the past two matches and seems poised for another solid post-season performance. – Patrick McShane, ASN Real Salt Lake

DEF: Ike Opara, San Jose – 7.5

In tandem with Bobby Burling, rookie Opara helped return the Quakes to fine defensive form as they left Salt Lake with a vital point. Going up against an opponent that have a 16 game unbeaten streak at home is not easy, especially coming off a 2-week break for the World Cup. Opara and Burling looked solid in defense and got in the way of plenty of Salt Lake chances, making Jon Busch’s debut with San Jose just a little bit easier.

DEF: Shea Salinas, Philadelphia – 7

The pacy option to prevent Montero from running wild like he did in the opener and to especially guard against rising star Steve Zakuani, becoming more and more confident at the back with every passing appearance.   For the first time, really seemed to take on primary defensive responsibilities and showed himself to be the aggressor.  Started to push forward in the 2nd half, with Jordan Harvey staying back.  The highlight of his forays forward was the clipped ball towards Moreno that drew the foul call in the box that resulted in the penalty kick and the Union’s first goal. – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

DEF: Carlos Mendes, New York – 7.5

Rarely made a bad tackle. Disrupted the Kansas City offense and stayed composed throughout the full 90. It’s pretty interesting to see him making his first Best XI of the year. He has been on the fringe of the squad for so long that even Red Bull fans are starting to forget him. This performance will ensure Hans Backe gives him a second look or two throughout the rest of the season.

MID: Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake – 8

Despite the scoreless draw, Morales again put in a solid performance and probably deserved something better as he continually put RSL in position to score but wasn’t rewarded in the end. – Patrick McShane, ASN Real Salt Lake

MID: Fred, Philadelphia Union – 7

Played at his consistently solid level, providing useful touches around the box.  A bit more aggressive in the last third this match than in those previous, getting 2 shots on frame, both quality scoring chances (the second of which was the 79th minute goal off of Sebastien Le Toux’s corner kick).  Came off to a standing ovation and several “we are not worthy” salutes in the 81st minute. – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

MID: Bobby Convey, San Jose – 7.5

Convey’s efforts didn’t materialize into anything showing on the scoreboard but his work kept Real Salt Lake from attacking all game at Rio Tinto Stadium. Salt Lake pushed their unbeaten streak at home to 16 but Convey made sure at least San Jose was going home with a point. He has become the engine of a revitalized San Jose squad, possibly warranting a thought or two when it comes to All-Star voting.

MID: David Ferreira, FC Dallas – 7.5

El Torito had a hand in both Hoops goals that kept the FC Dallas momentum mounting. It was his corner that hit off Chivas USA fullback Ante Jazic to put Dallas up and his converted penalty that put the game away. Ferreira also did the dirty work off the ball – drawing fouls, throwing himself into tackles. Hoops fans are starting to see consistency and a lot of that can be attributed to the play of Ferreira.

MID: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia – 8.5

As always, led the attack, but 3 shots on goal in the 1st half did not seem to overly worry Keller.  This all changed in the 2nd half, first putting away the equalizing penalty kick in the 54th minute, then becoming the point guard on the break.  Playing at midfield to accommodate Danny Mwanga’s recent addition to the first 11, Seba’s work rate really produced results in the final 45 minutes.  In addition to taking 6 corner kicks of the 8 Philadelphia created,  he was able to be the link between the midfield and the attack that this team has been looking for.  Direct involvement in all 3 goals and really should have had 2 assists, but for the fact that Mwanga’s was technically unassisted due to the fact that it was off the rebound – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

FWD: Juan Pablo Angel, New York – 8.5, ASN’s PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Angel made Aaron Hohlbein look silly on more than one occasion and helped deliver the Red Bulls a post-World Cup break win. His brace sealed a 3-0 win that may or may not spell the beginning of the end for Peter Vermes in Kansas City. Angel’s goals were his 7th and 8th of the season, scored in a span of 10 minutes. Could a partnership with Thierry Henry be on its way?

FWD: Emilio Renteria, Columbus – 8

Regardless of an atrocious Guillermo Barros Schellotto handball, Emilio Renteria put in one of his finest performances as a member of the Crew. The Colombian terrorized the right flank and clanged the shot off the post that led to Schelloto’s goal.


On to Week 13! We should have an interesting read up on the Best XI of the first 10 games of the season sometime soon. The World Cup break did us in for a while. Better late than never though.


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Back in the saddle, RBNY trounce Wizards, 3-0

Posted on 27 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Salou Ibrahim and Juan Pablo Angel combined to score three second half goals to give the New York Red Bulls an easy 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night.
In their first game back after league-mandated FIFA World Cup break, the Red Bulls got their third straight victory in MLS play.

Bouna Coundoul turned in a strong performance for the visitors, recording seven saves and becoming the first goalkeeper in MLS history to record two assists in a league game.

The Red Bulls (8-5-0), whose last MLS match was a 1-0 win over Chivas USA June 5 at Red Bull Arena, stayed in a tie with Columbus for first-place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points after the Crew defeated D.C. United, 2-0, earlier in the evening. It was New York’s first victory in Kansas City since Sept. 10, 2005.

Solid defensive play dominated the first half with both teams having few chances to score. In the 21st minute, Wizards midfielder Davy Arnaud had a go from long range, but his shot was caught by Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Five minutes earlier, Ibrahim headed a Sinisa Ubiparipovic delivery wide.

In the 25th minute, Kansas City’s Kei Kamara nearly gave the hosts the lead when he created space at the top of the penalty box and lashed an attempt just past the left post. Soon after, Ibrahim got hold of the ball near the penalty spot and rolled his shot at goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Ibrahim almost gave the Red Bulls the lead in the 30th minute with the team’s best chance of the half. Danleigh Borman had space on the left wing and whipped in a cross that Ibrahim deflected just past the right post from six yards out.

The Wizards looked to get on the board two minutes into the second half, with Josh Wolff putting Arnaud through into the box. However, the Kansas City midfielder could not put his strike on net. Later, Jack Jewsbury deflected in a Ryan Smith attempt that just missed the goal mouth.

New York took the lead in the 55th minute off a defensive miscue. Coundoul kicked it long into the Wizards’ half and the defense did not clear, as Ibrahim ran onto it and headed past Nielsen for his third goal of the season.

The game picked up after Ibrahim’s tally with Coundoul being called upon to make two saves within three minutes, first blocking away a Kamara attempt before parrying Arnaud’s blast from 20 yards out. On the other end, Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler almost doubled New York’s lead in the 58th minute when his 30-yard right-footed piledriver beat Nielsen, but slammed off the crossbar. Stammler again tested Nielsen from distance seven minutes later and the goalkeeper was able to push the Red Bull’s shot to the side.

Angel recorded his seventh goal of the season eight minutes from full time, racing onto a Coundoul pass and ripping a shot under Nielsen. The Colombian wasn’t done for the evening, notching his franchise-leading 11th multi-goal game for New York when he muscled his way past his defender, dribbled around Nielsen and slid it into the empty net.

The Wizards were reduced to 10 men in second half stoppage time, as Arnaud was shown a red card for a late tackle on midfielder Joel Lindpere.

New York returns to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, taking on USL-2 side, the Harrisburg City Islanders, at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA, on Tuesday, June 29 at 7:00 PM in the tournament’s third round. The Red Bulls then travel to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday, July 4.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Kansas City Wizards 0
June 26, 2010 – CommunityAmerica Ballpark; Kansas City, KS
Attendance: 10,385

Scoring Summary:
NY: Salou Ibrahim 3 (Bouna Coundoul 1) 55’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 7 (Bouna Coundoul 2) 82’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 8 (unassisted) 90’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Joel Lindpere (caution) 43’
KC: Jimmy Conrad (caution) 43’
KC: Graham Zusi (caution) 80’
KC: Davy Arnaud (ejection) 94’+

New York Red Bulls (8-5-0, 24 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Chris Albright, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Roy Miller 77’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani (Mike Petke 89’), Salou Ibrahim (Conor Chinn 77’), Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton (GK), Luke Sassano, Irving Garcia, John Wolyniec

Kansas City Wizards (3-6-3, 12 pts.) –Jimmy Nielsen (GK), Michael Harrington, Aaron Hohlbein, Jimmy Conrad, Chance Myers, Craig Rocastle (Graham Zusi 66’), Jack Jewsbury (Teal Burnbury 71’), Davy Arnaud, Ryan Smith, Josh Wolff (Birahim Diop 84’), Kei Kamara

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg (GK), Matt Besler, Jonathan Leathers, Korede Aiyegbusi

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple, Peter Manikowski
4th Referee: Geoff Gamble

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Photo gallery: RBNY 1, Chivas USA 0

Posted on 07 June 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo on June 2 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

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Player Ratings: RBNY 1, Chivas USA 0

Posted on 06 June 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls defeated Chivas USA 1-0 in the last MLS match before the World Cup break for both teams. It was a lethargic affair from two very tired teams, punctuated only by Seth Stammler’s highlight goal, occasional roughhousing and questionable refereeing decisions (or non-decisions). Here ASN’s player rankings for the victorious Red Bulls:

Bouna Condoul: 5
Caught badly out of position on an early chance by Chivas but was bailed out by the cross bar. Speaking of which, he still does not appear to have a clue about playing the position of goalkeeper. It didn’t cost the team this time, because Chivas were anemic, but it’s a major stretch to say he’s making any improvements in this glaring weakness in his game.

Chris Albright: 7
Held his ground very well at right back, shutting down whatever activity there was on that side of the field. Was vocal directing the younger players in front of him and helping the team keep its shape–a vital factor against a possession team like Chivas. Also did a decent job of crossing the ball into the box, though a few of his long balls were taken in haste when he might have had better options. Had a few promising overlapping runs. Generally ran a lot. It’s great to see him this active and spry.

Carlos Mendes: 9
If it weren’t for a certain game-winning goal, he would be man of the match, hands down. As is his rating is one of if not the highest any Red Bulls player has received this season. Not only played his position perfectly, but also had the wherewithal to cover for others’ mistakes (most notably Tim Ream’s). His tackles ended several Chivas attacks. Excellent performance. His career may have legs after all. Have to consider him the starter at this position at this point.

Tim Ream: 5
Was badly beaten on two occasions in the first half, both likely would have led to shots on goal (if not goals themselves) had Mendes not astutely covered him. Was not very good at distributing the ball either. But recovered nicely at the end of the first half (terrific tackle on Justin Braun in what could have been a Chivas break in minute 39) and in the second half to earn an even grade.

Danleigh Borman: 6
Worked hard and with effect. Several nice tackles disrupted Chivas’ game, or what passed for one. Did an excellent job dispossessing Justin Braun on a first-half chance by Chivas. On the other side of the ball, too many of his passes were not well-placed and led to turnovers. Otherwise he could have had a higher grade.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic (off 12′): N/A
What he showed before his first half injury was very promising; some terrific dribbles into the Chivas defensive third and nice passes into space. Among Bulls players who were on the team before this year, he may be the most pleasant surprise.

Tony Tchani: 7
Appeared more comfortable at left wing, where he created all kind of havoc before moving over to take Ubiparipovic’ spot on the right. Either that or he just ran himself ragged in the opening minutes. But with a 1-0 lead he didn’t need to run as hard or seek to create as many chances as he did in a tied game. Did very well with the balls that were sent his way, playing clever passes into space and hardly (never?) turning the ball over.

Seth Stammler: 8
His superb goal obviously carries a lot of weight in this rating, but Stammler played an all-around strong game. Was active on both sides of the pitch. Distributed the ball well. His few turnovers were caused by pressure more than lackadaisical play.

Roy Miller (on 12′): 6
More active than he has been, with a few nicely-timed tackles and good runs. But still need to see a lot more of him. Lent a measure of stability to the team. Perhaps better as a left back?

Joel Lindpere: 6
The Estonian Express has clearly been running on fumes the past couple of weeks. Part of that is no doubt due to the weather, which he has said to dislike. That said, there were a few nice runs in the first half. On one of these Angel didn’t have the legs to run onto a perfectly-placed pass into space. How Angel managed to find blame in Lindpere for this is beyond me, but that’s exactly what happened, if facial expressions are to be believed. Did well on free kicks in the second. Too bad he ran out of steam.

John Wolyniec: 4
The Staten Island Ronaldinho was largely invisible other than to trip up or demonstrate just how out of tune he was with his teammates. Okay there was also a golden opportunity he had in the first half that was deflected by an astute Martin Trujillo.

Juan Pablo Angel: 3
More of what we’ve come to expect: bickering at teammates, drifting back into midfield, not making runs in the attacking end, a weak first touch, zero mobility, turning the ball over virtually every time he touched it. Other than that he was great. As long as he continues to bail out the team with injury time freekicks we can kind of justify a spot for him in the starting 11. And oh yeah, he was offside on that late goal that was called off.

Salou Ibrahim (on 66′): 3
Did more to hinder the team’s attack than support it. Sure it isn’t easy coming into a game as a substitute but this was pretty weak.

Mike Petke (on 89′): N/A
In the postgame press conference (links to audio recording), Hans Backe said he held Petke out because of fatigue, not performance. This would be more believable if he weren’t the only starter to be given a rest of this type.

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Photo Gallery: RBNY 2, Dynamo 1

Posted on 06 June 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls dramatic, last-minute win over Houston Dynamo on June 2 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

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Player ratings: RBNY 2, Houston Dynamo 1

Posted on 03 June 2010 by ASN Staff

The Red Bulls pulled off quite the dramatic win last night. After missing several opportunities to seal the game, and nearly letting their dominance of the Dynamo slip through the cracks on Brian Ching’s game tying goal, they were able to regroup and find a way to their sixth win of the season on the leg of their team Captain, Juan Pablo Angel. Click here for the initial match report). But the fact is, the game could have been sealed and delivered long before that strike found its way to the back of the net. And a closer look at the individuals involved brings that to light.

Here are last night’s player ratings:


Bouna wasn’t forced to make any dramatic saves. Even so, he was solid in the air, using his hands to secure and deflect dangerous crosses throughout the match. His positioning was some of the best the team has seen of him this season, and he provided a steady basis for the defenders to work off of.


Playing his first 90 minutes all season, Albright immediately showed his worth on the right side. He played a solid game, subduing Houston’s biggest threats in Brad Davis and Brian Mullan throughout the night. His greatest contribution? An alert strike back in the box from a deflected set piece that found the leg of Sinisa Ubiparipovic for the games first strike.


Petke did a fantastic job of shadowing Brian Ching throughout the game, but was nowhere to be found on the forwards lone goal. It can be argued that the big Hawaiin was offsides, but leaving a man of his repertoire unmarked is a recipe for disaster. Still, Petke helped shut down the forwards with his physical play, and was an enforcer when Angel was brutally tackled and retaliation was needed. Unfortunately, that retaliation lead to yet another yellow for Petke, causing an immediate expulsion for the Chivas game (hence the lower rating).


Ream played the finesse role to Petke’s tough man act. He was calm and confident on the ball, which has become his MO throughout his young career, and was excellent in setting up the first pass in the build up to counter attacks. But, as with Petke, he was nowhere to be found on that Brian Ching goal, and that is what cost him.


Borman continues to impress with a new found patience and confidence on the ball. His tackles were perfectly timed, and his ability to set up breaking passes on the attack yielded results.


Richards lone highlight was a near perfect cross to Angel that was barely cleared out by Eddie Robinson in the box. Minutes later, he pulled up lame with a strained hamstring. Dane came into the game with a knock, and Backe was wary of risking further in injury to his speedy winger.


Starting once again on the left hand side, Stammler looked completely lost. And had it not been for a transition in mid game back to the central defensive midfield slot, his rating may have shot down even lower. Backe was clearly frustrated with his wing play, calling on Stammler on various occasions to the sideline to bark instructions at the out of place midfielder. His shots were errant, flying wide from absurd distances, and his distribution caused various turnovers. He only settled down when he was back in his natural defensive midfield position, where he played the heavy on many Dynamo attacks (which is his bread and butter).


After so much hard work put in all season long, Sinisa found the back of the net in a well deserved goal (his first of the season). His growth, whether at the midfield slot or on the far right, has been outstanding, with his patience on the ball, dribbling ability and overall confidence permeating through his game. Another solid performance.


Clearly, Joel was not at 100%. Even so, Lindpere drove the ball well earlyand distributed well in the midfield slot. His crosses proved very effective early on, and his set piece deliveries in particular were strong, but once he suffered the leg contusion, Backe made the decision to pull him in the 47th.


Wolyniec is a hustler, and deserved a goal. As a matter of fact, his cross bar clanking shot was all on the back of his hard work and relentlessness. He was even able to beat his defender on various occasions to create dangerous opportunities up, top so much so that he was continuously hacked throughout the game. A prototypical Wolyniec performance on his 100th MLS start.


What a difference 2 seconds can make. Up to that set piece game winner, Juan Pablo Angel was clearly wearing the goat horns. He could not beat Pat Onstad on two separate one on one situations, wasted various plays with poor distribution to attacking forwards and midfielders, was stoic early on in his play, and stiff in his deliveries. But all of that is erased with one shot on goal. Make no mistake about it; only Juan Pablo Angel can bury a shot like that. And a shot like that can overshadow all the bad that came before it.


CONOR CHINN: N/A (but encouraging)

Chinn came into the game at the 83rd minute, and almost immediately found himself on the end of a beautiful set piece cross that he was perfectly positioned to act upon. Conor has a natural ability to predict the path of a dangerous ball and put himself into position to make something happen. Of course, he didn’t do much in the waning minutes, but it is always encouraging to see a rookie have that kind of presence of mind.


Tonight, the Bulls saw a side of Tony Tchani they haven’t seen since his acquisition to the team; offensive threat. With Dane Richards down and Joel Lindpere falling to a leg contusion, Backe gave Tchani the green light to put high pressure and go on the attack. His deceptive speed and distributors touch lead to many a dangerous opportunity for the team, and helped keep the Dynamo on their heels.


Though he was able to cover on the left hand side, Hall wasted away plenty of possession opportunities late in the game with wild clearances up field instead of trying to hold on to the ball and look for the open man. He was effective, and at times, was able to push the ball forward, but his inability to patiently handle the ball when the team needed possession could have cost him.

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Angel the hero as RBNY nip Houston, 2-1

Posted on 02 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Juan Pablo Angel has struggled for large portions of the 2010 season, but he sure proved his worth tonight. His exquisitely-placed stoppage time freekick gave the New York Red Bulls a deserved 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo Wednesday, just when it looked like another disappointing result was in store for the Red Bull Arena faithful. “It was the last kick of the game, to win a game that we should have buried,” Angel told MSG immediately after the match. Speaking of MSG, it failed to broadcast the feed for the first 50-some minutes of the match, much to the consternation of one particular reporter who couldn’t make it to Red Bull Arena.

Below a photo sequence of the deciding goal. ©Scott Marsh / ASN. The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

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“We felt it was coming the whole game,” Sinisa Ubiparipovic said of Angel’s dramatic winner. “We kept pushing, kept creating chances…we pushed it up the last 10 minutes and created enough chances to score a beautiful goal.” Ubiparipovic played another excellent game starting at right midfield and put the team up in the first half. Halfway through the second, Brian Ching was left unmarked by Mike Petke and tied the game at 1-1. The Red Bulls had plenty of chances in what was probably their best performance of the season. In the first half, Angel blew a chance from point blank range. John Wolyniec hit the crossbar in the second, moments before Houston’s equalizer.

With the dramatic win the Red Bulls halt a four game losing streak in MLS matches. With the World Cup break coming up it comes at an opportune time indeed. Much more on this in a bit. In the meantime listen to Hans Backe’s postgame press conference.

Or discuss the match in our forum thread dedicated to that purpose.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Houston Dynamo 1
June 2, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 11,462

Scoring Summary:
NY: Sinisa Ubiparipovic 1 (Chris Albright 1) 15’
HOU: Brian Ching 2 (Bobby Boswell 1) 65’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 6 (unassisted) 94’+

Disciplinary Summary:
HOU: Richard Mulrooney (caution) 13’
HOU: Eddie Robinson (caution) 28’
NY: Danleigh Borman (caution) 31’
NY: Chris Albright (caution) 40’
HOU: Brian Mullan (caution) 40’
NY: Jeremy Hall (caution) 59’
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 75’
HOU: Lovel Palmer (caution) 89’

New York Red Bulls (6-5-0, 18 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Chris Albright, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Joel Lindpere (Jeremy Hall 47’), Seth Stammler, Dane Richards (Tony Tchani 15’), John Wolyniec (Conor Chinn 83’), Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Irving Garcia, Luke Sassano, Juan Agudelo

Houston Dynamo (5-6-1, 16 pts.) – Pat Onstad (GK), Andrew Hainault, Eddie Robinson, Bobby Boswell, Richard Mulrooney, Danny Cruz, Lovel Palmer, Brad Davis, Brian Mullan (Corey Ashe 46’), Brian Ching (Joseph Ngwenya 81’), Cam Weaver (Dominic Oduro 61’)

Substitutes Not Used: Tally Hall, Craig Waibel, Ryan Cochrane, Luis Angel Landin

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Jeff Muschik
4th Referee: Mark Geiger

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Juve 1

Posted on 28 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-1 win over Juventus Turin May 23 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, without the customary snarky commentary because, well, the guy who writes them doesn’t care about these friendlies. Besides, the photos should speak for themselves. The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

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Garcia stakes his claim as starter as RBNY trounce Juve

Posted on 23 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Three second half goals paced the New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 victory over Italian Serie A club Juventus FC in front of 18,735 at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon. Jeremy Hall, Conor Chinn and captain Juan Pablo Angel all found the back of the net against the 27-time Italian Scudetto winner, but it was Irving Garcia who impressed most. The 22-year old rookie was everywhere, outdribbling the supposed world-class Juventus defenders and creating chances. If Hans Backe doesn’t start Garcia in Dane Richards’ place now he either didn’t watch the match or is being blackmailed. Come to think of it, maybe Richards does have something on the Swedish coach? Match report follows. Many more photos in our gallery dedicated to the match. Check it out.

Conor Chinn celebrates scoring the Red Bulls' second goal. At left Juve goalkeeper Alex Manninger picks himself off the ground ©Scott Marsh/ASN

It was the first-ever match between the two teams and Juventus became the first European club to play at Red Bull Arena.

Irving Garcia created a good opportunity for the hosts early on, as he cut around a Juventus defender and into the box before firing a shot that goalkeeper Alex Manninger punched over the net. Juventus had a few chances to take the lead in the 18th minute, but Brazilian midfielder Diego’s long range blast went straight into the arms of Red Bulls goalkeeper Greg Sutton. Two minutes later, Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero tried to catch Sutton off his line, but was unsuccessful as Sutton easily collected the ball.

In the 31st minute, the Juventus backline failed to deal with a Carlos Mendes clearance, and Chinn latched onto the loose ball. Chinn was unable to get a chance on goal however, as Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina caught up to the forward and cleared the ball out for a corner kick.

Del Piero nearly gave Juventus the lead in the 41st minute with their best chance of the first half. The former Italian international did well to create some space for himself in the left side of the Red Bulls box. He fired a shot that beat Sutton but clanged off the crossbar and over the net. The hosts had a great chance just three minutes later, as Chinn turned and fired from eight yards out and Manninger was forced to parry it away.

The Red Bulls broke the deadlock in the 50th minute. After Sinisa Ubiparipovic’s free kick attempt hit off the defensive wall, Garcia fired a shot from 25 yards out that hit the crossbar. The ball fell to Hall, who put home the rebound.

New York doubled its lead just five minutes later. Zebina gave the ball away in the New York end, and Red Bulls’ defender Roy Miller took the ball and raced forward on the left touchline. He sent a long cross into the box to Chinn, who chested the ball down before blasting a shot past Manninger.

Angel and Dane Richards both came into the match in the second half and combined for New York’s third goal. Richards used his speed down the right flank and sent a low cross into the box. Angel found himself all alone at the back post in front of Manninger, and easily finished the chance.

Juventus was able to pull one back in the 90th minute when forward Amauri fired a shot at the top of the box that beat Sutton.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Juventus FC 1
May 23, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 18,735

Scoring Summary:
NY: Jeremy Hall 50’
NY: Conor Chinn 55’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 75’
JUV: Amauri 90’

Disciplinary Summary:
JUV: Goncalo Brandao (caution) 65’


New York Red Bulls – Greg Sutton (GK), Danleigh Borman (Roy Miller 46’), Carlos Mendes, Clebao*, Luke Sassano (Chris Albright 80’), Jeremy Hall (Seth Stammler 68’), Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Tony Tchani, Irving Garcia (Dane Richards 68’), John Wolyniec, Conor Chinn (Juan Pablo Angel 68’)

Juventus FC – Alex Manningger (GK) (Francesco Bardi 81’), Fabio Grosso (Yago Silva Falque 67’), Alessandro Bernardini (Alcibiade Raffaele 81’), Goncalo Brandao (Hasan Salihamidzic 86’), Jonathan Zebina (Zdenek Grygera 56’), Simone Padoin (Luca Bellacastro 81’), Luca Marrone, Diego (Michele Paolucci 56’), Antonio Candreva (Simone Esposito 67’), David Trezeguet (Amauri 46’), Alessandro Del Piero (Paolo de Ceglie 56’)

Referee: Juan Carlos Rivero
Referee’s Assistants: Jason Cullum, Steven Taylor
4th Referee: Mark Geiger

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Photo gallery: Crew 3, RBNY 1

Posted on 22 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 3-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew May 20 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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