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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.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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Episode 13: The unlucky loss to Columbus, the surprising win over Juventus, Ives Galarcep and more!

Posted on 26 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup

This week we are delighted to welcome Ives Galarcep of SoccerByIves.net to the broadcast! We discuss the team’s loss to Columbus, its win over Juventus and take a look at the upcoming schedule. Of course bull and cow and listener email as well. Check it out!

Seeing Red! is a collaboration of ASN’s Nathaniel E. Baker, Mark Fishkin of TheKinOfFish and Dave Martinez of RedBulls.TheOffside. For more information visit SeeingRedNY.com.

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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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Juventus at RBA and the folly of catering to Eurosnobs

Posted on 20 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

As you may have heard by now, Juventus Turin will visit Red Bull Arena May 23 to play an exhibition match against the New York Red Bulls.

Judging by the reactions of the blog- and Twittersphere, local soccer fans are immensely excited about this. Red Bull has jacked up ticket prices for the event and is even making season ticket holders pay full charge. The team fully expects to sell all 25,000 tickets regardless. That noise you heard was the ka-CHING of cash registers in Salzburg (and probably Torino, too).

Personally, I don’t get all the hooplah. And that’s not because Juventus had a terrible season and are nowhere near as good as the elite teams in Europe. I’ve just never understood the allure of these exhibitions. The games don’t count for anything and the visiting team doesn’t play at full strength even when they do show up with their full ensemble of stars (which rarely happens anyway. See Robinho and Santos).

Speaking of Santos, the real allure of that event (for me at least) was Red Bull Arena. For a “grand opening” gala such as that one, exhibition matches are perfectly suitable. At midseason? Not so much.

Okay, so chalk that up to personal preference. If people are excited about a local soccer game, no matter the cause, that’s their prerogative. Besides, it really speaks to the sport’s growth in this country, which is undoubtedly a good thing, right?

Not quite. In fact, one can argue it’s not at all an indication of soccer’s growth, but the exact opposite.

Novelty acts like Juventus are exactly that: one-off events whose main intent is to generate cash. There’s nothing wrong with this, especially if it’s effective. The team can then use the money to market locally, invest in new players, etc. But an indication of true local interest it’s not–or at least no more than a 1951 Harlem Globetrotters game at the Vatican reflected clergical interest in professional basketball at the time. Nor is it likely to generate any kind of sustained interest in the team itself.

At least, that has been the pattern with previous exhibitions of this type. Red Bull Arena might change this equation a bit. Or not: Attendance at the team’s last home game against FC Dallas (13,667) was little more than half what it was for the Santos match (25,000).

These exhibitions are at best short-term solutions to generate a bundle of cash that can then be reinvested in the all-important “grass roots.” But like many short-term solutions, you can’t help but wonder about negative fall-out. In this instance, the Red Bulls and MLS may want to ask themselves whether they really want to cultivate an audience for a one-off event.

Most people who attend the Juventus match will have probably never seen the New York Red Bulls play in person (or on TV for that matter). The may never again, either. They could be from the “old country,” or perhaps just think they are (i.e. Eurosnobs). They may be genuinely curious in the sport but for whatever reason didn’t feel compelled to see games before (or perhaps didn’t know the option was even available). Or they may be young people who play the game on an organized level.

Sure, some of them might come back another time and maybe, just maybe, a few will become regulars. But this is unlikely, because MLS has few recognizable names or stars for them to latch on to. And American consumers generally can’t be bothered with a learning curve of this type, especially for a league that makes no secrets of being second-rate.

Even though the best U.S. players (with one exception) ply their trade overseas, MLS in many ways remains the ultimate yardstick of soccer’s progress in this country. That is true both of the level of play and the amounts of support the league receives. Regarding the latter, MLS today is very fragmented, with season ticket sales well into five figures in Toronto and Seattle, while franchises in Dallas, Colorado and Los Angeles (Chivas) are fortunate to break five figures at individual games.

Locally, the Red Bulls have averaged a gate of about 12,000 in their 14-year history. This year, it’s 19,333 after two games. This is obviously an improvement owing in no small part to Red Bull Arena. But the sample size is small. More importantly, attendance at MLS games trails international exhibitions in the area by a wide margin. This “spread” (financial jargon) will obviously be much smaller now in a stadium where attendance is capped at 25,000 versus at Giants Stadium, which fit 80,000.

Nevertheless, if the “spread” remains wide, or if one exists at all, it indicates soccer is still looked on mainly as an exotic diversion, not something that has truly been embraced by the public. And that’s where MLS needs to tread carefully. Ideally, they wouldn’t play these exhibitions at all. Eurosnobs and others would either continue the folly of supporting teams thousands of miles away, or would embrace MLS for MLS’ sake–not just because “their” team happens to be playing a local exhibition. This would allow a true grassroots to take root and flourish.

Obviously, that’s not realistic. These exhibitions are cash cows and teams on both sides of the Atlantic (or the Rio Grande) need to milk them. Unfortunately, this detracts from MLS’ long-term mission. It allows the league to pad its coffers from something that is literally foreign. That’s not a way to grow the sport in this country–at least not with the people that matter.

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