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Edson Buddle's early goal gives Galaxy 1-0 win over Red Bulls

Posted on 15 August 2010 by dkarell

After a win mid-week win over Toronto F.C, the Red Bulls were unable to keep the momentum going against Los Angeles on Saturday night, where they lost 1-0.

Sometimes, one silly mistake can hurt you in a big way. Rafa Marquez, making his home debut for the Red Bulls, lost possession of the ball in the middle of the field to LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho. He expertly put Edson Buddle through on goal, and he easily finished for his league leading 13th goal of the season.

Overall, the Red Bulls didnt play so poorly as you would think by the scoreline.

Early on, Red Bull midfielder Dane Richards used his speed to get past Galaxy defender Ivan DeLaGarza on the right wing on numerous occations, only to see his crosses defended well by the Galaxy defense.

Other times, the Red Bulls tried playing through the middle, or sending balls over top. But both captain Juan Pablo Angel and his strike partner Thierry Henry were not sharp during the match. The Red Bulls were whistled for offsides eight times, many of them on Angel. And while some of them were disputed, eight offsides in a match is not good. Angel leads Major League Soccer with 36 times being whistled for offsides in 20 games played.

In the second half, the Red Bulls seemed to slow down their pace, most likely due to the tired legs they are playing with. Saturday’s game was their third in seven days.

And despite bringing in Mac Kandji and Sinisa Ubiparipovic in the second half, the Red Bulls were unable to equalize, and even just get through a strong Los Angeles defense.

Current U.S. international Omar Gonzalez and former U.S. international Gregg Berhalter combined to shut down two of the best strikers in the world, in Henry and Angel.

And U.S. star Landon Donovan had a good game too, especially in the second half, springing plenty of counter attacks once the Red Bulls had pushed numbers forward.

For the Red Bulls, it was not the greatest performance and debut from Marquez, who most likely was a bit tired from playing with Mexico against Spain in a friendly on Wednesday.

His delivery on free kicks was top notch, but he was pretty quiet throughout the rest of his time in the match.

With the loss, New York still sits in second place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, still five ahead of Toronto, and six back from Columbus.

The Red Bulls now must regroup, and practice their passing in the final third of the field, before they head to Toronto for a match with the Reds next Saturday night, August 21.

Match Facts:

Scoring Summary:

LA — Edson Buddle 13 (Juninho 2) 10

Misconduct Summary:

NY — Juan Pablo Angel (caution; Dissent) 59

NY — Roy Miller (caution; Reckless Foul) 76

Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, A.J. DeLaGarza, Michael Stephens, Chris Birchall (Chris Klein 83), Juninho (Jovan Kirovski 90), Landon Donovan, Tristan Bowen (Mike Magee 61), Edson Buddle.

Substitutes Not Used: Bryan Jordan, Eddie Lewis, Leonardo, Josh Saunders.

New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Dane Richards, Rafael Marquez (Macoumba Kandji 71), Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere, Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 85).

Substitutes Not Used: Danleigh Borman, Mike Petke, Carl Robinson, Seth Stammler, Greg Sutton.

Referee: Mark Geiger

Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor, Peter Manikowski

4th Official: Mark Kadlecik

Weather: Partly cloudy and 76 degrees

Attendance: 25,000

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Johnson saves the game for the Fire; Red Bulls play to scorless tie

Posted on 14 August 2010 by dkarell

With all the light bulbs flashing in the stands, and the five designated players dazzling with their skills on the field, it was a rookie goalkeeper who spun the highlight reel and shined the brightest of them all.

Chicago Fire’s Sean Johnson, making just his second career start, made several huge saves in the last 20 minutes of the match to keep the clean sheet.

The New York Red Bulls failed to score a goal, despite having Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry, Mac Kandji, and new signing Rafa Marquez all on the field at the same time.

For Chicago, it was Freddie Ljungberg’s first start for the club, and eventually, after being brought into the game in the second half, the debut for new signing Nery Castillo.

Chicago began the game with plenty of posession, taking advantage of the consistantly out of place Red Bull midfield to launch attacks upfield.

Ljungberg played like a man posessed, making strong runs through the middle of the field, and early on being the focal point of the offense.

However, the Red Bull defensive line stayed strong, and were able to repel many of the early Fire attacks.

After twenty minutes, Thierry Henry had his first chance of the game for the Red Bulls, dribbling past a couple of defenders, but his shot on goal was week and went right to Johnson.

Towards the end of the first half, Chicago had a great chance to take the lead. Brian McBride took advantage of Tim Ream, who was caught up field and out of position, as he dribbled in towards goal. McBride saw the forward run from Ljungberg, and played him a through ball. But Ljungberg was unable to get a shot off, as the bouncing pass deflected off of his shin and out of play.

After Thierry Henry left the match in the 45th minute, due to muscle cramps, his replacement Dane Richards made an immediate impact.

Marquez played a long through ball on the ground into the box, and Richards was able to beat his man and race onto the ball. His quickly played pass through the box missed everyone though, and the Red Bulls had to settle for a 0-0 scoreline at the half.

In the second half, the Red Bulls began to control the game more, using more possession, and being patient on the attack.

In the 68th minute, Johnson made his first of many huge saves, when Juan Pablo Angel’s quick strike from just outside of the left side of the box was sizzling towards the near post, before being parried away.

With the Red Bulls holding the momentum, and looking for a win, coach Hans Backe brought in Salou Ibrahim in the 80th minute to try and get the game’s first goal. This set up an epic final ten minutes of the match.

Johnson made a name for himself, saving a shot from Seth Stammler, a terrific volley off a corner kick from Tim Ream, and a header from Angel, all in the span of a couple of minutes.

In the end, the Red Bulls and Fire settled for the 0-0 draw, though it was by no means a boring match.

The draw hurts New York though, who has not won a game in MLS play since June 26, a 3-0 win at Kansas City. Since then, they have recorded four draws and a loss.

The Red Bulls shake off the dust quickly, as they head back to Red Bull Arena to face Toronto F.C. on Wednesday, August 11.

Match Facts

Scoring Summary:

None

Discipline Summary:

CHI – Baggio Husidic (Yellow Card) 31’
NYRB – Tim Ream (Yellow Card) 32’
NYRB – Carlos Mendes (Yellow Card) 80

Lineups:

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Dasan Robinson (Steven Kinney, 59’), C.J. Brown, Wilman Conde, Krzystof Krol; Marco Pappa (Deris Umanzor, 92’), Logan Pause Baggio Husidic, Mike Banner; Freddie Ljungberg; Brian McBride (C) (Nery Castillo, 56’)

New York Red Bulls: Bouna Coundoul; Chris Albright, Carlos Mendes, Tim Ream, Roy Miller; Rafael Marquez (Seth Stammler, 61’), Tony Tchani (Salou Ibrahim, 80’), Joel Lindpere, Macoumba Kandji; Thierry Henry (Dane Richards, 45’), Juan Pablo Angel

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Daniel Belleau; James Conlee
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear and 85 degrees
Attendance: 21,868

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Rafa Marquez Becomes DP Number Three

Posted on 03 August 2010 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls have announced the acquisition of an unprecedented third Designated Player to their roster today, signing Mexican International Captain and Barcelona stand out Rafael Marquez to a three and a half year deal.

Much like his fellow Barcelona alumn, Thierry Henry, Marquez made it clear; his mission is to be a winner. “This isn’t a move to finalize my career, since I am 31 years old, and I can still give much more,” explained Marquez. “I’ve come to fight, to be the best, to make sure my team comes out champion. I am not here for vacations. I am here to put in my part to make my team the champions of this league.”

And Marquez knows a thing or two about championships. Internationally, he won the 1999 Confederations Cup and the 2003 Gold cup. He was a major catalyst in the Mexican midfield on the lead up to this summers World Cup as well, accumulating 94 caps throughout his career. On the club level, he began his career with Atlas, debuting at the age of 17. From there, he moved onto Ligue 1 competition with Monaco, helping the French side win the league. But what he is best known for is his seven year stint in Barcelona. There, Marquez accumulated four La Liga championships, a UEFA title, and was a major part of Barcelona’s 08-09 campaign, which saw the team accumulate six trophies in one season.

It is that winning quality and leadership which Red Bull brass hopes translates to on field success. “Rafael has shown on the club and international level that he is one of the world’s top players,” said Dietmar Beiersdorfer. “He has been a winner at all levels and illustrated that he is a leader both on and off the field. We are thrilled that he decided to come to the Red Bulls at this time in his career.”

“Today, we are bringing in experience, leadership and I could say quality, quality, quality on the pitch,” said Hans Backe. “His distribution, he is only 31 years old, he is a hungry player, and he will definitely make a difference on our midfield.”

Marquez is expected to be playing on the bottom half of a diamond midfield formation, and from the sounds of it, he seems well up for the challenge and looks eager to perform for not only the Red Bulls fan base, but the sizable Mexican audience in New York as well. “I’ve played the position for well over a year now, so I expect no problems,” he said. “A large part of the American population is Mexican, so yes, it is a great motivation knowing people of my country are here. I hope they support us.”

This move completes the third and final allotted designated player slot for the team, and with his addition, the Red Bulls continue to build expectations towards a championship. Towing the company line, however, the Mexican international makes sure to weigh expectations of grandeur wisely. “The team is in good position (in the standings) so we aim towards the playoffs. From there, it is up to us. So, if not this year, then maybe next.”

With Thierry Henry, and Juan Pablo Angel providing the attack, that statement seems like a distinct possibility.
–David Martinez

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