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Episode 4: Jack Bell of the New York Times, Red Bull Arena opener and more

Posted on 23 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup

Episode 4 is now live! This week, we are joined by esteemed soccer writer Jack Bell of the New York Times and relive the team’s historic Red Bull Arena opener. Also a look a head at this weekend’s Chicago Fire match and of course reader emails; starting this week there is a second prize awarded in the form of an ASN T-shirt. So give us a listen! And subscribe to us on iTunes!

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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Photo gallery: Red Bull Arena grand opening

Posted on 21 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the Red Bull Arena grand opening event on March 20. Here are just a few of our favorites, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). Even more of these photos are on our Facebook page. For more coverage of the grand opening check our story and videos.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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A dream debut for Red Bull Arena

Posted on 20 March 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Mike Petke celebrates his first goal at Red Bull Arena--and a whole lot more ©Scott Marsh/ASN

The New York Red Bulls kicked off the Red Bull Arena era in style Saturday night, trouncing Santos FC by 3-1. It was a superb performance by New York and one clearly inspired by its new digs in Harrison N.J. The Red Bulls looked so good, it was hard to tell which team was the storied franchise from Brazil and which the supposedly pithy upstarts from Major League Soccer.

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Beyond the home side’s performance, which we’ll get to in a minute, the night was a celebration of its new ground. Here too all the elements came together exactly right; the weather felt more like late May than late March, with daytime temperatures in the 70s but the mood was livened from news that occurred earlier in the day. In a 1 p.m. conference call, the league and its players union announced a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement that will ensure the 2010 MLS season will start on time. So by the afternoon of gameday, fans knew there was nothing to hold back the good cheer.

It only took 11 minutes into the game for the positive vibe to increase to a fever pitch. Joel Lindpere booted a free kick from about 20 yards off the wall, somehow collected his own rebound and deposited it past Santos goalkeeper Fabio Costa.

Santos got back into the game and dominated possession for the ensuing 25 minutes. But the Red Bulls defense, anchored by Mike Petke (wearing the captain’s armband in Juan Pablo Angel’s absence) and rookie Tim Ream held firm.

Shortly before halftime New York took control of the match and largely decided matters. Off of a corner kick Ream headed the ball to a wide open Petke, who tapped it home. 2-0 Red Bulls. Moments later Macoumba Kandji switched the ball to an unmarked Dane Richards streaking down the right side. The Jamaican international wound up and unleashed a laser into the opposite top corner of the net, leaving Costa no chance.

Hans Backe made a few changes after halftime. Carl Robinson left the match, with Juan Agudelo entering in Kandji’s spot. Kandji took up position at left midfield. Ubiparipovic moved over to right mid. Aside from some rough play (mainly by Santos) and a last-minute goal by the visitors the second half was largely uneventful.

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“We looked good today,” Backe said after the match. “We defended very well, all the time. We allowed them just three or four chances over 90 minutes and we created a lot by ourselves.”

The Swedish coach said he was particularly impressed with Condoul (“made some spectacular saves in the first half”) and Ream (“this must be a player for the U.S. national team in a couple of years”).

Backe said he would make a decision on trialist Ibrahim Salou “tomorrow” (Sunday). Asked to say which way he was leaning, the Red Bulls head coach said “I’m rather happy with what I’ve seen.”

Asked his impression of Red Bull Arena, Backe said “It’s one of the best I’ve ever been in the last 20 years.”

The move of Kandji to left midfield after halftime was not a one-off. “I think he can be an option as a wide left player,” the coach said.

John Wolyniec on Red Bull Arena:
“It was great. Fans got here early in numbers. We’re real happy about that. So proud. So grateful. The construction of the building is great. Even when the stadium was halfway full during warmups it was still pretty loud. We found it hard to even talk to each other on the bench [during the game]. It’s definitely a great atmosphere.”

Jeremy Hall on marking Brazilian prodigy Neymar
“I just tried to let him come at me as much as possible until I got around the 18. I knew he was going to run into help, he was gonna cut inside and go out wide. The team did a good job helping me out. He wasn’t really going anywhere, just coming inside and he got stuffed…overall I thought we did a great job defending him.”

Juan Agudelo on coming through the team’s developmental system as opposed to college:
“My goal in life is to be one of the best soccer players in the world, or the top 100. Most of those people that were in the top 100 didn’t go to college; they started their careers early and that’s what I would like to do. And that’s what’s going to happen.

My targets [for this season] are to score a couple of goals and help the team when they need me. Get assists and goals. That’s my job.”

Videos

Prematch (Red Bull) player introductions:


Here Mike Petke discusses “the longest six weeks of my life”–the last 10 years leading up to tonight’s grand opening:

A stirring rendition of the star spangled banner by Kelly Rowland:

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Santos FC 1
March 20, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ

Scoring Summary:
NY: Joel Lindpere (unassisted) 11’
NY: Mike Petke (Tim Ream, Carl Robinson) 43’
NY: Dane Richards (Macoumba Kandji) 45’
SAN: Germano (Alex Sandro) 91’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Ibrahim Salou (caution) 16’
SAN: Bruno Aguiar (caution) 42’
SAN: Zezinho (caution) 58’
NY: Wolyniec (caution) 73’

Lineups:

Santos FC – Fabio Costa (Rapahel 86’), Bruno Aguiar, Alex Sandro (Wesley Santos 64’), George Lucas, Alan Santos (Jefferson 82’), Luciano Castan, Neymar, Germano, Breitner (Diego Monar 46’), Giovanni (Marcel 46’), Zezinho (Crystain 80’)

New York Red Bulls (7-0-3) – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Greg Sutton 61’), Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Mike Petke (Andrew Boyens 80’), Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Joel Lindpere (Tony Tchani 85’), Carl Robinson (Juan Agudelo* 46’), Dane Richards (Luke Sassano 61’), Macoumba Kandji (Austin da Luz 73’), Ibrahim Salou* (John Wolyniec 67’)

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante, Thomas Supple
4th Official: Mark Geiger
Attendance: 25,000

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A time of mixed emotions (for now)

Posted on 19 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Fans of New York’s Major League Soccer franchise, toughened by a decade and a half of hardship, are no strangers to misery. If their team’s 15 years of dreary existence at the East Rutherford, N.J., Meadowlands accomplished anything, it certainly made them (at least somewhat) immune to such negative emotions.

A metaphorical cloud hangs over Red Bull Arena... ©ASN/Scott Marsh

But now is not a time for negativity. The team’s gleaming new soccer palace in Harrison, N.J., Red Bull Arena, stands ready for its “grand opening” tomorrow evening. The match with Brazil’s Santos FC has been sold out for some time. The new ground has received rave reviews from virtually anybody who set foot in it (including this guy). Even the weather is cooperating, with record high temperatures and sunny skies enveloping the New York region. An aura of positivity, renewal and yes, hope, hangs over the team.

Or does it? Because there are reasons to believe the curse that has hung over the team since its inception is not dead or even dormant, but healthier than ever–and indeed plotting its cruelest joke yet. As if to launch a warning shot across the bow of fans flight of fancy, tonight come reports of brush fires in Harrison, N.J. (ASN is monitoring the situation and will update this story if the grand opening is affected in any way). More concretely, the MLS labor impasse leaves a dark (metaphorical) cloud hanging over Red Bull Arena. Just when the New York Red Bulls franchise is ready to break free of the doom and gloom that has forever haunted it, fans are faced with the very real possibility that the season could be postponed (or worse) by a players strike.

This unfortunate situation has tempered the unprecedented aura of positivity. Which begs the question: If it’s constrained, can it really be called happiness?

Whatever its name, it has Red Bulls fans in a strange state. Why let it all ride and let optimism rein, as this blogger did, when you’re only going to be let down (dramatically) later on? On the other hand, this is a new era in the team’s history and it should be embraced with glee (okay bad wordchoice. Let’s move on. Quickly). Besides, aren’t the players just posturing? The last reports out of Washington, D.C., where the two sides have been meeting, tell of marathon sessions, which implies progress. And even if there is a strike, many expect it to be short, perhaps very short. Maybe it won’t even affect the team’s March 27 home opener?

Or is this just all wishful thinking? Soccer’s history in this country is pockmarked by infighting and self-destruction more than just about anything. Some pundits are saying a strike would endanger the league’s very existence. Already, owners are talking tough. Is this just more posturing? Where will this all end?

The truth is, nobody knows. Could the players really be angry (or crazy?) enough to go through with a strike? Why don’t the owners just give in to a few of their demands if it means salvaging topflight professional soccer in this country? Or are the players not being realistic? Haven’t owners sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into MLS? Shouldn’t they be able to recover some of these costs? Or is this really not about money, as player (officially) claim?

There are countless questions and they present a real conundrum, particularly for Red Bulls fans. On some level you do want to think a solution will be found–particularly if the sides are presently in negotiations. Surely, cooler heads will prevail, a settlement will be reached and the season will kick off on time. There is simply too much (including a $200 million “arena”) hanging in the balance. A deal will get done and MLS will live happily ever after. A year from now we’ll barely even remember this stuff.

Then again, that might just be horribly naive. Maybe it’s wiser to anticipate the worst? At least you won’t be let down. And hey, maybe the Sky Blue FC can use Red Bull Arena in the interim? Or else there’s always rugby.

At least all this neurosis proves one thing: The Red Bulls are a true New York team. Hopefully they can remain one long enough to enjoy the new stadium.

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'Newark Trolley' routes announced

Posted on 17 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today the creation of free special “Newark Trolley” service to all of the team’s home games beginning March 20 with the Grand Opening event against Santos, FC of Brazil. The Newark Trolley service is a joint effort between the municipalities of Newark and Harrison, as well as the Greater Newark Visitors & Convention Bureau and Grey Line/Coach USA. There will be three (3) different trolley routes that will operate each match and service will run two (2) hours before each scheduled match and for one (1) hour after each match.

The three Newark Trolley routes will operate as follows:

  • Route One (Red) will operated through Newark’s Ironbound and have 10 stops that will begin and end at Red Bull Arena.
  • Route Two (Yellow) will be an express route from Newark’s Penn Station directly to Red Bull Arena.
  • Route Three (Blue) will originate at Newark’s Broad Street Station, located 25 University Avenue, and travel into Harrison via Harrison Avenue and down Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard to Red Bull Arena.

The complete routes are listed below. Fans can see the three Red Bull Arena routes with each of the pick up locations at www.newarktrolley.com.

Red – Ironbound Route
– Depart from Stop Red Bull Arena: Cape May Street @ 6th Street.
– Stop I5: Corner of Market Street and Polk Street.
– Stop I6: Corner of Market Street and Fillmore Street.
– Stop I7: Corner of Ferry Street and St. Charles Street.
– Stop I8: Corner of Ferry Street and Chambers Street.
– Stop I9: Corner of Ferry Street and Merchant Street.
– Stop I10: Corner of Ferry Street and Jackson Street.
– Stop I11: Corner of Ferry Street and Madison Street.
– Stop I12: Corner of Ferry Street and Prospect Street.
– Stop I4: Corner of Market Street and Madison Street.
– Return to Stop Red Bull Arena via Jackson Street Bridge.

Yellow – Newark Penn Station Express Route
– Stop Penn Station: Ferry Street between NJ Railroad Ave and Edison Pl (at Peter Francisco Park).
– Arrive at Stop Red Bull Arena via Jackson Street Bridge.
– Return to Stop Penn Station via Jackson Street Bridge.

Blue – Broad Street Station/Harrison Route
– Stop Broad Street Station: Lackawanna Ave. between Broad Street & University Ave.
– Stop H1: Bridge Street @ McCarter Highway (at Rio/Seabra’s Rodizio)
Stop H2: Harrison Ave. @ Dey Street (at Spanish Pavilion).
Stop H3: Fran E. Rodgers Blvd. @ Jersey Street (across from “The Courts” soccer field).
Arrive at Stop Red Bull Arena, Cape May Street @ 6th Street.
Stop H4: Fran E. Rodgers Blvd. @ Jersey Street (at “The Courts” soccer field).
Stop H5: Harrison Ave. @ Dey Street (across from Spanish Pavilion).
Stop H6: Bridge Street @ McCarter Highway (across from Rio/Seabra’s Rodizio)
Return to Broad Street Station.

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Photo gallery: Media day

Posted on 17 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Keith Furman and First Row Photos were kind enough to supply ASN with a bevy of photographs from the New York Red Bulls 2010 media day event. Here are just a tiny sample of our favorites, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). For more media day coverage check the videos we supplied as well as this story.

All photos ©Keith Furman / First Row Photos

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RBNY media day videos

Posted on 16 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN is at Red Bull Arena for the New York Red Bulls 2010 media day activities. We will be updating this post constantly throughout the day, so be sure to check back often. Also follow us on Twitter, if you aren’t doing so already, where we have been posting photos.

Red Bulls GM Eric Stover introduces Red Bull Arena in cake form!

The all time First XI MetroBulls:

Here is footage from the intrasquad practice match that was played earlier. Just ignore the goofy commentary, keeping in mind these are unedited.

Practice Videos





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A few more shots from Red Bull Arena

Posted on 05 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN’s ace photographer Scott Marsh was back at Red Bull Arena this week and snapped some more photos for us. More to wet the whistle of Red Bulls fans, now just days removed from the ground’s soft opening. For a more thorough look at Red Bull Arena, see the shots from our tour.

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Pitch Invasion beats the Red Bull dead horse–from Chicago

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

New York Red Bulls fans finally have reason to be excited. The team’s 14-year purgatory in Giants Stadium is mercifully, and finally, over. The massive Swamp was never meant to be anything beyond a temporary waystation for the New York/New Jersey Major League Soccer franchise. Two ownership groups, one “rebranding” and a decade and a half later, the team has finally bid adieu to the Meadowlands stadium.

Red Bull Arena, in all its glory ©Scott Marsh/ASN

This season the soccer franchise takes up stakes in its new home on the banks of the Passaic River. The new ground, Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, N.J., is everything the Meadowlands was not. For one, it’s a proper soccer stadium, with real grass. It’s right sized, sitting around 25,000 at maximum capacity. It’s easily accessible via public transportation. Most important of all, it belongs to the team. The soccer team is not a guest in this stadium, nor does it have to rent the space. There will be no American football lines on the pitch. The team will not be third-class citizens here. Its name and logo are plastered all around the ground for all to see.

Therein lies the problem for some people. Well, for one person, at least. The venerable PitchInvasion, one of the best-respected soccer blogs out there (for good reason, it should be added), today saw the need to take issue with something local fans had long considered dead and buried: the Red Bull moniker.

A few disclaimers are in order: I do not like the Red Bull “brand”. I hate the colors, the stupid logo and the images of X-d out Eurotrash club kids it evokes. If I had my choice I would have it changed in a heartbeat (though not back to the Metrostars, which itself was a corporate moniker and whose colors had absolutely no basis in local custom or history). And for what it’s worth I really do respect PitchInvasion’s work a great deal. I read the blog regularly and honestly think that for what it does it’s the best in the business.

But I think they overstepped their bounds here. Throughout its 14 year history, Giants Stadium was an albatross weighing the team down and dragging it into the filthy morass of the Jersey swampland. For most of this history, a new stadium was a pipedream. There were countless promises, sure; none more notorious than the “30-60 days” pledges by former GM Nick Sakiewicz that effectively became a cruel inside joke among fans. But for all intents and purposes prospects of a new stadium were very distant, at best, during the Metro years.

Enter Red Bull. The Austrian energy drink company took control of the team in 2006. Ground was broken the following year, but only after Red Bull refused to go along with plans to build a stage at one end of the stadium.

PitchInvasion does not take this into account in their piece. They act as if the stadium still would have been built, to identical specifications, under different ownership (and less abrasive branding). But this is simply not the case. The stadium will be a centerpiece for soccer in the U.S. only as a direct result of Red Bull’s involvement.

There are other problems with the piece. PitchInvasion criticizes a Grant Wahl’s review in Sports Illustrated for being uncritical. Fine. But PitchInvasion hasn’t seen the stadium. Wahl has (so has ASN). This makes PitchInvasion’s critique ring completely hollow.

PitchInvasion even admits “I’m not qualified to offer an opinion one way or the other on the state of New York’s culture of fan support.” Okay, so what are you doing telling them the Red Bull sponsorship constitutes “a discussion Red Bulls fans don’t want to have”? Had PitchInvasion paid any attention at all to the Big Soccer or MetroFanatic message boards the past four years, he would know with absolute certainty that fans have been discussing this very matter at great lengths–too great, in fact. For God’s sake the thing has been beaten to death several times over already.

So yes, Red Bull Arena still is Red Bull. Guess what? You sink $200 million into building a soccer specific stadium in my back yard and I’ll let you call it anything you want. Even a stupid name that I happen to hate. With very few exceptions (seriously though, you couldn’t do better than dig up a three-year old Metrologist piece?) Red Bulls fans have made their peace with this by now. It’s about time others did as well.

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Red Bull Arena to host Czech Republic v Turkey friendly May 22

Posted on 19 February 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today, Feb. 19, that Red Bull Arena will host its first international friendly match on Saturday, May 22 as the national teams of Turkey and the Czech Republic will square off. Match time is slated for 12:30 PM ET.

“We continue our commitment to bring top-caliber soccer matches to Red Bull Arena,” said Erik Stover, Red Bull New York Managing Director. “It’s a great opportunity for us to host two top quality teams and for new people to see and experience Red Bull Arena.”

“It will be a great match in a great atmosphere,” said Vladimir Smicer, manager of the Czech National Team and former star of Liverpool FC and the Czech National Team. “We want to bring a lot of fun and soccer duality to American soccer fans. There will be no absences in the Czech National Team, except serious injuries. With Cech, Baros, Rosicky and company, we are going to show a good game and reach a good result against Turkey – a very strong team. We would like revenge for elimination by Turkey at EURO 2008.”

ASN visited Red Bull Arena Feb. 13 and has a full photo montage of the ground’s insides and outsides.

Ticket Info

Tickets for the match will go on sale exclusively for Red Bulls full season ticket holders on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 10 AM. They will have until Thursday, Feb. 25 at 10 AM to purchase their current season ticket location. After that time, full season ticket holders can purchase additional seats ahead of the general public sale, which begins on Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 AM. To take advantage of this pre-sale, full season ticket holders must call 1.877.RBSOCCER.

Tickets to the match are priced at $30 for sideline seats and $25 for endline seats.

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