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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:


Discipline Summary:

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


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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Richards wonderstrike gives Bulls Win over Man. City

Posted on 26 July 2010 by dkarell

The “King of Friendlies” has struck again.

After a great goal against Santos F.C. of Brazil in the opening of Red Bull Arena, Dane Richards once again conjured up his magic, and sent a rocket off his foot off the crossbar and into the net, giving the Red Bulls the 2-1 win.

“As Kandji drew the defenders toward him, I just asked him for the ball,” said Richards. “I just remembered the Santos game, so I just struck it.”

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It was a hot and muggy day at Red Bull Arena, that became cooler when the skies opened up for the second game of the double header.

Both the Red Bulls and Manchester City were allowed to use all available subs as well because of the heat.

In the first half, with many of the best Red Bull’s players out on the field, they controlled the tempo and played some exciting soccer.

Just seven minutes in, the aforementioned Richards put on the afterburners and quickly passed former England international Wayne Bridge down the right side of the field. He cross the ball into the middle of the box on the ground, and a touch from Macoumba Kandji was all that was needed to give the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead.

“I saw Dane took off, so I just timed my run, and he couldn’t have put it any better” said Kandji.

The Red Bull’s confidence grew from the goal, and the team continued to attack on the Manchester City goal.

Thierry Henry had a wonderful chance to put the Red Bulls up 2-0 in the 20th minute when he was played through on goal by Kandji.

But Henry pulled his shot from the left side of the box just inches wide of the post.

It was only one of many chances for the Red Bulls in the first half, but the score stayed at 1-0 into half time.

At the half, the Red Bulls replaced most of their stars with reserves, and the rhythm of the game was put off.

“We made five subs at the half, and you could see after a few minutes that the rhythm of the game was not there,” said head coach Hans Backe.

In the second half, Man City started to dominate the match. In the 55th minute, Alex Nimely, who was lively throughout the game, stole the ball from Red Bull midfielder Carl Robinson in the Red Bull half of the field.

A couple passes later and the ball was at the feet of City youngster Greg Cunningham, who sent in a low cross from the left.

City’s tall Brazilian striker Jo Silva deftly got his foot on the ball and turned it into the back of the net, giving Man City an equalizer.

But 15 minutes later, against the run of play, Richards hit one of the best goals seen at Red Bull Arena so far to give New York the 2-1 lead in the 70th minute.

And despite some tense moments at the end, the Red Bulls held on for the win, and finish in third place at the Barclays New York Football Challenge.

“It was exciting, playing some World Class teams and players, and I thought the team played well today and we’re happy with the result,” said captain Carlos Mendes.

For Man City, it was a second loss in a row, and they now head to Atlanta for a friendly with Club America of Mexico.But despite the loss, the team is keeping things in perspective.

“We are here in the preparations for the season, so we have to keep going, keep fighting, and keep enjoying ourselves,” said Emmanuel Adebayor. “I think they (New York Red Bulls) had a good game and it was their day today.”

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 2, Manchester City 1
Barclays New York Challenge
July 25, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 23,228

Scoring Summary:
NY: Macoumba Kandji (Dane Richards) 7’
MCFC: Jo (Greg Cunningham) 55’
NY: Dane Richards (Macoumba Kandji) 70’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Jeremy Hall (caution) 30’


New York Red Bulls – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Greg Sutton 62’), Roy Miller (Danleigh Borman 46’), Tim Ream (Andrew Boyens 63’), Carlos Mendes (Mike Petke 71’), Jeremy Hall (Chris Albright 46’), Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere (Carl Robinson 46’), Seth Stammler (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 46’), Dane Richards (Marcos Paullo Peixoto 81’), Macoumba Kandji (Salou Ibrahim 71’), Thierry Henry (Conor Chinn 46’)

Manchester City – Joe Hart (GK) (Stuart Taylor 46’), Wayne Bridge (Craig Bellamy 82’), Nedum Onuoha (Joleon Lescott 63’), Dedryck Boyata (Kolo Toure 63’), Ben Mee, Andrew Tutte, Stephen Ireland (Greg Cunningham 46’), Scott Kay (Pablo Zabaleta 82’), Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo (Adam Johnson 63’)


Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Jason Cullum, Eric Boria
4th Referee: Andrew Chapin

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