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Tuesday audio update

Posted on 25 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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The ASN MLS Week 9 wrap-up

Posted on 23 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Ljungberg and Convey do battle ©John Crouch/ASN

The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0 to take three points at Qwest Field and all it took was three shots. But the real bombshell hit at the press conference when Sigi Schimd made several overtures seemingly directed at Freddie Ljungberg (left with Bobby Convey), wondering why unnamed players throw up their hands when there is a bad pass or arguing with the referee when the play is going on. Freddie Ljungberg, you are no longer in the good graces of Sigi Schmid and are officially on notice. Kyle Alm has more on that, plus be sure to check out the photo gallery.

A late equalizer from Chivas USA’s Justin Braun was wasted as Real Salt Lake’s Fabian Espindola scored the game winner less than a minute from time at the Home Depot Center Saturday night. Chivas USA head coach Martin Vasquez was not happy with his team’s performance “We came back in the second half and we were able to get a nice goal and play better, but we lost our focus in the 89th minute,” he said. Read the match report.

ASN photographer Nigel Brooks was on hand at the Houston Dynamo’s 2-0 victory over DC United Saturday, May 22. A few of our favorites are on the Dynamo page, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). You can view the full gallery on our Facebook page. If you’re already a member go directly to the gallery here.

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Photo gallery: Quakes 1, Sounders 0

Posted on 23 May 2010 by ASN Staff

The Seattle Sounders were defeated by the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday 1-0 in a match that might become more famous for being the one where Sigi Schmid called out Freddie Ljungberg. Here is a photo gallery supplied by John Crouch. More of John’s work can be seen at vaphotography.net

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Unfinished Business – San Jose 1 Seattle 0

Posted on 22 May 2010 by Kyle Alm

Stuff like this caught Schmid's ire...

San Jose took three points on the road at Qwest Field and all it took was three shots. The Quakes put one shot on goal in the 11th minute and that was all that it took. The ball was crossed by Brandon McDonald from the far right all the way across, past James Riley and Bobby Burling, dropping to a wide-open Chris Wondolowski who did not leave any doubt that he can finish.

Sounders got behind the high back-line of the San Jose Earthquakes, won 11 corners (one shy of the team record for all you stat nerds), took 18 shots but only manage three shots on frame.

There were many positive things about the match. Nyassi was productive and his replacement also did quite well. Gonzalez and Riley were able to contain Gjertsen and Convey respectively, certainly a big key to the game and probably why San Jose only managed three shots. Sounders not only took a fairly large number of corner kicks but they looked in control and turned corner kicks into scoring opportunities.

Finishing, remains the team’s bugaboo. Blaise N’kufo simply cannot get here soon enough.

The real bombshell hit at the press conference when Sigi Schimd made several overtures that are seemingly directed at Freddie Ljungberg, wondering why unnamed players throw up their hands when there is a bad pass or arguing with the referee when the play is going on. Freddie Ljungberg, you are no longer in the good graces of Sigi Schmid and are officially on notice.

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 8

Posted on 17 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

ASN's choice for POTW ©Julie Harper/ASN

It was a week of shotstoppers and productive off-the-bench cameos. Fredy Montero and Danny Mwanga, only one of which made Week Eight’s Best XI, each had a little more than 10 minutes to do the trick. Both were up to the task, Mwanga rocketing a shot past seemingly unbeatable Kevin Hartman to grab a point and Montero proving that Red Bull Arena is no fortress with his late contribution to a 1-0 Seattle Sounders win. Kevin Hartman, Stefan Frei, Will Hesmer, and Preston Burpo all logged impressive performances but only one could grab the honor of Best XI goalkeeper this week. Who would it be? Head over to ASN Philly to find out!

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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 17 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Welcome to the eighth installment of this feature, which will run within a day or two of the team’s last game, this season. Today we focus on the New York Red Bulls’ 1-0 defeat to Seattle on Saturday. To see an explanation of these terms (Good, Bad, Red, Dead) skip to the bottom of this page.

The Good:
Danleigh Borman. After some difficulties in the opening minutes he got more comfortable as the game wore on. His goalline save, where he bailed out Bouna Condoul, was class.

Carl Robinson may just be a serviceable midfielder after all. Had his best game as a Red Bull. Granted that isn’t saying much but we’ll take what we can get. Little victories.

Jeremy Hall actually had a decent defensive game. For whatever reason Seattle chose not to have Steve Zakuani attack his part of the field. The few times they did it went nowhere.

The Bad:
Juan Pablo Angel. I’ve said it before: This guy can’t move. But it goes beyond that. He can no longer play his role as target striker. Instead he is caught in some kind of existential struggle to redefine his position. This is why you see him in midfield where (presumably) his body takes less of a pounding and where he does not have to engage defenders (even slow ones like Leo Gonzalez) in foot races. Except, this just causes more problems for the actual guys playing midfield. Specifically, it makes Joel Lindpere’s job much more difficult as he suddenly has to compete for balls with Angel and has less space to operate. Lindpere, lest we forget, is the team’s best and only midfield attacking weapon at this point. Yeah, we know, Angel isn’t getting the service he needs and deserves, particularly from the wings. But forwards also have to create chances for themselves by making runs and creating space. Angel does not appear capable of either at this point in his career. That’s a shame, but it has gotten to the point where it is dragging the rest of the team down as well. And oh yeah, his attitude, at least as displayed in his very visible body language during games, is not doing him any favors either. Instead of bitching about lack of service, how about starting a run to create a passing lane for somebody? Oh right, he can’t run. Then sit yourself on the bench. This is not the time or the place to redefine yourself as a midfielder. Unfortunately, with injuries to Macoumba Kandji and now Salou Ibrahim there are few realistic alternatives at striker.

Bouna Condoul had another horrible game. By sheer luck (and Danleigh Borman) he didn’t cost the team any goals, though he probably should have done better with Freddy Montero’s shot that ended up in the net.

Dane Richards was largely invisible except when he was giving the ball to the opposition and doing his best to turn scoring chances into exercises in futility.

The Red
There are a few potential flashpoints on this roster that deserve our attention in the coming weeks. One is obviously striker, where Angel appears incapable of positive contributions. But Angel isn’t going anywhere and not only because he’s the captain of the team. There just aren’t any other options at striker. Conor Chinn has serious weaknesses as we saw vs. New England, Kandji is out, John Wolyniec will probably need to take Salou’s place and that’s about it without getting Osorio-an.

At this point the goalkeeper position may be the team’s most glaring issue. Condoul has had his chance. Several of them, in fact. He still can’t position himself, can barely take goal kicks and does way too many bonehead things. But here too there is no real competition. Greg Sutton has done very little to prove he is at all reliable and there are no other goalies on the roster at present. It sure would be nice to have a guy like Jon Busch, wouldn’t it? Surely the second division has goalkeepers who can do better than either one on the New York Red Bulls’ roster at present. Please sign one or two. Or go to Europe if you absolutely need to. Just do something, please.

Dane Richards was taken out of the game pretty early, the first indication that Hans Backe might not be happy with his play. Will we see somebody else start at right midfield Thursday? Let’s hope so because Dane Richards doesn’t belong in MLS at this point.

Speaking of Backe, what was he doing playing Seth Stammler at left midfield in a home game? And why did he play Brian Nielsen as a forward, much less on the right side? Yes, we are now questioning Backe’s decisions. Well, it was inevitable.

The traffic/transportation situation to and from Red Bull Arena came back to bite the team. I’m not faulting the authorities for doing what they need to when situations involving suspicious packages and the like arise. But there are simply no contingency plans to deal with these type of issues. The area around Red Bull Arena not only lacks parking but appears to be a giant bottleneck. This was not the last time something like this will happen either. It doesn’t have to be a suspicious package. Debris on the track, electrical issues, “sick” passengers and any number of other issues can cut off the lone line of rail access from Manhattan to Harrison. With that, the team loses potential fans and its efforts to grow the sport in the area take a giant step back.

The Dead
The idea that Bouna Condoul and Dane Richards can be starters needs to be quashed.

Seth Stammler at left midfield. Never again, please.

Juan Pablo Angel as creative attacking midfielder. Unless he wants to try it in practice first.

We don’t want to see him die but Tyrone Marshall is a punk thug who should get a lifetime ban for all the things he has already done. Most recent example: After getting a yellow card Saturday he responded with an obscene gesture to display his outrage. Never mind the fact that Marshall probably should have been thrown out of the game for trying to play referee and cop and being a general wanker on the previous play. The gesture was caught on camera. It was in plain sight, though the referee had his head turned slightly. That should have been a second yellow card and automatic expulsion.

More ASN coverage of the match

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference audio

Mike Petke makes his feelings known on the match

Player ratings

Photo gallery

Red Bull New York statement re: PATH station

Discuss the game on our forum, where you can also share your stories from the PATH fiasco.

Explanation of terms

The Good – Should speak for itself. Players, formations, strategies, substitutions and other things that “looked good” for whatever reason (but not aesthetically. We don’t care about players’ hairstyles and the like).

The Bad – Opposite of good. Who and what looked lousy and why.

The Red – Things that have us concerned. Primarily individual play but could also be strategies, (lack of) substitutions and putting players at positions they have no business occupying (though that practice thankfully appears done with the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio).

The Dead – Players, schemes or strategies that deserve to be put out to pasture.

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Photo gallery: Sounders become first team to win at Red Bull Arena

Posted on 16 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 1-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders May 15 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots are here, 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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Photo gallery: Sounders 1, RBNY 0

Posted on 16 May 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 1-0 defeat to the Seattle Sounders May 15 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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More ASN coverage of the match

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference audio

Mike Petke makes his feelings known on the match

Player ratings

Red Bull New York statement re: PATH station

Discuss the game on our forum, where you can also share your stories from the PATH fiasco.

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MLS Week 8 wrap-up

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The LA Galaxy hoped to send Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle off to national team camp in style, with a win over Toronto FC Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. It didn’t happen thanks in no small part to the exploits of TFC keeper Stefan Frei. “A goalkeeper can always be a great equalizer in our sport and he was great tonight,” Donovan said of Frei’s effort after the match. Still, the 0-0 draw allows the Galaxy to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. ASN’s Ivan Yeo reports from Carson, Calif.

Three thousand miles away, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Fred Montero single-handedly put an end to the New York Red Bulls unbeaten run at their new ground. Montero slotted home the only goal of the match in the 85th minute. ASN has tons of coverage from that match.

Down the road in Philadelphia, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored his first ever MLS regular season goal, which stood up until the very last minute of stoppage time when Philadelphia’s Danny Mwanga got his first career goal. The Union rookie rocketed a shot from just inside the box for a 1-1 final at Lincoln Financial Field. Breton Bonnette wrote a match report while Sam Toma rated the Philadelphia players.

Philip Woodruff followed the proceedings from Dallas and supplied a match report and FC Dallas player ratings.

In the nation’s capital, the Colorado Rapids ended one of the longest streaks in MLS history, defeating DC United 1-0 at RFK Stadium for the first time in 11 years and sending the home side further into the abyss of the MLS table. Chris Snear has that report.

For just the second time this season and the first time in over a month, the New England Revolution were able to keep a clean sheet as they held their opponents the San Jose Earthquakes scoreless. Although the Revs were not able to find the back of the net themselves, they proved not only to have the defensive mettle necessary to earn a draw, but showed strength in the midfield for the second league game in a row. Hank Alexandre reports from Gillette Stadium.

Finally, in Kansas City, with the home side trailing 2-1 in the 89th minute, Kei Kamara found himself all alone in front of a gaping goal. Less than a month ago in similar circumstances, the Wizards striker garnered worldwide attention when he slipped, missed the ball, and handled on his way to the ground. This time, Kamara remained on his feet and easily tapped it in to complete a two goal, second-half comeback for the Wizards. “This time I was wearing blue shoes,” Kamara explained after the match, which was covered by Nate Brinson.

Goalscorer Montero takes on Tony Tchani as Hans Backe looks on ©Scott Marsh/ASN

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Petke on Sounders match: 'We shouldnt' have even tied'

Posted on 16 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Mike Petke ©First Row Photos

A visibly dejected Mike Petke did not sugarcoat his feelings after the New York Red Bulls’ 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Never one to mince his words, the centerback said his team were hard done by the result, their first loss at Red Bull Arena. “It’s a game we shouldn’t have lost, I can tell you that,” he said. “If anything, worst case scenario we should have walked out with a tie and still be pissed off like we are right now. We shouldn’t have even tied the game.”

The visiting Sounders were “a team that we were better than, that we should have put away,” Petke added. “We didn’t and they ended up walking out of here with a positive result for themselves.”

Still, the Babylon, N.Y., native found plenty to criticize about his own side. “It was too much in spurts tonight…instead of putting our will on them starting from the opening whistle.”

The decisive play of the game came off a freekick around the midfield line. Brad Evans played a long ball over Petke onto the foot of Fredy Montero, who did the rest, leaving Bouna Condoul little chance in depositing the ball into the short corner of the goal.

“Noone reacted right,” Petke said of the play. “Immediately there should have been someone in front of that wall and us four should have reacted–obviously–a little better.”

How much do the Red Bulls need a playmaking midfielder? “It’s hard to answer that question,” he said. “If we get a superstar that could help us…that’s gonna help us. I think Joel [Lindpere] is capable.”

Ultimately the addition of players like Thierry Henry or Ze Roberto mattered little if the team’s core could not produce.

“It doesn’t matter who we have. Getting players like that will improve us always…We have to right these things ourselves. one or two players doesn’t make a team.”

Petke knows things do not get any easier from here for the Bulls. A short week awaits, followed by a visit by the undefeated Columbus Crew on Thursday night. With a loss to the two-time defending Supporters Shield champions, the Red Bulls drop out of first place in the Eastern Conference.

“We’re playing Thursday against a very good team, Columbus. Man up and put our balls to the wall,” was how Petke assessed the situation.

A packed schedule of five games in two weeks will then lead the team into the two-week World Cup break. The Red Bulls visit New England May 29, a place they have not won in years. A tough Houston Dynamo squad visit Red Bull Arena June 2 before the pre-World Cup schedule concludes with a visit from Chivas USA June 5.

More ASN coverage of the match

Hans Backe’s postgame press conference audio

Player ratings

Red Bull New York statement re: PATH station

Discuss the game on our forum, where you can also share your stories from the PATH fiasco.

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